Texas Tech (w/$$)
South Texas (w/$$$)
Texas Wesleyan (w/$$$)
St. Mary's (w/$$$)
I'm on the waitlist at Notre Dame and am pretty sure I have no shot at getting in. I still have 4 pending apps (2 way out of my league, plus SMU and Houston). Let's assume I do not get in to either SMU or Houston. I have 2 offers from decent-good schools that will both cost me over 100k and 4 offers from below average schools that are relatively cheap (24k-38k total debt assuming I can keep my scholarships, 42k-68k if I lose it). I ultimately want to practice in Dallas, Austin or Houston, but would be willing to take my first job in a small town to gain experience for a few years.
Somebody told me to take Baylor over Tulane, since I want to practice in Texas, but there are things Tulane can offer me that Baylor cannot. 1) Study abroad in Europe... it's something I never got to do in UG and I was really looking forward to in law school. 2) I'm viewing law school as a new chapter in my life, and being such, REALLY want a new and different environment. I did my UG at Baylor. I've run the 'bear trail' a thousand times. I've worked out at the "slick". I've gotten a "Milky Way" at Common Grounds. Apart from the academic stuff, I'll have no new memories. It's like I'm living my life over again. But, I have heard that they offer superior training for litigators (which is what I want to be)... Sigh-- I'm torn.
As for the T3 and T4s... am I crazy for considering them? South Texas, for example, places pretty well in Houston. I could live with my parents for free and only graduate with a marginal debt. Is this really such a bad plan?
Finally, if I do get accepted to SMU &/or Houston, would these offers trump your prior advice-- how so?