« on: May 27, 2004, 12:26:17 AM »
I was born and raised in Texas. And I still live here. So..yes, I am from Texas. In fact, I currently work for the oldest and one of the largest law firms in Texas. We, as well as most large firms in Texas has many more Tech grads than Baylor grads.
And I see that you are relying totally on US News and World Distort and not on real life. That is sad. There are plenty of "lower tiered" schools that mold more productive legal professionals than so called "Tier 1" schools. Most rankings are very political.
And given that Baylor's law school is much older than Tech's, I would expect them to have more judges out there. If they didn't, there would be a serious problem.
I respect your opinion, but you've got alot to learn about real life my friend.
I think its sad that you have to respond to my arguments with objective opinions instead of hard facts. If you work for a large firm that doesn't employ many Baylor graduates, then you obviously don't work for a highly respected one.
Here are some facts...
NALP Directory of Legal Employees: 30 firms recruited at Texas Tech, 85 firms recruit at Baylor.
Employment at Graduation for Baylor: 71%
Employment at Graduation for Tech: 40.9 (Cooley's is 44%)
Bar Passage Rate at Baylor: 91.2%
Bar Passage Rate at Tech: 82.3% (Barely above the average of 78%)
In response to Baylor having the most judges because they are old, then why wouldn't UT have the most? They are around the same age and the class sizes at Texas are over double those at Baylor. If a firm employees more Tech graduates, then that is either because they are closely located to Tech, because of the fact that Tech has a larger student body, or because that firm isn't very well respected. The facts speak for themselves, Baylor is a better school.
Thanks and Gig 'Em,
I also agree with maroonout. You can't base the quality and strength of a law school based on opinion and giving the "I work at a top law firm and we don't have Baylor grads here" argument. One law firm is not representative of the entire state of Texas. I would have to question the location and main purpose of your law firm as well (if its in west texas I would assume more Tech grads would work there and also the type of law your firm deals with will also be a factor). Now I am not going to bash Tech because it is getting better with a new dean and a new focus; however, I am going to have to agree with USNews and all other rankings out there that put Baylor above Tech based on quality aspects. There are many successful Baylor law grad alumns including former governor Anne Richards and Leon Jaworski (the lawyer in charge of the Watergate scandal) that have excellent trial advocacy skills and practice all over the world. Not to mention the fact that Baylor law students continuously win at moot court competitions all over the country beating out Ivy League and top 20 schools consistently. I begin to question the validity of your law firm when you use such an argument similar to "your law school sucks because we say so." If the rest of your firm thinks that way, no wonder there are only Tech graduates there.