helpplease wrote: Richie Tenenbaum wrote:
helpplease wrote:Got December LSAT score back today and got a 165 (91st percentile)! Awesome news considering UT is really my #1 choice and that 161 in October (83rd percentile) was not helping. Now only hard decision is if I get accepted......do I attend UT with little to no scholarship money or do I attend UH with a 75% ride? My god that will be a difficult situation. Thoughts????
1) Are you instate or not?
2) Career goals?
2) Big Law. Houston.
165 and 3.55--I think I have a shot at getting in but scholarships? Probably not.
I would imagine CoL between Houston and Austin would be pretty similar (maybe Houston is a little more expensive?-- because of more money needed for gas and apartments might be a little more). Tuition then would be something like 22.5K at UH and 99K at UT (not factoring in tuition increases that will probably happen at both while you attend). So the question is if UT is worth an additional 75K+ for trying to get Houston biglaw?
If this is going to be all loans, then you'll have something like 75K for CoL (maybe less) added to that total, so like 100K for UH and 175K for UT. If you strike out of biglaw at either, that debt will not be fun, though it will be definitely more crushing at UT. That said, your chance at biglaw is much better at UT--the impression I got from when I went through OCI last year was that if you were around top 40% at UT and you interviewed well, you would probably land something. (UT 2L and 3Ls who had a different experience or think that's off feel free to chime in.) If you are top 25% at UT, from Houston, focus on all the Houston firms, and are decent at interviewing, I would be pretty surprised if you struck out at OCI. I'm not sure what you would need to be at UH, but I assume it would be something like top 15% to 10% to have a good shot at biglaw. (UH people feel free to offer corrections to that guess.)
Both are risky choices (and the worst case scenario is worse at UT), but I think overall UT is the better choice.