« on: November 11, 2006, 05:24:17 AM »
There is absolutely nothing wrong with going to a T3/T4.
As many people have already stated - what is it you want?
If you want big/big law, or to move about the country or make the big/big bucks then it's a mistake.
If you want to practice in the area where the school is then it's not a mistake.
Just as an example:
2 years ago my daughter applied to UT Austin (her only school) for ea/ed. They deferred her to spring and then put her on the wait list (3.8/164). She called and they had not taken anyone off the list for 3 years. She applied to a T4 down the road - 30 days late. They offered her a full scholarship (she loves it there). She now has at least 4 job offers (2nd yr summer associate) from 1,500 to 2,600 a week.
The whole reason she applied to to UT only and then the T4 was that she want to practice in Austin, Tx only. The T4 has a very good regional reputation withon the state.
Yes, if you go to a T1 you can brag more and have more options but as I stated in the beginning - "What is it you want to do and where do you want to do it."
I've hired a few people in my career. If I'm hiring a fresh graduate - where you went to school plays a small part. After 3-5 years it's - what you know not where you went.
PS: When poeple talk about how important your first year grades are they are not kidding. You interview for 2nd year summer the beginning of your 2nd year. All they have to go on is 1st year grades, 1st year moot court competition and law review acceptance.
You cannot get an OCI unless you are in the top 25% at her school and most want top 10%.
She though it kinda funny that during all her interviews that (mostly) they wanted to talk about was her acting and dance history.