DongLei wrote:Attended ASD today and was wholly unimpressed, tied with the ridiculous tuition increase (that wasn't even mentioned as a possibility during any presentations) has cemented my decision not to attend Tech.
My roommate is a 2L at Tech and the rosy picture that the student panel described at ASD isn't the whole picture. Per my roommate, outside of the top 10% many students are struggling to find employment. My roommate drove to Austin and Dallas multiple weekends for interviews, but they gave off the impression that they had too many applicants/too little spots for any summer employment. He has nothing paid lined up, just a 6 week unpaid internship in Dallas in the summer. The worst part of ASD was the career service presentation, the obviously rehearsed monologue was almost completely useless, she didn't talk about employment prospects/job search strategies or anything specific about how we will get jobs after graduation.
Advocacy and legal writing may be important, but if it can't get me a job with a salary high enough to pay off the (ever increasing) tuition, I'm not interested.
Well, you can't please them all. It is definitely true that the lower your class ranking, the more difficult it will be to find a job. If you want to work in Texas, when comparing schools, look at the respective schools' employment data carefully. To be competitive for "biglaw" you generally need to be in the top 10% at Tech. As a student, I have found Career Services to be very accommodating; after becoming a student, I have been inundated with strategies and specifics about job searching. If you were interested in any of these details, you could have asked Julie, or it seems like you could have asked your roommate. Good Luck at the law school you end up attending.