kalvano wrote:And I have done my research - spoken to hiring partners in firms, many currently practicing Dallas attorneys, a few judges, and the Dallas DA's office.
I'm not disputing that SMU has done well pre-ITE, but my question is, is all of this still holding up with the economy shifting the way it has? It's obvious that UT is going to keep graduating the same number of students, and it's obvious that NYC firms just aren't hiring at anywhere near the numbers they used to. Many of those UT grads that would've gone to NYC or other markets in past years will have to go somewhere else now, and that somewhere else is probably looking closer to home where there are still jobs, such as Dallas.
I'm sure that there will still be some hiring from SMU done, but likely less and more toward the top of the class than before. That's the concern I think OP and anyone else considering SMU should be aware of, especially since SMU doesn't place well anywhere else. This is playing out across the country, and I don't see how it can't really be playing out in Texas too.