romanticegotist wrote:Also also also (sorry for spamming)
Before anyone asks, I would say that in response to "how is UT perceived/wauuugh I'm not in a t-14 if I choose to go there" - don't fret, you're gonna be just fine here. Unless you want to work for Wachtell.
Actually, I totally disagree. It is a HUGE deal that UT is not a t14 school. Your options are limited at UT versus other t14 schools. And I say this as someone who has done very well at UT and, overall, is happy with my experience.
Here is what I tell people who ask: if you want a firm in Texas, then no reason to go higher than UT. If you want a federal court of appeals clerkship, big law out of state, etc., you need to KILL it at UT to even have a CHANCE at those opportunities. You SHOULD NOT go into UT expecting to have the same chances as you would at a t14 school. If you have any dreams of out-of-state, etc. go to a true t14 school. Its not that you do not have the opportunity at UT--its just that the opportunity is much less likely.
If you want more details, feel free to PM me. I hate to get too anecdotal on a public forum.