Current 1L so I'll take a stab at your questions.HenryHankPalmer wrote: ↑Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:58 amI'll lightning round some questions. I am 100% confident in my decision to attend UT, but I am curious about a few things.
1. What do job prospects look like at median? The Biglaw+Fed clerk numbers look like they are pretty close to 45%, but I was told this weekend that this number could be higher if not for self selection (people taking public interest jobs or returning home to Fort Worth/Corpus/Abilene/Tyler to work in a small-ish firm).
2. What is the level of camaraderie like between students? Do you generally like (or at least tolerate) most of your classmates? Can we expect an uptick in gunners now that we have that sweet T14 prestige?
3. How attainable are 1L SA's? Are those only reserved for Coif kids, or do they tip beyond Top 10%?
4. What has been your favorite part of UT Law thus far? Least favorite?
5. How does one go about buying a San Jacinto Garage pass? Is it worth getting on the waiting list right now?
6. Can anyone speak about the advocacy programs? Is it possible to participate in competitive moot court, a journal, do decent in school, and not want to tear your hair out?
1) When talking to recruiters before school started and through the 1L summer recruiting process, median tends to be the cutoff for them at UT. Median doesn't mean that they will wash your feet and beg you to come work for them, but it gets you in the door, and really I think that's all you can ask for. And personally, I don't think it's all that hard to get median if you just give a damn and work for it.
2) This was the biggest surprise to me coming in, but everyone I have met has been great. UT does a great job of putting you in a position to form friends if you want to, or you can just chill at home by yourself if that's your thing. Everyone is placed into a small group of 20 people that does intramurals together, panels, etc. and the clubs do a great job of letting 1Ls get involved early. I haven't had a single bad interaction with another student, and everyone seems to be friends. My classmates have been hands down the best thing about UT for me so far.
3) This is going against conventional TLS (LSL?) wisdom, but frankly I don't think they're as hard to get as it seems. They won't be handed to you, and you need to work for it, but more people get them than you think. You don't have to be Top 10% or even top 1/3rd to get them if you attend firm's holiday parties and other events during the year and are personable. I'm not saying they're easy to get, but I thought 1L SAs were for the elite of the elite, but they're really not that exclusive.
4) Already mentioned that the people are my favorite part, so I'll add that every professor I have had has been great. I think I got lucky with that, but the professors genuinely want to help and have been willing to go out of their way to do so. Least favorite is probably the administrative staff, but that's no big deal.
5) I bought a summer pass and just renewed it for the fall. Greatest purchase I've made during law school.
6) I can't speak to the advocacy portion or the journal yet, but it has been my experience that the people who are the most involved seem to be the happy and not miserable. It's completely up to the person though. I like having my day filled with stuff to do so loading up my calendar helps me get through the day, but other people just want to go to school then go home, and that's cool too, but you just need to know who you are as a person.