I'm going to SMU unless UT decides to let me in off WL.
goodword and contract2008 - don't rain on my parade. (I can experience that in other threads aplenty)
I'm also going to SMU unless Northwestern decides to let me in by some miracle (Not going to happen).
If you don't mind working in DFW (Which is a plus for me) and you don't get into UT (also me) SMU is a great choice. I've been able to get to know a bunch of the attorneys that work at my firm and each of them (even the recent t14 grads) have said to me that you canít really go wrong with either school as long as you want to stay in the state. I even had a Northwestern grad tell me that if she had realized that she was coming back to Texas at the time, she might have taken a full ride at UH. Texas firms like to hire fellow Texans. Please realize that in no way am I equating the opportunities that a UT grad will have vs. an SMU grad. The UT gradís choices will probably be better but the prospects for schools in the state below UT are not as dire as some would have you believe. SMU and UH do well in their respective markets.
I do wish the school would try harder to increase its national reputation. With the resources that they have and their excellent location it would be feasible for them to push their ranking considerably higher. They do not seem like they are really committed to doing it in my opinion. As it stands right now, itís still a good choice.
I'll be at the ASD on Friday. Anyone else?
I think most schools with similar rankings including SMU are trying to boost their national rankings. If you ask attorneys in DFW that went to the school in the '90's, most will say that they attended SMU before it became what it is today. SMU's LSAT range and GPA range continue to increase. Perhaps, they might try and recruit from other places besides Texas and Orange County, CA though.