Torres1893 wrote:I'm now strongly considering UH. Initially it was my first choice, but after coming to TLS I made it my safety. I got accepted to UT, and really want to go, but UH is much more affordable. I can graduate with less than 20k debt if I stay with my parents, or with less than 80k if I find an apartment.
The only thing holding me back was the employment prospects, but after looking at UH's 2015 grad salaries broken down to size of firm, I'm more confident of going there. I just want a job in Houston post graduation with a salary of 90k or more. I would be happy. I can't say the same with UT. Even if I hit biglaw with UT I would still owe around 150k or more at graduation.
I think I'm going to be a double coog. I guess it all depends on how I feel on the ASD on the 25th. I might just go visit sooner when I can.
sorry for the rant. I just need to vent my concerns. I didn't think I would be this stressed out choosing a school.
90k or more really tends to mean biglaw. Sure there are a few outliers but that salary is not a general fallback option. 60-80 is the vast majority of good salaries for people without a specialty of some sort. Anecdotally many of these 60-80 are general lit, immigration, or just smaller firms. Stats can't show what got people the higher and lower salaries unfortunately. I know most of those non big law and "business and industry" people from that year and, for anecdata purposes, lots of those upper end salaries have work experience (25 or so of them are older with past jobs in a related field) and are in places like Healthcare compliance, employment specialties, etc.
I obviously don't know your background but I would say if your exact goal is 90k+ or bust maybe reevaluate (or decide if a lower salary to start is going to satisfy you)? Top 30% is not biglaw secure here. 80k is doable in theory, 60k is fairly likely, and both can offer more freedom than biglaw. Can you bring something extra to an employer? Is ut too expensive for the likelihood of a high salary, or do you have a retake? Only you can decide your risk level and goals.
For what it's worth, I had a great outcome for my goals. And we actually get more people employed as lawyers then stats show (a bunch get offers after bar results and new year rolls around).