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SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« on: May 18, 2006, 05:31:39 PM »
I have been accepted at Richmond, penn state, pepperdine, and the part time program at SMU.  I was wondering if anyone had any insight on any of these schools?  I am not interested in big law, and would like info on quality of life and social life.  Also, any info on part time programs would be helpful too.

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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2006, 05:33:20 PM »
Well if you want to practice in Dallas, SMU has pretty solid job placement.

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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2006, 07:30:02 PM »
Does any one have any info on the part time program there (SMU)?  Would I have a better chance of getting scholarship money part-time there, or a lower ranked school like Pepperdine, Penn State, or Richmond?

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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2006, 01:06:57 PM »
Does any one have any info on the part time program there (SMU)?  Would I have a better chance of getting scholarship money part-time there, or a lower ranked school like Pepperdine, Penn State, or Richmond?

Scholarship funds at SMU are limited, so if you didnt get when after your acceptance, you probably dont have one. SMU is also big law oriented, and with the debt you accure, you are probably going to have to start off in a corporate firm just to pay off your loan. Another thing to consider, SMU does not allow people to transfer from the evening program to the day program.
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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2006, 01:31:51 PM »
Scholarship funds at SMU are limited, so if you didnt get when after your acceptance, you probably dont have one. SMU is also big law oriented, and with the debt you accure, you are probably going to have to start off in a corporate firm just to pay off your loan. Another thing to consider, SMU does not allow people to transfer from the evening program to the day program.
    This is not entirely true.  I sent in my seat deposit to SMU and received scholarship money AFTER I already told them I was going.  I too am a PT person with modest numbers and received a modest scholarship, it was unexpected and made my day.  The notice just went out yesterday...so I hope that helps.  Plus, I don't think there is a big steel wall between night and day program...you might not be able to transfer until your last 30 hours...but I don't think it's impossible.


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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2006, 02:32:19 PM »
what amount was the scholarship for?  Also what were your scores/gpa if you don't mind me asking?

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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2006, 02:43:31 PM »
Sorry, I meant that after you are accepted and enroll, there are no scholarships (meaning if you are a second year and you do well, there are no scholarships for upper law students). The restriction on the transfer from part-time to full-time is not because of hours, SMU just never allows part-timers to transfer to the full-time program. It is just policy up here.
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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2006, 08:12:23 PM »
what amount was the scholarship for?  Also what were your scores/gpa if you don't mind me asking?

I'd rather not give the specific amount, not enough to put a dent into the money I still have left to pay.  My numbers are 158/3.53 and I'm 28 years old if that makes a difference.

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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2006, 02:18:10 AM »
The SMU Part-Time doesn't carry the same weight as the full-time but the Dean there has been pushing the program very hard and as I understand it's starting to get more attention from people in Dallas. I love Dallas so I would say go to SMU, then again I know very little/nothing about the other schools.

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Re: SMU vs. Richmond vs Penn State vs. Pepperdine
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2006, 06:25:29 PM »
The SMU Part-Time doesn't carry the same weight as the full-time but the Dean there has been pushing the program very hard and as I understand it's starting to get more attention from people in Dallas. I love Dallas so I would say go to SMU, then again I know very little/nothing about the other schools.

How do you know that the PT program doesn't carry as much weight...it's the same classes and the same diploma.