DO NOT GO TO BAYLOR!!! UT, SMU, and UH law schools teach you how to think like a lawyer. Baylor Law is, essentially, a THREE-YEAR BAR PREP COURSE. Baylor Law does not focus on teaching you think like a lawyer; instead, it focuses on teaching you TEXAS BLACK LETTER LAW. This is not an advantage, even if you want to practice in Texas. This can be proven by the fact that many Texas law firms choose SMU and UH grads over Baylor grads ALL OF THE TIME. Although you mentioned you wanted to practice in Texas, Baylor does not dominate any Texas town. In the Austin area, UT Law dominates, as it does throughout Texas. In the DFW area, SMU Law dominates. And, in Houston, UHLC and South Texas dominate. Surprising? South Texas has a GREAT reputation in Houston; a better rep. than Baylor. BOTTOM LINE: Tulane will teach you to think like a lawyer and will give you the same opportunities, as Baylor will, to practice in Texas. CHOOSE TULANE.
I don't know anything about Tulane, but I don't know what it is w/ everyone's recent negative attitude toward Baylor on this board. I chose Baylor over UT. I think it's a better school. Yeah, it's hard and yeah they teach you the black letter law. What a novel idea, learning the law you'll be practicing. Personally, I don't want to sit around and theorize about what I think about this theory or that or whatever. I want to be prepared for a job and that's why I chose Baylor. Waco's not so bad either. And, by the way, I think either would get you a good job in Texas too. I have friends at UT and Baylor and all my Baylor friends had clerkships after 1L, not all my UT friends did. Don't know if it's just my friends or what, but I thought it was interesting...
UMHB hit the nail on the head, with the exception of her critique on Tulane. Tulane does not teach civil law as a required course. it is an elective and thus the law education you get there is essentially the same as the education that you get at any other law school. i think Tulane's location bodes well for those interested in comparative law; I don't see it as a negative in any way, shape, or form.
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