Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

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Which city is your 180 destination for employment?

Austin
15
26%
Houston
8
14%
DFW
15
26%
San Antonio
3
5%
Other TX
0
No votes
Out of state Tri-state area
4
7%
Out of state CA area
10
18%
Out of state Chicago area
1
2%
Out of state Midwest area
1
2%
Out of state flyover state
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 57

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby rion91 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:07 pm

Houston=Cali>Austin>Chicago=NY=Boston>Dallas for me

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:08 pm

Attax wrote:
BigZuck wrote:Relevant?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douche_and_Turd

J/K bros, all of Texas is awesome

It does seem like you have to pick one or the other when it comes to big law (from my extremely limited experience). Or maybe it's just that if you have more obvious ties to one, the other just auto-dings you.


Really? That's a bummer. I'm primarily IP but also interested in oil&gas. I have IP connections in DFW, but now O&G is Houston. I could survive Houston if needed for a job and be happy. Oh well, I'll totes get that Austin biglaw lol.

If I had a true preference:

Austin=Dallas>Cali>Seattle>Boston>Chicago>NYC>Houston


Full disclosure: my experience is only limited to 1L job search and 1L OCI so it's too narrow to even really be considered evidence of anything.

But, I had some interest from firms in the market I had ties to and the other ones all insta-dinged me. I wasn't the only one who had this experience. I have also heard that Dallas v Houston is a real thing even among hiring committees and the butthurt is very real on both sides. So, if you're Houston born and raised then Dallas firms might look at you with suspicion and vice versa.

However, I think I have heard of people splitting 2L summer between a Houston and a Dallas firm and I know of at least one person from Fort Worth who got Houston big law and that's more representative of anything than my own narrow experience, I'm sure.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby El Principe » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:11 pm

BigZuck wrote:It does seem like you have to pick one or the other when it comes to big law (from my extremely limited experience). Or maybe it's just that if you have more obvious ties to one, the other just auto-dings you.


More obvious as in growing up in Dallas/Houston more or less precludes you from getting offers from Houston/Dallas firms respectively?

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Attax » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:13 pm

Any word from us small town folk? Granted, my small town is closer to Dallas, but it is 3 hours to DFW versus about 4 to Houston, so I think that is negligible.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:17 pm

El Principe wrote:
BigZuck wrote:It does seem like you have to pick one or the other when it comes to big law (from my extremely limited experience). Or maybe it's just that if you have more obvious ties to one, the other just auto-dings you.


More obvious as in growing up in Dallas/Houston more or less precludes you from getting offers from Houston/Dallas firms respectively?


Yeah, that's kind of the sense I got. It's hard to wash the Dallas stink off of you when interviewing with a Houston firm and vice versa.

Again though, I don't really have much experience with this so large heapings of salt are required.

I guess my main point is just don't go to UT thinking "Oh, I'll target Austin big law first, but that's hard to get so if I strike out I'll just do Houston big law. And on the off chance that doesn't work out I'm cool with Dallas big law." I don't think it really works like that, you have to be a bit more strategic. Just getting big law is hard enough.

Not saying anyone is looking at it that simplistically though, just trying to make a point.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:19 pm

Attax wrote:Any word from us small town folk? Granted, my small town is closer to Dallas, but it is 3 hours to DFW versus about 4 to Houston, so I think that is negligible.


I know someone from a small town in south TX who successfully got job interviews with Dallas, Houston, and Austin firms. He just came up with a different speech for each.

Again, this is all 1L summer stuff

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby ScottRiqui » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:34 pm

BigZuck, I know you've just done the 1L job thing so far, but do you know if it's possible to focus solely on Dallas for OCI? That's the only place I'll really want to work, but I don't know if there are enough Dallas offices represented at UT's OCI to attempt to "fill your dance card" with them.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby BigZuck » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:44 pm

ScottRiqui wrote:BigZuck, I know you've just done the 1L job thing so far, but do you know if it's possible to focus solely on Dallas for OCI? That's the only place I'll really want to work, but I don't know if there are enough Dallas offices represented at UT's OCI to attempt to "fill your dance card" with them.


I think you might be right in terms of the number of firms. If you dig around a bit you can find a thread about a UT student trying to finalize his bid list (I believe it was last year's OCI and he/she might have been URM so maybe info in that thread won't apply to everyone). Anyway, you might be able to get a general sense of what the bidding process looks like at the very least.

Sorry I can't be of more help there, hit me up again in the fall once I actually (hopefully?) know what I'm talking about.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby meb1212 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:53 pm

In! Got the call today

Submitted: 2/12
Complete: 2/26

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby rion91 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:58 pm

meb1212 wrote:In! Got the call today

Submitted: 2/12
Complete: 2/26

Congrats!! SO jealous.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby harrisyw » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:51 pm

Has anyone who received a request for a "Why UT?" statement and turned one in, not been accepted? What is the typical timing for them responding after you turn in the statement?

