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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Texas 1L taking questions...
« on: January 28, 2008, 10:38:02 PM »
Double post

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Texas 1L taking questions...
« on: January 28, 2008, 10:35:42 PM »
I haven't posted in a long time.

I'm a 1L at UT, I have a firm job set up for the summer in a market outside of Texas but near my hometown.  The firm was very impressed that I had left my midwest home to go to "such a fine law school" and gave me an offer without seeing my first semester grades.  I do have a solid undergraduate record, but no work experience.  I hope all is well, I'll check this thread.

Hook 'em.

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Forget everything in this thread, just go to Kansas State Law...

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I don't go to UT Law but I would love to if I can get in (praying for my LSATs next Saturday). But seriously, I would boldly stake the claim that Austin is one of the greatest cities for a student (if not the greatest). Yes, I am biased but seriously, the weather is great. The social scene is awesome. The music scene... we are known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Every band WILL come to Austin on their tour. The food... you can't get any better than Tex-Mex. And the whole atmosphere is very accepting and very chilled out. There so many local businesses that it would take years for someone to go to all the different restaurants. If you walk into almost any building, everybody is wearing sandals and a t-shirt. The idea or notion of suit and tie is almost unheard of in most places... of course this doesn't mean its lacking for professionalism. Its the capital city of Texas and rightfully so, politics and the law are huge here.

The only problem with this city is everybody loves it too much. Almost nobody wants to leave Austin when they graduate and only do so with reluctantly. And I think maybe because of this, there is year around construction but thats expected in any growing city. So be warned: if you come to Austin, you will not want to leave. 

Good luck on the exam, I haven't quite made it to that point yet, but I definitely can see it happening.

Also, you still out there botbot?  I'm curious why you're so sure about the rankings drop...

Poor instate crop this year that hurt the LSAT medians relative to other schools. 

Source?  I'll answer more questions later...

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I don't go to UT Law but I would love to if I can get in (praying for my LSATs next Saturday). But seriously, I would boldly stake the claim that Austin is one of the greatest cities for a student (if not the greatest). Yes, I am biased but seriously, the weather is great. The social scene is awesome. The music scene... we are known as the Live Music Capital of the World. Every band WILL come to Austin on their tour. The food... you can't get any better than Tex-Mex. And the whole atmosphere is very accepting and very chilled out. There so many local businesses that it would take years for someone to go to all the different restaurants. If you walk into almost any building, everybody is wearing sandals and a t-shirt. The idea or notion of suit and tie is almost unheard of in most places... of course this doesn't mean its lacking for professionalism. Its the capital city of Texas and rightfully so, politics and the law are huge here.

The only problem with this city is everybody loves it too much. Almost nobody wants to leave Austin when they graduate and only do so with reluctantly. And I think maybe because of this, there is year around construction but thats expected in any growing city. So be warned: if you come to Austin, you will not want to leave. 

Good luck on the exam, I haven't quite made it to that point yet, but I definitely can see it happening.

Also, you still out there botbot?  I'm curious why you're so sure about the rankings drop...

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What part of Austin is the school in?  Do most students live near the campus?  I know Austin has a relatively low COL compared to other major cities, but how much rent do you think the average law student pays there?

UT is kind of a second downtown a couple miles north of the actual downtown.  There's plenty of stuff going on right around campus.  The law school is on the northern edge of campus (just west of the corner Dean Keeton and Medical Arts).  Fire up google maps and it isn't hard to see what I'm talking about....  I have a condo which I'm renting for about 700/month a couple of blocks from the law school.  I'm in the relatively expensive Hyde Park area, which is fantastic because it so close to school and such a chill place to live, but is a little on the expensive side.  I'd say I pay a little above average.

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Working backwards.

For the first few weeks it was unbelievably hot.  To compensate, the law school must keep the thermostat at 59 degrees.  But I can already feel it cooling down, and I can't wait until February.  I don't think the temperature/weather is anything but a positive.

Along the same lines, I am new to Austin.  I think you'll quickly find that people from Austin or have experiences with Austin (by and large) absolutely love it.  I am definitely not an exception.  I think the best way to describe the Austin vibe would be to imagine taking any of the major college towns in the country (Madison, Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill, Berkley, etc.) and dropping it in the middle of Texas.  You get all the benefits of the college town (cool bars, interesting people, progressive politics, tons of arts, etc.) and all the benefits of Texas (amazing food, incredibly nice people, etc.).  If you think you'd hate living in Texas, you might not hate living in Austin....  But at the same time the Texas feeling isn't gone (football's a huge deal, I just got back from the Rice blowout).

The only redhed I know has initials K.S.

I think UT, USC, Vandy, WUSTL, and UCLA will take up the space between the top 14 and 20 for quite some time.  But, and obviously I'm biased, I think that if any of the schools has a chance to crack into the top 14, it is UT.  The survey scores are the hardest factor to game, and UT is in solid shape there.

Anything else?  Hope I can be of help, generally I'm very happy with my choice (if any of the regulars are around, I was choosing between UT, USC, and WUSTL ($$$)).

Edit: I missed a question.  A lot of student satisfaction has to do with job placement, and I obviously have no experience with that.  But I can say that my group of friends is very impressed with our profs, social lives, mentor/society program, etc.  So as a 1L only a couple months in, I'm quite satisfied.

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Shoot.

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Law School Applications / Re: GULC PT Waitlist Thread
« on: August 24, 2007, 12:20:08 AM »
I'm still waiting around... not sure if I'd go at this point, but I'll wait until next week.  A funny story about the filter... my friend plays so much online poker (which has the same type of thing) that at this point he gets around not-existent censors in e-mails and IM's.  His method of choice?  D.ick

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A friend of mine dropped out of college to start www.box.net

Check it out, I think you'll like it.

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