Yeah, it depends on what you are looking for. If you like upscale bars/restaurants or the "chic scene," head over to Uptown and the bars on McKinney (go south from SMU campus towards downtown Dallas on I-75 and take EXIT #1: Blackburn/Haskell). Most of the bars in that area are on McKinney. The other neighborhoods to look at are Oaklawn, Turtle Creek, and the American Airlines center. If you like the laid back/sports bar type scene, go to lower Greenville. If you are on the SMU campus, take Mockingbird Street towards the east and turn right on Greenville (the third traffic signal after you cross over I-75). The have an eclectic variety of bars - some fratty, some chic, some laid back. The main strip of Greenville is 1.5 miles south where Greenville ends. You can also go left on Greenville, but the bars are spread out sporadic (like Ozonas). If you want touristy, you can go to the West End (which is now linked to the American Airlines Center). It is also near the Book Depository and where Kennedy got shot. If you like nature, head off to White Rock Lake (go east on Mockingbird from SMU campus for 5 miles and the Lake and trails will be on your right). You can also visit the Trinity River forest and meadows, but it is really for people who like to hike and take nature walks. Around campus, focus on the Quad (the 4 law school buildings) and maybe the Rec Center on the main campus. The surrounding neighborhood (Highland Park) is nice, but is really just a neighborhood filled with mansions. If you have a thing for the suburbs, you can check out Frisco, Plano, and maybe South Lake (but that is a 45 minute drive from downtown). Addison is also a nice area (take Hillcrest northbound, which is next to SMU, and turn left on Lemon; you will go right on the Toll Road (bring change) and go down a couple of miles; you will eventually see the Galleria on your right (a nice mall if you are into shopping) and that is where Addison is). There are a lot of restaurants and bars, but it is geared more for the Yuppie crowd and most people will be in their early to late thirties. Finally, there is Arlington, which has all the attractions including Six Flags, Texas Rangers, Hurricane Harbor, and the future home of the Dallas Cowboys. If you are in that area, head 30 minutes west on I30/I20 and you can visit Ft. Worth. You can see a rodeo or a lot of "western things" and the downtown area is nicer than Dallas downtown IMO. Plus the bars a lot cheaper than Dallas (check out 8.0's and The Library). Dallas also has a lot of sports including the Mavs, the Stars, Cowboys, Rangers, FC Dallas (pro-soccer) and the Roughnecks (minor league baseball). That is all I can think of at the moment, let me know if you have specific questions.
Wow! Thanks for the write-up, definitely will come in handy. I had a general question about what law school students generally do for housing? Will getting an apartment by myself be too costly? (I'm from the Bay, and when I went to college, I was used to paying up to a $1,000 just for my portion of a dinky apartment shared with another person).And how "hard" is it to get on to a journal? I know the Law Review is top 10%. But what about the secondary journals? Is there a prestige rank amongst them?I won't join the group just yet. I'll join after I come back from my visit, if all goes well. I'm actually excited about it - good sign.
Quote from: Nischay on April 28, 2008, 09:19:47 PMWow! Thanks for the write-up, definitely will come in handy. I had a general question about what law school students generally do for housing? Will getting an apartment by myself be too costly? (I'm from the Bay, and when I went to college, I was used to paying up to a $1,000 just for my portion of a dinky apartment shared with another person).And how "hard" is it to get on to a journal? I know the Law Review is top 10%. But what about the secondary journals? Is there a prestige rank amongst them?I won't join the group just yet. I'll join after I come back from my visit, if all goes well. I'm actually excited about it - good sign.$1000/month will get you a really nice apartment - probably one with a concierge, granite countertops, and wood floor. But it will depend on where you want to live (I suggest staying away from The Village, but some of the newer complexes are pretty nice and reasonable: http://www.thevillageapts.com/communities/17/index.cfm). As far as the journals are concerned here is the procedure:Everyone has to do the write-on competition to get on one of the three journals: SMU, International, Science & Technology.SMU: If you are in the top 10% of your class, you have to have a "good faith" entry to get in. The rest of the slots are based on the highest score.International: same as above, but you need to be in the top 25% for the good faith standardScience & Technology: same as above, but you need to be in the top third for the good faith standard
Thanks for the break-down. One more question (sorry to bug you): Is it worth getting on the secondary journals? Does it help with job prospects etc.? Can you do a journal AND moot court? or is it just one or the other?As a 1L, what are the "better" things to get involved in at school to help boost my career chances, and overall career options?? Other than grades, of course.
For those that are interested, the Fall 2008 schedule is up on the school’s website. I'll post it in the facebook group as well. Section 1Contracts (M,W Only) 10:00-10:50 with RogersProperty (W,F Only) 11:00-11:50 with ForresterCiv Pro (M,W Only) 2:00-3:15 with MartinezTorts (T,TH Only) 9:00-10:15 with ShumanCriminal (T,TH,F Only) 2:00-2:50 with MossLegal Writing (T, TH Only) ? - ? There are many different sections.Section 2Contracts (M,W Only) 9:00-9:50 with EpstienProperty (W,F Only) 11:00-11:50 with GabaCriminal (M,W,F Only) 2:00-2:50 with PalaciosCiv Pro (T,TH Only) 9:00-10:15 with ThornburyTorts (T,TH Only) 10:30-11:45 with B. MartinLegal Writing (T, TH Only) ? - ? There are many different sections.A review of any profs. you guys have come across would be great. We're kind of in a dead time so any tiny morsal of information I can get makes my day.
Can anyone provide any insight as to what the evening part-time division would look like for me? They're giving me some scholarship, but I'm wondering if what they are offering is good enough to turn down Univ. of Florida and the chance to be done in three (opposed to four) years.Thanks in advance...