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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: April 18, 2007, 08:55:01 AM »
For example, UT does not use grades for legal research and writing. Furthermore, UT students on law review do not receive academic credit for their work on law review. Also, the big firms in Dallas and Houston rank SMU summer clerks higher than UT clerks on the quality of their memos and their work ethic in general.

UT does give grades for LRLW, though sometime in the past it was Pass/Fail. Just curious, where did you get these Dallas/Houston rankings of UT/SMU summer clerks?

Not sure where they are published or if they are. It was something I heard from Career Services, so I don't know if it was a survey or feedback form they are basing this on. I'm sure the UT career services department has something similar if you ask them.

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Law School Applications / Re: SMU
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:33:48 PM »
As a second year at SMU, I need to say something about Admitted Day. Most of the events planned for the day/weekend were canceled due to weather. Normally we have Hamburger Man in the quad, where you would have witnessed the camaraderie and student interaction first hand. Secondly, all the first years were in the process of turning in their open briefs (the only legal research and writing grade for 3 hours of credit - basically it was like turning a semester long project that determines your entire grade). So those students were probably not in the mood to woo prospective students and were probably hating law school at that time (I know I did).

I agree with your assessment regarding SMU's placement in Dallas. Most people that pick SMU do so because they want to remain in Dallas; others simply choose to remain because there is a really good legal market here, the cost of living is low compared to other large cities, and the big firms here pay well and require fewer billable hours than the DC and NYC firms of the world.

Since I was not on your tour, I can't view the context of the "SMU is better than UT" experience you had. All of us here recognize that UT is the better school in Texas, especially considering the professors they have there as well as the high caliber students that attend there. But we are regarded well in Dallas, do well research and writing wise, and win many moot court/mock trial competitions around the world. For example, UT does not use grades for legal research and writing. Furthermore, UT students on law review do not receive academic credit for their work on law review. Also, the big firms in Dallas and Houston rank SMU summer clerks higher than UT clerks on the quality of their memos and their work ethic in general. Again, UT is a better school reputation wise, but SMU is still a good law school in Texas.

Also, just note that not all people have the same experiences as you did at SMU. I also visited W&L before I went to SMU and while I agree it has a nice environment, it is far from perfect. Take the anti-homosexual attacks that were happening at the W&L law school campus a few months ago - again all law schools have eye sores. SMU is definitely a regional school - you want to practice somewhere other than the South, then SMU is probably not the school for you.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: SMU 2010 Starter Thread
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:03:29 PM »
Midjeep, how's the summer job hunting going? 

There really isn't anything you should do to prep for law school until you receive your first assignments. Focus on moving, loans, and tying up loose ends.

As far as living is concerned, many law students live in the Village amoung the various apartment complexes. It will all depend on how much you want to spend per month - generally decent apt's will be in the $600-$800/month range.

I will be working at a firm for the first half of the summer. I'm still looking for a second half job.

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This whole thread is a bit outdated in light of the new ABA policy.  Michigan, for example, looks primarily at the highest and also peeks at the average.  FWIW USC considers the highest, that was missing even on the original list.

I agree, since I cannot delete this thread I will try and lock it so people will not rely on outdated info...

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: SMU 2010 Starter Thread
« on: February 05, 2007, 06:07:29 AM »
There really isn't anything you should do to prep for law school until you receive your first assignments. Focus on moving, loans, and tying up loose ends.

As far as living is concerned, many law students live in the Village amoung the various apartment complexes. It will all depend on how much you want to spend per month - generally decent apt's will be in the $600-$800/month range.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Tax Law, LLM required?
« on: January 20, 2007, 03:58:24 PM »
On an anecdotal level, an alum from my school who does in-house tax work for a major oil company said that he started an LLM program after he'd been in the workforce for a while, but just didn't have the time to finish.  He also said that the NYU Tax LLM is far and away the best, in his opinion the only one worth the time and expense.

I asked my tax law professor this, and he seconded the NYU program. If you are 100% certain you want to go into tax law, then a tax LLM from NYU is your best option. While many attorneys in big law firms that practice tax law don't have LLMs, the extra degree will open a lot more doors in case you want to get out of the big law firm loop.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU 1L up for questions
« on: December 30, 2006, 12:56:55 AM »
Yup

Well his class was entertaining....especially during the first week as a 1L.  ;)

Dorsaneo is pretty awesome. Lotta fun in his class.


You're a 2L, right?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU 1L up for questions
« on: December 29, 2006, 12:12:31 AM »
Well his class was entertaining....especially during the first week as a 1L.  ;)

Dorsaneo is pretty awesome. Lotta fun in his class.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: SMU 1L up for questions
« on: December 29, 2006, 12:11:20 AM »
Nope, Baylor was the first school I got into...I ended up with SMU in the end. Did you end up in Texas or Michigan?


I thought you went to Baylor

Midjeep, how's the summer job hunting going? 

It's going, but I'm not expecting anything until after March. At SMU we still have Spring OCI and a small number of big law firms interview for people they missed during Fall OCI or for those who might have been moved to the top 25%. Plus the medium and small firms don't start interviewing until Jan and Feb so I guess I will keep my fingers crossed till then.  ;)

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