bronco1769 wrote:Does anyone know what the final choice made here was? It has come down to the wire and I have to decide between either OU or Baylor in the next couple of days. I have been blessed in that I do not have to worry about tuition costs out of the generosity of my family, so despite my scholarships, student loans wouldn't be my focused thought here.
Litigation is what I ultimately want to go into, and Baylor is obviously the best choice among the two. People rave about the Quality of Life at OU and my experience with their faculty, staff, and students has reflected this opinion. Baylor students have been ranked the most competitive and cut-throat in the country. Do Baylor grads even get referrals from their classmates after college or do they all still hate each other?
I have had many discussions with lawyers regarding the importance of networking in law, especially in private practice which I most likely will go into. The major concern is that OU would not provide me with enough contacts if I were to practice in Texas, even though I would most likely develop a better relationship with more of my classmates, simply due to the fact that the majority would practice in Oklahoma.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this choice?
What, specifically, about Baylor makes it the obvious best choice if you want to be a litigator.
Unfortunately, even if it does create amazing litigators, a very large percentage of them don't get to become real life lawyers. Because Baylor doesn't have good job placement. It'll be quite difficult to ever find yourself in private practice if you attend either of these schools. And it will be very hard to ever make a lot of money in private practice from either.
If you want to be in TX, Baylor is better than OU just because it's in Texas. But going to Baylor is almost always indefensible. If you really want to be a lawyer in TX, go to UT (or a T14). SMU and UH are also defensible depending on career goals and cost. Although with rich family, better to put that money to its best possible use, meaning UT or a T14. For the most part any other school isn't really worth attending if you want to be a litigator in TX.