« on: April 08, 2006, 11:53:57 AM »
Before you make a decision VISIT the school and the area! You can try and convince yourself of the great hiring prospects of the school you are attending, but if you hate the school, student body, and the area, law school will be hell. The little things that bring you happiness really does matter when briefs, memos, study group outlines, moot court, etc are due. I don't know how well Alabama places in Texas. I have been researching firms in the DFW area and I haven't seen many Alabama JDs on firm websites. Remember, Texas is a regionalized state: other than UT, firms typically recruit from the law school in their own region.
Law firms don't hire people because they went to a random law school and assume they're rare. If you go to Alabama, you are going to have to rank high in your class. Since law firms in Texas don't hire from Alabama as much as the local Texas schools, they are not going to be familar with the work quality that comes from that school. Additionally, DO NOT think that you will rank highly in your class. Everyone in your class will be smart, everyone in your class will be competitive, and everyone will think of a legal concept that is little stronger or creative than yours. Imagine taking the top two people in all of your class at undergrad and competing with them for the highest test score. Though a poor anaology, that's law school.
If you are truely interested in public interest, take the full ride. I am assuming you are from Texas, so you will have some local connections. Again, you will have to work a bit harder than those that go to law school in Texas, but it is not impossible to break into the market. It sucks that you have to pick what region of Texas you want to practice in BEFORE you attend law school, but you won't be restricted forever. The first 3-5 years you may be stuck in one region, but thereafter, you are free to persue other regions.