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Southern Methodist / SMU Laptop Suggestions
« on: April 24, 2005, 09:20:39 PM »
Did anyone buy a laptop through the SMU computer buying program? All my mail from SMU gets sent to my parent's house in TEXAS (Im in DC) and I haven't had the chance to look at the options. Also, any suggestions as to decent laptops. Specific models, specs, programs, etc? Thanks for any insights.

Southern Methodist / Re: SMU Law Starter Thread
« on: March 06, 2005, 03:19:59 PM »
Just wanted to add this to my "unread." Looks like I will be going to SMU this year. Any apartment suggestions?

I would fix my credit to obtain more student loans so that I didn't have to go to LS part-time and work full-time.

Oh great, now I am getting worried  :-\

I had a deliquent credit card (long story but I paid off a credit card, moved, but didn't cancel the card....had a fraudulent charge added but didnt know, and it went unpaid for three years). The deliquency was taken care of, but I am still in the process of cancelling more cards I didn't even know I had.

Another thing to add to my list of things to do before law school. This is almost starting to feel like a "things I would like to do before I die" kinda list  ;)

Thanks for the responses. I am definitely going to practice my typing skills and will start an intensive workout program so I can have a regular workout schedule once school starts.

Yes, this is yet another prelaw posting/question but I was really curious about what y'all would have done the year or summer before to prepare yourself for law school. Would you try and refine a technical skill like speed typing and speed reading? Were there any things or concepts you wish you already had memorized? Were there times when you thought "Man, I wish I went over this stuff in the summer when I had time instead of wasting time on it now when I have a billion of other things to work on?" I was thinking of going over the Constitution again (haven't really looked at it since PoliSci and figure it would help a lot in Con Law. I know there is a possiblity of burn out before law school and that we should enjoy ourselves before law school, but I only want to spend little time on things that will help in the long term. I know this isn't something y'all like to dwell on here in the current law students thread but any helpful hints or incites would be greatly appreciated (especially given y'alls time constraint in law school). 

Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: May 16, 2007, 11:46:09 PM »
You will find out which section you belong to in a few weeks. They don't want to create the sections until they know who all is going to make the distribution fair (i.e. they dont want to have one section with more high LSATs or GPAs than the other one).

Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: May 15, 2007, 10:33:37 PM »
BTW, let me know who your profs are next year...if I have the outlines or class bibles I can forward those to you.

Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: May 15, 2007, 09:25:15 PM »
Congrats on the acceptance...just remember this feeling when you are studying for finals. You will need to reflect on every happy moment you get  ;)

2 wouldn't really be considered inbreeding.  Most law schools have at least some professors who went to school there.

You are right; I was overestimating the number based on what I observed during an ASD.  It seemed like everyone I met from the staff and faculty had a JD from SMU (I guess they were just trying to show us successful grads) There are still a few associate professors with SMU JDs, and even a couple that have other SMU degrees. 

I stand by my lack of prestige comment for all three (but would love to be proven wrong)...

J.D. or J.D. equivalent:
Texas: 7
Harvard: 4
Yale: 4
Michigan: 3
Georgetown: 3
Columbia: 2
Stanford: 2
SMU: 2
NYU: 1
Virginia: 1
North Western: 1
American: 1

Post JD Degrees:
Oxford: 4
Yale: 3
NYU: 3
Columbia: 3
Harvard: 1
Texas: 1

PhDs: 3

47 full professors.

You're right. An inbred and unprestigious faculty. sh*t. Come to think of it, my Civ Pro professor wrote part of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure; thatís like a double whammy Ďcause he is teaching kids his own rules! And all the adjunct professors do is bring in real world experience! They donít even bring in a fancy pants name!

God, SMU is a TTT. I think I'm going to drop out and be a guy that sells flowers on the street corner. Obviously heís more prestigious.

Edit/Add: Troll.

You should have told me you have Dorsaneo...I would have warned you about how he tests on interlocutory appeal even though he only spent 10 seconds in class talking about it.

Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: April 27, 2007, 06:26:12 PM »
Everyone need to stop acting like SMU, Houston, and all the other schools are limited to their home cities. It is merely easier to stay in the home city, there is nothing difficult about finding a job outside of the school's home city. Any grad from a Texas law school can easily work in any city within Texas, including Austin.

As a current law student at SMU I have to say that it is "difficult" to find - at least summer employment - in Houston UNLESS you have (1) killer grades/rank, (2) local ties, and/or (3) in a specialized filed like IP law. While I agree it is not impossible to graduate from SMU and move to Houston (or graduate from UofH and move to Dallas), that is assuming you have rocked the curve. My friends that do have summer jobs in Houston are in the top 10% of their class and have local ties.

Also, I have heard that the big firm legal market in Houston is a bit easier to get into over Dallas, but these firms will still require class rank or specialization. Just something else to consider...I don't want any of y'all thinking it will be a cakewalk when finding jobs in the Houston market.  

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