I just took a visit to the Texas Southern School of Law and here is what I can tell anyone who is contemplating on attending there:
1) Currently, the law school is under renovation, but the facilities were fairly nice.
2) The attrition rate is between 25 and 28 percent.
3) The cost of attending is not too bad, the housing is. If you want a 2BA/BR nearby, you are looking at over $1000.00 a month. Moreover, the traffic in Houston is TERRIBLE!!!
4) If you are in the top 15% of your respective class, you have a really decent shot of landing a nice job.
5) Of the major firms, they take only about two to four Texas Southern grads ... affectionately known as "biglaw jobs"
6) If you like living in a big city, did not score that high on your LSAT or have a high GPA and want in vain to practice law; i would say "go for it."
7) I believe it helps if you have prior legal work experience because you will be more familiar with "legalese" and thus have an advantage over your classmates without the same. In any fourth tier school, you MUST do well your first year (as in any law school) or your chances of employments (other than self) greatly diminish (this assumes you dont have connections) your marketability.
Some ppl here have said that you should go to the "best" law school possible. From my perspective, if you are choosing amongst third and fourth tier schools (like me), you need to find the one where you will do the best and graduate high in your class. Ie, there is little difference between four tier schools because their reputation is almost always local; maybe regional.
All premises considered, it seems to be that I will have to wait until I hear from some other schools to which I have applied: South Texas School of Law and Texas Wesleyan.
I hope this helps anyone in a similar position. I read a lot of message boards and people under my circumstances generally are not given a lot of constructive, honest advice. Good luck!