While you’re preparing for the LSAT, you’re likely also thinking about your law school applications and your career. Choosing the right place to attend law school and establish your law career is extremely important for your long-term success. Every state offers different financial benefits and other perks, too. So are you thinking about the Southwest? Check out these top three reasons to practice law in Texas!
Attorney Salaries Rank #1
Zippia.com (a career guidance site) ranked Texas number one in attorney salaries. Texas stands as a top state with an (adjusted) average salary of $150,313. To get this ranking, Zippia kept the living wage in each state in mind. Using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s living wage calculator, they figured out how much money someone would need to make to support two adults and one child. In Texas, that adds to about $48,160. So with the average attorney salary at $143,490, divided by the living wage, Zippia came up with an adjusted salary of $150,313.
And clearly, the direct average salary of $143,490 sounds very good. To be realistic, this likely doesn’t apply to most recent law grads, but it’s good to know how things might develop.
Texas is Diverse, Dynamic, and Well-Populated
According to Georgetown University Law’s career advisors, 49% of summer associates in Texas were women and 28% ethnically and/or racially diverse (in 2015). And Houston (the country’s 4th largest city) is one of Texas’ hottest legal markets. Although Houston has been all about energy law, oil and gas are losing steam. But thankfully, technology law has been on the rise.
So not only are there opportunities to work with an emerging legal market, you can also enjoy the cultural perks of living in Houston. You can enjoy Houston museums, artisan crafts, international foods, and awesome entertainment!
And of course, Austin is developing into one of the coolest cities in the U.S. It offers a vibrant music culture, the South by Southwest conference, and popular restaurants. Austin is another Texan city where you can balance your law career with an enriching personal life.
Texas Has Three of the Largest U.S. Firms
Reasons to Practice Law in Texas
Agree with these top reasons to settle in Texas? Do you have any others that should be included here? Feel free to leave a comment!