this crap about being dead set on "environmental law" is your downfall. When you graduate you will take the best job you get, if you only apply for "environmental jobs" you will be competing for like 5 jobs amongst 10k recently minted law students. Looks like you're tied to Dallas with the girlfriend, you're better off going there.
Downfall? Really? God, that seems so sardonic. While I definitely appreciate the input, I do disagree with a couple of your assertions. I am not "dead set" on environmental law, as you say, but I am deeply interested in studying it. I did a lot of environmental work as an undergraduate, and it's been a passion of mine for a long time. As a result, I hope you can understand that Tulane's program is very intriguing to me.
As for being tied to the girlfriend in Dallas, that is certainly not the case. The truth is, I'm afraid that even if I am
in Dallas, her ridiculously busy job, coupled with me being in law school, would leave us very little downtime. As Robert Miller writes in Law School Confidential
, "Be incredibly wary about choosing a law school based on its proximity to a girlfriend or boyfriend...law school is a very disruptive experience." Plus, my girlfriend wants to leave Texas soon, so SMU (with 87% of its grads practicing in-state) provides much less flexibility in that event. And hey, who knows, she could very well end up following me to NOLA after a year or so.