MtnGinger wrote:I want to do it because of my career goals. I'm interested in doing international law, I will have undergrad degrees in both accounting and finance because my ultimate goal is working abroad for a large international company. Columbia has a 3 yr JD LLM in london where you can take the bar in both countries. But I hate NEw York I would much rather spend my time in the south and preferably Texas if I know I can get the international experience I need.
Conventional wisdom is that international law isn't really a thing. But if you're talking about large firm work you're much better off at a place like Columbia than at UT because large firm placement will be so much better. UT is a good school and has pretty good big law placement but its much more Texas-centric than you probably realize.
Preface: I am a 0L starting in the fall.
But to piggy back off this, from what I know, I agree that this international law isn't a thing. What your goals sound more like is you are interested in working in an international office, which is different from what international law is. The one person I know doing "int'l law" mostly helps rich people migrate to America despite criminal records.
Additionally, while those are nice goals, I don't think a regional school like UT is going to be your best bet. While I feel the UT brand is strong it is primarily regional. You'd be fighting super hard to get those jobs (probably top 5-10% of your class) here whereas at schools such as Columbia or NYU you will probably have a better chance at going biglaw -> in house at a company that happens to not be in the states (which, again, seems to be what your goals actually are based on your description).