untar614 wrote:utlaw2007 wrote:But then why do we need UH AND South Texas? Couldn't all these firm-starters go to UH instead if South Texas were closed? Neither has amazing employment, but I imagine if they didn't have the other to compete with, it'd be much better. And UH is public, so it seems more capable of having lower in-state tuition, and thus the better choice of the 2 to keep open. Oh, and I had said earlier I prob should have left TTech in the list as a lawyer source for rural Texas.
They wouldn't get into to Houston. That's why they went to South Texas in the first place. I can tell you if you closed South Texas, Houston and UT would not produce nearly enough lawyers to serve Houston. I live in Houston. That's my opinion. But that is based on real observation.
If they couldn't even get into UH, maybe we should be looking for different people to serve the legal needs of the community. Half of South Texas' class got under 153 (which is about the cutoff for the equivalent of 60% - a D - on the LSAT; Half of their class would've gotten an F on the LSAT is it gave out standard letter grades). If the lawyer need is so huge, why are their employment scores not higher? If that were really an issue, then in response to closing South Texas, UH could increase class size (thus beign forced to relax admissions standards a bit at the lower end) and it would be much more efficient. Plus South Texas' class size is way too big.
If you increased the size of U of H and relaxed the standards a bit, I'd be on board with that.
However, you can't tie success as a lawyer to success on the lsat. Some of the most successful lawyers I know went to South Texas. They wouldn't be so successful unless they were finding solutions to people's problems. But at the same time, some of the dumbest lawyers I have faced have gone to South Texas. They are completely dead weight. Most of its grads are. But yes, if U of H was allowed to expand it's class size and relax the standards a bit, I'd totally be onboard with a South Texas closing.
Also, it's not that one needs to be smart to handle personal injury or family law cases. Anyone can do those, at least the bulk of them. South Texas produces most of the lawyers who take care of these legal needs. But if U of H was allowed to expand class sizes, that might be a solution.