My SMU 4/4/08 ASD Review
I liked it a lot. I went to make sure that I was not making a big mistake by turning down the higher ranked school and enrolling. The school really exceeded my expectations. There were about 25 students there so we all got personal attention. The weather cleared up (after rain all night) so that the out of towners could get a good feel for the city. Things That I Liked
1. All of our guides were on top of their game. We got to meet 10-15 different students throughout the day and each one of them was very outgoing and well informed about the school. Even the Students that I talked to who had no affiliation with the ASD each said that they made a good choice. They were candid about any complaints they had but overall they were happy.
2. They gave us the latest employment numbers for the class of 2008. 80% of students are employed at the time of graduation (sounds respectable to me). Of that 80%, the more than 70% that went into private practice had an avg. salary of 114,000. Those are self reported numbers so take them for what their worth but they sound pretty good. They also said that they are being much more selective this year than in recent years. (Possibly Due to an increase in applications? Do schools say this every year?)
3. The Contracts class was pretty good. The professor we sat in on did not use Socratic at all. The guides said that some professors will use it exclusively, others not at all. After the first year you will get a feel for who you mesh with and who you donít. Very interesting class. I actually understood some of it.
4. They fed us as well as the entire law school. We got to eat lunch with professors and current students. Basic stuff. The guides said that there was an opportunity for a free lunch 2-3 times a week because of events sponsored by different student organizations.
5. The Parking garage is awesome. You can pretty much step out of your car and into class.
6. They gave a lot of info on the law reviews (3 of them). It doesnít sound like itís impossible to get on one.Things I didnít Like.
1. The dean had to catch a plane so he was only around for about 20 min. Heís a pretty interesting guy though.
2. You can tell that the buildings are a little older. I donít really care about that but some will. They did have some beautiful classrooms. Others not so much.
So Iím going to SMU and I feel pretty good about it. Itís going to be really nice not having to move. They made a very good case that I will be able to get a great legal education there and really stressed their ties to the Dallas Legal market. So I guess Iíll see some of you in Dallas.