« on: June 28, 2007, 09:19:43 AM »
Disclaimer: all of this is based on my personal impressions of each school and conversations with recent grads and attorneys in Austin/Dallas/Houston. I'm not claiming this to be gospel.
UofH has no trouble placing its grads in Houston, which is the biggest legal market in Texas. If you don't mind settling in Houston and can reasonably expect you'll place in the top half of you class, go to UH. SMU may help you make more connections, just based on their average demographic, but unless you get a good scholarship, the cost is very high.
Baylor is expensive and so rigorous that it's hard to do well unless you study around the clock (problematic when you have a family). Plus, it's harder to get the same job from Baylor as a similarly ranked UH/SMU grad, due to smaller alumni network. Shoot, a big-time partner at one of the firms I work with is a Baylor grad and the firm still doesn't recruit at Baylor! And it gets 3-5 ppl/year each from UH and SMU, for what that's worth.
Texas Tech is a decent school, but the location and small alumni network makes it difficult for them to place grads on par with schools mentioned above.
Just study very hard for the LSAT, read through all of the advice on the LSAT board, do at least 20 practice tests (recent, of course) and get the highest score you can. Don't make the school selection process or personal statement topics, etc. keep your mind off what's important now. Take the test, then do all the other things while you wait for your score.