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Attax » Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:54 pm

harrisyw wrote:Has anyone who received a request for a "Why UT?" statement and turned one in, not been accepted? What is the typical timing for them responding after you turn in the statement?


Yes, I think one person earlier, but he didn't put much effort IIRC.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Kool-Aid » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:50 pm

Just got an email from financial aid and received my need-based award letter! Anybody else heard from them?

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Attax » Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:51 pm

I haven't yet.


But I did just withdraw all my other acceptances. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby whitecherries » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:37 pm

Got a call this afternoon and I'm in!!

Applied 2/1, went complete about 2 weeks later and asked to send a Why UT in early march. Honestly thought I was out because it's been so long, so this changes a lot. So excited though, good luck to everyone else waiting!

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby rion91 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:39 pm

whitecherries wrote:Got a call this afternoon and I'm in!!

Applied 2/1, went complete about 2 weeks later and asked to send a Why UT in early march. Honestly thought I was out because it's been so long, so this changes a lot. So excited though, good luck to everyone else waiting!

Congrats!! Are you a TX resident?

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby whitecherries » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:03 pm

rion91 wrote:
whitecherries wrote:Got a call this afternoon and I'm in!!

Applied 2/1, went complete about 2 weeks later and asked to send a Why UT in early march. Honestly thought I was out because it's been so long, so this changes a lot. So excited though, good luck to everyone else waiting!

Congrats!! Are you a TX resident?



Thank you! No, I'm a California resident

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby meb1212 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:16 pm

I'm not a TX resident anymore. But I went to UT for undergrad.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby El Principe » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:23 pm

Kool-Aid wrote:Just got an email from financial aid and received my need-based award letter! Anybody else heard from them?


WOW, that's fast.

Is it just loans, or does Texas do grants? I obviously don't want/need to know amounts if you're private about that, but I remember someone taking about Texas offering need based grants.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby Kool-Aid » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:28 pm

El Principe wrote:
Kool-Aid wrote:Just got an email from financial aid and received my need-based award letter! Anybody else heard from them?


WOW, that's fast.

Is it just loans, or does Texas do grants? I obviously don't want/need to know amounts if you're private about that, but I remember someone taking about Texas offering need based grants.


Grants and loans. I'm a resident and I've deposited, don't know if that had anything to do with the notification time though.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby El Principe » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:43 pm

Kool-Aid wrote:
El Principe wrote:
Kool-Aid wrote:Just got an email from financial aid and received my need-based award letter! Anybody else heard from them?


WOW, that's fast.

Is it just loans, or does Texas do grants? I obviously don't want/need to know amounts if you're private about that, but I remember someone taking about Texas offering need based grants.


Grants and loans. I'm a resident and I've deposited, don't know if that had anything to do with the notification time though.


Maybe the deposit. I'm a resident, haven't deposited yet. Still ruling out other options.

That's good that there are grants... anything to soften the COA blow helps. I got nothing of the likes from Vanderbilt, so I'm not feeling that at all, especially since UT gave me a better offer.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby rion91 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:48 pm

meb1212 wrote:I'm not a TX resident anymore. But I went to UT for undergrad.

Did you ever go to the law school as an UG? Law school campus is so secluded from the rest of everywhere. I actually prefer it that way, especially since it's so close to my current apt in North Campus

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby the_dude83 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:15 am

Received my credentials today! That is a relief, besides the fact its a waiting game now

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby meb1212 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:31 am

rion91 wrote:
meb1212 wrote:I'm not a TX resident anymore. But I went to UT for undergrad.

Did you ever go to the law school as an UG? Law school campus is so secluded from the rest of everywhere. I actually prefer it that way, especially since it's so close to my current apt in North Campus


I was actually around that area quite a bit because of where my UG classes were. I didn't go wandering around the building or anything, but I ate lunch on the pavilion a lot. It is nice that it's not right in the middle of campus.

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Re: Texas c/o 2017 Applicants (2013-2014 cycle)

Postby uvandy » Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:51 am

whitecherries wrote:Got a call this afternoon and I'm in!!

Applied 2/1, went complete about 2 weeks later and asked to send a Why UT in early march. Honestly thought I was out because it's been so long, so this changes a lot. So excited though, good luck to everyone else waiting!
Congrats! I'm so jealous. What do you mean by "thought I was out because it's been so long?" I applied in late Jan and haven't heard anything. Both my numbers are below median so an acceptance would be a miracle. Does UT take longer to send a ding?




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