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Graduating from South Texas, even if you are on the moot court team, will NOT give you the same opportunities in Texas that UT does.  For one, most bigger firms (or boutiques that are formed from large-firm partner defections) will not even look at a South Texas grad for an entry-level position unless he/she is within the top 5% of the class.  Those firms would, however, be willing to consider a UT grad that was further back in the class rankings.

Moot court members as STCL, won't be on par with UT law review, but they will get some interviews.  My point is that in the Houston market for sure, STCL moot court grads will get similar opportunities as undistinguished UT grads.  And, I have no doubt that the successful moot court grads have no trouble finding a job.

Here is an article I found:
South Texas College of Law Wins National Advocacy Competition

February 28, 2011--South Texas College of Law students picked up the school's 107th national advocacy competition title this past weekend in Virginia.

The team of John Crump, Mira Haykal, and Nick Parker won the 40th Annual William B. Spong, Jr., Memorial Moot Court Competition sponsored by the College of William and Mary, defeating New York University School of Law in the final round.

The students argued a hypothetical case dealing with Congressional power to withhold cost of living raises from federal judges. The team was coached by Associate Dean T. Gerald Treece, Rob Galloway '91, Courtney Carlson '08, Jessica Sykora '08, and Paige Woodard Mitchell '05.

I bet that none of these kids are in the top 10% of their class, and all will have no trouble finding work. 

But, the point was that rankings go out the window when you are trying to practice in a particular location.  Not that STCL would ever be ranked ahead of UT law.  I used it as an example of a situation where some T4 students are competing with a T1 school.  I guarantee STCL moot court students have an advantage over a Michigan grad in Houston.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: Recommended E&Es?
« on: April 05, 2011, 09:43:50 AM »
You only need two books for 0L:

Getting to Maybe; and Law School Confidential

Rutgers, unless you get into Cardozo.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: How much studying should I be doing a day?
« on: April 05, 2011, 09:16:59 AM »
If you need, many of the companies offer an online version of the study programs.  Some come with personalized coaching (via telephone) as part of the package. 

I would recommend putting in at least 150 hours before test day.  1 hour a day is a good start.  The prep course will  make it easier.  If you need more material, get the powerscore books.   

I would suggest that you compile your own personalized rankings. Ranking systems can't really do anything but tell you a school's reputation.  US News is remarkably close on that. 

The most important factor that you should be considering is where you want to work/practice after graduation.  Going to University of Iowa (#27) won't help you much if you want to work in NYC.  Different schools have different reputations in thier community for specialties. 

Good example is South Texas, a T4 school, which is in the top 10 trial advocacy schools.  Graduating from South Texas (if you are on the moot court team) gives you the same opportunities in Texas that UT (#15) does.

Make a choice of the schools that accepted you and pay a seat deposit.  You can always forfeit it if you get in at SW. 

US News does both tax and litigation rankings:

Litigation Rankings.

Tax Rankings.

For non-ranked specialties, you should find a school with one or two professors who are famous in that area.  There are a lot of practice focus' that you will have trouble finding very many classes on.  Expertise in those areas isn't generally available from law school. 

The OP was posting to get a link to his website, it wasn't a sincere request for info. 

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Re: Admissions chances...
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:03:00 AM »
I think your thinking is roughly on the right track.  You should be focused almost exclusively on LSAT right now.  You could also start to think about whether any professors remember you well enough to write you a letter of recommendation. 

The major with the highest acceptance rate to law school is Math/Physics. 

I don't think you need to worry.  There is a link to a Free book on my signature--it has a checklist that will take you through the process. 

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