quetzalcoatl wrote:I think you have to be a certain type of person to like Baylor Law. A friend of mine is going there on a full ride. He was so excited about going to lawl skool beforehand. Ive talked to him recently and he said his life is hell. He hates Baylor with a passion. His classes are full of busy work and the students are straight mean, hide books, steal and throw-out peoples notes, lie about everything, etc. The job prospects are decent if you are ranked high in the class, but if you graduate in the bottom 50% you will have a very tuff time.
If you have a full ride and think you would like that atmosphere, go for it. I just cant understand working that hard for a degree that is worth so little.
I was looking into Baylor quite a bit, know a graduate, and asked her flat-out about the whole competitiveness thing. Basically, she said while there are some competitive people there, if you don't like that (and she didn't) its "pretty darn easy" to avoid them, as they are in the minority. More people she said tend to just work hard and then go out after finals to celebrate together. She never had any issues with getting notes/outlines from friends and people leave their books/notes/etc in the library and leave campus for lunch and nothing happens.
However, she also more or less confirmed the fact that Baylor makes you work harder than you have to. For example, the Socratic method is used very heavily in Baylor classes to pointless effect, though she admitted it made her show up prepared for every class. Practice Court, which all Baylor students are required to take in third year, is painful because she said they basically give you way more work than you have time for and, therefore, while most 3L students at law schools are tracking down jobs, you're suffering through hours of busy work to complete a class that no other school requires.