86revolt wrote:Esc wrote:yournamehere wrote:Fall semester:
3 doctrinal classes, each with total of 200 minutes per week of class meetings.
1 legal research & writing seminar, with just over an hour of week of class meetings.
Same class commitments as fall semester plus an elective, meeting for either 2, 3, or 4 hours per week.
No classes on Friday (unless your elective meets on Friday).
On campus and hours of homework really come down to the individual IMO. There are people who are efficient, and there are people who are inefficient. There's no way to predict it.
Everyone I've talked to agrees that the Spring semester is way more work because of the elective
don't you also secure a 1L summer position in the spring? what is your understanding of how successful you and other 1Ls have been in locking down a position? do you know anyone who was able to get a paid position? also, how generous is UT's public interest 1L summer stipend?
As at all law schools, you may start contacting legal employers on December 1st, and the more prestigious employers (federal judges, big law firms) may begin hiring in December. The first couple weeks of school in late January were especially hopping with students interviewing with firms, and with certain public service groups that were at PSCD (basically OCI for public service/interest groups). Most people have been quiet about their success, but from what I gather the more proactive people are getting positions, and perhaps the majority of people are still looking.
Texas Law Fellowships give out public interest stipends, about $4000 for the summer I think, but those are limited and probably rather competitive. I think they gave out 22 stipends last year - their fund raising was hurt by the economy. There are some other funding sources, but there is no Harvard-style school-wide program that gives out stipends for everyone doing public interest in their 1L summer.