« on: June 06, 2007, 01:53:22 PM »
While small, the 14-10 schools do offer a placement advantage in Texas. Is it worth giving up instate tuition (and probably a scholarship on top if you can get into T14)? Maybe not.
Lets just say, a lot of in-state UTexas students would never have this option.
It’s tough to see GULC or Cornell having a placement advantage over UT in Texas…if it’s there, it’s tough to measure. Something that negligible isn’t something worth considering. I guess I should have said that some of the top 14 schools probably don’t offer a significant placement advantage over UT. NW and Duke may do a little better…but I think you have to look at HYSCCNMVP for a real difference.
vercingetorix, get down to Texas much? You seem to know so much about it. Let us know when you start your job search. You're as green as anyone else when it comes to securing employment as an attorney. I think your "it's mostly about whom you know" concept is naive, or at the least misapplied as a cliche. More likely, it's mostly about the numbers and your relative position in the class...just as it's always been...just as it was when you applied to law school...because you'll be appealing to strangers for a job. I don't see how going to the large state school makes you so much more familiar to the top employers in the state. They see 300 eager faces when they visit that school and only 20 when they go to a Chicago or Columbia (yes they actually visit those schools too). Nepotism applies to family members, not strangers who went to the same school. Hell, most of the people that go through UT-Law didn't go to UT undergrad...and isn't undergrad where you develop your school pride/loyalty and all that? This is much more sophisticated than you make it sound. These are intelligent people making intelligent choices, not just picking the colors they like best. You have in mind an office of 10 attorneys, all of whom went to UT. I have in mind an office of 200 attorneys from disparate backgrounds and schools that sends people to schools across the country to recruit new attorneys. Yes, that's what really happens.
Oh, Top-14 & huge debt versus UT & low debt is a false choice. Many people actually get decent scholarships to top-14 schools.