I fell in love with the city of Austin while I was a student at the University of Texas. The relaxed atmosphere, economic growth opportunities, and burgeoning tech industry make it an ideal location for any attorney as well.
Austin is the tech industry capital, the capital of Texas and the live musical capital of the Southwest, thus providing the perfect marriage of career opportunities and a laid-back lifestyle. Many high-tech companies, including Dell Computers and National Instruments, are headquartered in Austin
Here are a few reasons why Austin may be worth a look for a lawyer considering a move to the city and some insight into why those who have made the move are thanking their lucky stars they already live in Austin:
- #3 on Where Jobs Will be in 2014 by Forbes.
- #36 in Attorney Buying Power by National Association for Law Placement (NALP); and
- #14 on the list of Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes.
Next time you find yourself within Austin’s city limits, try out one of my favorite places, to stay, eat, drink, or play:
Where to Stay:
For a hotel conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the downtown Hilton will make sure you make your 8:00 AM business meeting with time to spare.
The “UT Hotel” is on the edge of the campus of the University of Texas, making it walking distance for any event on the 40 acres.
For those looking for a hotel with a little of Austin’s quirky personality, the Austin Motel on South Congress is a great fit.
Where to Eat:
The current darling of the Austin BBQ scene is Franklin’s Barbecue, and my friends swear the brisket is worth the typical two-hour wait.
For a casual lunch which combines a great view of Lake Austin and delicious Mexican food, Hula Hut is an Austin favorite.
The sushi and Japanese food at Uchi are perfect for a business lunch meeting or date night.
Where to Drink:
The view of Lake Austin is the perfect backdrop for a coffee meeting with a work colleague at Mozart’s Coffee Roaster’s.
Pair the famous “Mexican Martini” at Trudy’s with either the chile relleno (my favorite) or the stuffed avocado.
The Tigress Pub offers a cozy atmosphere and a bartender who will customize any drink.
What to Do:
Stroll along the eclectic shops on South Congress with a margarita in hand on First Thursday.
From March to November, take part in the bat viewings under Congress Avenue bridge.
Every night in Austin, a great band plays somewhere within the city limits. This impressive music calendar illustrates why Austin is the headquarters for live music in the Southwest.
This is the second part in a series exploring Texas and its largest legal markets. The next post will cover Fort Worth, Texas. Please contact Jennifer Clifton at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the Texas legal market.
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