« on: August 03, 2006, 12:10:43 PM »
I am thinking about applying to UChicago this fall. After law school, I want to work in Dallas at one of the larger firms (Baker Botts, Vinson & Elkins, etc.). I have a few questions about Chicago and I would appreciate any answers.
1) I know that UT is the school of choice for Texas law firms. But I also know that the large firms make a lot of hires from the top-14 schools. I wonder if those firms have more stringent hiring criteria for UT than for a school like Chicago, where the student body is obviously more...endowed. I couldn't find anything on this through the NALP directory or elsewhere online. Basically, finishing in the top X% of the class at Chicago would seem to mean more than doing so at UT. What would I need to do at Chicago for a good Texas big law job, and how might that compare to what I would need to do at UT?
2) I have a wife and 7 year old son. The boy needs some space...some quality friends...a good school...and a park to play in. Perhaps we would have to live in the suburbs, with me commuting each day. Does anyone know if that would truly be feasible during 1L at a program like Chicago's?
3) Seriously, is 1L at Chicago that bad? The experience seems to get blown up. Maybe a lot of the complaining is from people who went straight from undergrad to law school. I have worked in a professional job for several years, putting in many 60+ hour weeks. I'm expecting law school to be like my job in terms of responsibility and time.
4 Do most people get well paying law-related jobs after 1L at Chicago? I could always spend the summer doing accounting (my current profession). I'm just wondering if I'll have to.
Thanks for any help. I know that's a lot.