It won't be a payhike, but you might see the cost of living slide a little. Especially housing.
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Messages - ricefigaro
« on: August 08, 2008, 11:15:49 AM »
...assuming you want to do litigation, yes? For those wanting to do transactional work maybe the skills you pick up through law review aren't quite as relevant.
« on: May 29, 2008, 11:50:45 PM »
1) I think many 1Ls manage to find work outside of Texas for the summer (and your options are even better summer after 2L). It depends on what you're looking for, your first semester grades, the economy, etc. Internship salaries run from nothing to $3,000 a week. If you have one of the later and if you work nine to twelve weeks, you could save a significant amount of money and put it towards your education.
2) I don't know if there are many students interested in entertainment law, although we have a whole journal devoted to it that you could probably get involved with as a 1L (http://www.utexas.edu/law/journals/tresl/). Texas is a big school so chances are we have something that will meet your interests.
« on: May 27, 2008, 08:19:30 PM »
1) you won't have any say with regard to class schedule although you will have an elective your second semester. you'll probably have classes in the mornings four days a week (three days a week if you are lucky) and two classes in the afternoon. You'll probably be finished by 3pm. You will either have no classes or one class on fridays (I was lucky...first semester I had no classes on thursday and one blow-off class on friday)
2) That I don't know. Keep up with the reading, constantly review, work hard, and check out old exams and you should do fine.
3) I took public transportation. You probably know more about parking on campus than I do.
4) You shouldn't worry about making Law Review. Membership on law review is dependant on your grades and your write-on essay. If you want to make Law Review, you should concentrate on your grades.
5) Professors are really accessible. I don't think it is intimidating at all. A lot of the professors are interested in you as a person so I would suggest, especially with your small group professor (you'll take one class with about 25 others your first semester), to go up to the professor and tell them a little about yourself. You don't always have to have a question about class. You can talk about other interests, family, or career paths.
6) I think the Society program is fine. At this point in your life most people are adults and will participate as much or as little as they want. You can play intermural sports in your society, go to social events, etc. It is really nice the first couple of weeks as your mentors will be a great resource in helping you make the adjustment to law school.
As for the summer, the best advice is to enjoy yourself. There will be plenty of time to work later and trying to prepare ahead (reading a casebook on constitutional law) isn't very effective without knowing more about what particular areas of the law that professor plans on covering and how they will be assessing you.
« on: May 26, 2008, 04:58:26 PM »
Hey ya'll, welcome to UT. I just finished my 1L year and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have.
A little about me, I'm an out-of-stater who went to undergrad in texas, I worked for a couple years before coming to law school, and I'm working with some firms in Houston for the summer. Any questions you have about UT fire away...
While it is true that the spots available do not deferentiate between 1Ls and 2Ls I don't think you need to take that into account. The vast majority of summer v25s (I guess 95%) are filled by 2Ls. So if you want to add anything to the initial estimate of 4500 people vying for spots you should just add the total number of 1L summers not all possible 1Ls because those 1L slots are assumedly being filled at the expense of a 2L who would otherwise have had that spot. Of course getting a 1L position is more difficult and if you wanted to study just summer placement you should double the number of job seekers to 9000 but I am just interested in jobs after graduation.
Let's extrapolate the number of V100 summers from the number of V25 summers (you could collect the NALP data if you were so inclined). The firms get smaller as you go down so let's assume that there are 3 times as many V100 summer positions as V25 summer positions. That is still 10,887 summer positions. How many people graduated from T14s last year? I believe less than 4,000. Thus, it seems to me that a V100 position for a T14 after graduation is practically guaranteed if you want one.
This thread made me wonder how many summer positions there were at the most well regarded firms. I looked at NALP and complied a list:
Total number of 2008 Summers according to NALP
Wachtell – 30
Cravath – 165
Sullivan – 148
Skadden – 272
Davis – 134 Total V5: 749
Simpson – 145
Clearly – 108
Weil – 194
Covington – 72 V 6-10: 780 V 1-10: 1,529
Kirkland – 197
Shearman – 153
Debevoise – 75
Wilmer – 115
Sidley – 197 V 11-15: 737 V 1-15: 2,266
Williams Connely – 32
Paul Weiss – 107
Gibson – 160
Arnold – 91
OMM – 134 V 16-20: 524 V 1-20:2,790
Jones – 230
White and Case – 190
Morrison F – 151
Ropes and Gray – 170
Milbank – 98 V 21-25: 839 V 1-25: 3,629
And according graduation data taken from ABA, there were about 4,500 graduates from the T18 or so. Comparing this graduation figure of 4,500 with the number of V25 summer gigs 3,629. It seems safe to say that those who go to a T14 are practically guaranteed a V100 job if they want one.
Just so you know that list is outdated. 2007 PPP is here: