timeandspace11 wrote:Thanks to all who have answered questions. I will be attending UT this fall and am just trying to soak up as much information as possible before school starts. I know I wont I have to worry about some of these questions for awhile, but I figure it cant hurt to ask just so I have an idea of how things work.
1. When would be a good time to buy supplements, if at all? Would it be better to get a feel for the class for a week or so before making a decision?
My take on supplements might be a little different from the TLS conventional wisdom, but I'll share what worked for me. I think there's no harm in picking up and leafing through a couple used E&Es a few weeks before school starts, if you're bored and have a few bucks to burn. My reasoning is that the more basic law you can get a feel for early on, the less foreign the classes and cases will seem, the more "fluency" you will gain, and the less you will have to memorize at crunch time. The two subjects I tried this with before 1L were torts and contracts, and those were the subjects I felt most comfortable with at exam time (which translated into good grades).
The obvious counterpoint is that every professor is different, and you shouldn't waste time learning complicated stuff that's not going to be tested. Hence, a few caveats: Don't bother memorizing things, just get a feel for the structure of the law. Don't read law stuff at the expense of important activities like going out drinking with your friends and future classmates (seriously). Don't buy hornbooks or commercial outlines (yet), just basic study guides that read easy, like E&Es or the excellent Concepts and Insights series
. Don't spend much money on this. Don't try to do it for every class. Finally, don't talk about it with anyone lest you seem like a gunner. The point of reading ahead blindly is not to gun, but to get a sense of what you'll be learning in class.
Every prof is going to be different, and some are notorious for having outside-the-box classes (e.g., Bone for civ pro, Berman for crim, maybe Graglia for con law). But in every contracts class you're going to discuss what a contract is, in every torts class you're going to focus on negligence, and in every property class you're going to cover estates in land. (The other three subjects are dicier.) Everybody's learning styles are going to be different, so if you're curious about the 1L subjects, why not indulge it?
On a related note, for once class starts, I've already posted a list of standard go-to supplements ITT. If your prof recommends one, get it, but don't limit yourself to that. Ignore any prof who forbids supplements -- do what works for you, not them.
2. Is is harder for out of state students with no ties to land a job in Texas? Unlicensed I believe you said you were not from Texas so I would especially be interested to hear your opinion. I have heard Houston may be the easiest spot to land a job if you have no ties.
I got zero callbacks from Texas firms at OCI (not from Texas, no ties). But I didn't really care about Texas, and I'm pretty sure the interviewers picked up on that. As others have said, it's not hard if you care enough to manufacture yourself some ties (e.g., visit Houston and network with some attorneys there); plenty of out-of-staters do this and succeed.
3. Say I may want to work in New York City (although obviously would be fine working in Texas as well), I imagine it would be a good idea to go to the job fair in New York. Should I also try and interview with New York firms at OCI or maybe stick with in state firms to play it safe?
If you want NYC, absolutely go there to interview and bid NYC firms at OCI (if you have the grades). NYC firms tend not to reach deep into the class at UT, but you can't get a job there if you don't try.
4. Finally what is the general mood of the students in terms of employment prospects in the coming years? Obviously this is a hard question to answer. I have spoken with a few current students and they seem to believe a higher percentage of students are getting the jobs they desire, whether it be big law, public interest ect... but most would obviously also say it is not nearly as good as pre recession times. Any insight on future hiring would be appreciated.
Mood seemed pretty good in my class (2013) -- much better than 2011 and somewhat better than 2012. Anecdotally, most of my friends have their first-choice jobs or something close. Regardless, hustle hard, focus on grades, do the 1L CSO events, and start thinking early about how to sell yourself to employers.