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Incoming 1Ls / Re: SMU Class of 2009
« on: April 27, 2006, 07:07:02 AM »
yeah I go to the LS now. I moved from the DC area so this area is still "cheap" to me ::)

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Incoming 1Ls / Re: SMU Class of 2009
« on: April 26, 2006, 11:05:04 PM »
Depends on your price range. If you can afford $1000-$2000 per month, you have a lot of options immediately around campus and uptown. $600-1000/month will land you on the east of 75 and some apartments near campus, but they are limited. That is also the price range in the Village, but some are really nice (over $1000/month) and some are real crap-holes ($630 or so). Less than $600/month will land you in the ghetto. Getting your car broken into month after month is really not worth the extra savings.

If you (or your parents) already have month, you should just buy a condo. $300K will buy you a decent 1500 SQ/FT 2-bdr near campus, but most are about $350K.

As you can see, the area around SMU is NOT cheap and most kids here are REALLY rich. I know a couple of kids that live in high rise apartments that cost over $500K in Turtle Creek. I live in an efficiency, but I will probably move after this year since my rent will be increased by $100/month after this lease ends.

BTW, physically come to Dallas and search. A friend of mine used one of those apartment hunter companies, and they put her in the crappest apartment in the Village (you can still smell the mold).

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: this sucks..Yale vs. NYU full ride
« on: April 19, 2006, 08:21:23 AM »
Reading threads like this one, makes me glad that I don't go to an Ivy League school. I couldn't imagine having to put up with a person like this on a daily basis, let alone if it was the majority of the student body.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Free Ride at Alabama or Texas Tech
« on: April 09, 2006, 01:04:19 AM »
Depends on a number of factors:

1) Did you visit and like UH
2) Would you like to live in the Houston area for a while
3) What is the difference in cost between UH and Alabama (including COL stuff too)
4) What are the requirements to keep your scholarships
5) Could you survive the worst case scenario (i.e. being in the bottom third of the class)
6) Also, research each firm to see how well they place in clerkships and public service opportunities. I know UH has a good clinical program that is run by the law school, but I never really researched UH or Alabama.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Free Ride at Alabama or Texas Tech
« on: April 08, 2006, 11:53:57 AM »
Before you make a decision VISIT the school and the area! You can try and convince yourself of the great hiring prospects of the school you are attending, but if you hate the school, student body, and the area, law school will be hell. The little things that bring you happiness really does matter when briefs, memos, study group outlines, moot court, etc are due. I don't know how well Alabama places in Texas. I have been researching firms in the DFW area and I haven't seen many Alabama JDs on firm websites. Remember, Texas is a regionalized state: other than UT, firms typically recruit from the law school in their own region.

Law firms don't hire people because they went to a random law school and assume they're rare. If you go to Alabama, you are going to have to rank high in your class. Since law firms in Texas don't hire from Alabama as much as the local Texas schools, they are not going to be familar with the work quality that comes from that school. Additionally, DO NOT think that you will rank highly in your class. Everyone in your class will be smart, everyone in your class will be competitive, and everyone will think of a legal concept that is little stronger or creative than yours. Imagine taking the top two people in all of your class at undergrad and competing with them for the highest test score. Though a poor anaology, that's law school.

If you are truely interested in public interest, take the full ride. I am assuming you are from Texas, so you will have some local connections. Again, you will have to work a bit harder than those that go to law school in Texas, but it is not impossible to break into the market. It sucks that you have to pick what region of Texas you want to practice in BEFORE you attend law school, but you won't be restricted forever. The first 3-5 years you may be stuck in one region, but thereafter, you are free to persue other regions.

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Y'all are coming at a good time...our major brief is due on Monday so you won't see a bunch of 1Ls frantically running around the library screaming "Why won't it !@#*$&%* print!?!?" ;). Let me know what professors' classes y'all sat in on. I wonder if you will be placed in section 2 classes only, since those professors are easier.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: After UT - SMU v. Baylor v. UH
« on: January 30, 2006, 09:32:04 PM »
Baylor isnt that bad, and the law school is completely separate from the undergrad....no Baptist teachings there.

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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: After UT - SMU v. Baylor v. UH
« on: January 29, 2006, 09:46:31 PM »
Depends on what you want.

- If you are interested in working in corporate/Big Law firms in the Dallas area, go SMU

- If you are interested in litigation and hardcore legal training, go Baylor

- If you are interested in corporate law in the Houston area, go UH

- If you didnt get full rides anywhere else and want to do solo or local small firms, go to the other Texas schools

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Actually a lot of people go to non-accredited school to get a better understanding of the law. People who own there own business or who want to work in a legally related field but not as an attorney (i.e. an Erin Brockovich type), will sometimes go to these schools for such knowledge. Additionally, their companies will sometimes pay for their tutition just so their employees wont have to quit to go to another law school that may not be in their town.

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hey long time no see.  Your avatar entered my mind from time to time.  How is law school treating you? 


Hey, law school is alright. Harder than expected, but I'm still glad I decided to go to law school. I am still waiting on grades, so I dont know how I'm doing so far. Where did you decide to go to?

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