« on: April 17, 2008, 09:55:12 PM »
are you coming to big d for the summer bump?
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not this again...
i'm not in the top 25%,Just wondering if anyone has any idea if SMU gives out need based grants based on your EFC. Saw that many other schools do and wondering if we should expect any extra $.
honestly....it doesn't matter where you go, law school ain't cheap.
but SMU does give out a lot of $$$ in scholarships and aid, and even if i didn't get any $$$ i would have been happy at smu.
excellent networking and job placement, especially if you want to stay in DFW or Texas.
I'm a lowly 1L and i have a sweet summer position and i'm excited about more opportunities next summer
don't worry about the $$$.
it's not that much money when you consider your earning potential the rest of your career.
SMU is in a much better spot than other schools, even those ranked higher. SMU is in DFW and the economy is great, housing bubble is not bad here at all, and cost of living is pretty cheap.
lots of legal jobs in many different indistries, and the only real competition is from UT grads who all want to stay in austin. about 85% of smu law grads stay in dfw and they love to hire other people from smu
I don't want to be a Debbie Downer here, but make sure you really consider the financial implications BEFORE attending ANY law school. I didn't get a single scholarship and maxed out the loan amounts and will be looking at paying $2000/month in just loans. I am a 3L in the top third of the class and still don't have a job offer, so it is not entirely rosey for me. That being said, I am still optimistic and not too worried about my job prospects because I know I will get a job, I just don't know when. Luckily I'm single with no family obligations, so the short-term hardship isn't too disconcerting for me either.
Whatever school you are visiting and when someone tells you that they have a great job or whatnot try to get their approximate class ranking. If they are in the top 10%, I would take their employment prospects with a grain of salt; if the student is around the 50% range of their class, their job prospects are a little more realistic for comparison purposes. Sorry for my "caveat emptor" moment, but I want to make sure y'all know what y'all are getting yourself into for law school in general, and not just SMU. I'm happy with choosing SMU, my degree, and my job prospects even though it is not defined yet. Even though Dallas is better off economically than most large cities, law students at most schools are still struggling to find jobs, whether it's SMU, Tulane, Houston, Baylor or even Texas, this year is going to be a little bit harder. Heck when I entered law school, the economy was booming and the job prospects were seemingly endless, so a lot can change for y'all in the next 3 years or so.
Just wondering if anyone has any idea if SMU gives out need based grants based on your EFC. Saw that many other schools do and wondering if we should expect any extra $.