leib10 wrote:Could the same be said about Tech being in Lubbock?
Somewhat, but based just on each city's location and size, the reach (and competition for grads in the job search) is a little different. West Texas is a large area, and, not including Lubbock, Tech is a feeder to Amarillo, Midland/Odessa, Abilene, San Angelo, and even El Paso and some Eastern New Mexico cities to some extent. Granted, these legal markets are nothing like Dallas, Houston, or Austin, but many Tech grads fill the positions in these smaller West Texas markets. Notwithstanding the above, Dallas/Ft. Worth is consistently the top destination for Tech grads (and in Dallas County, Tech grads and Baylor grads are represented almost equally). So, in terms of a "home market," while Tech has Lubbock (which is almost double the size of Waco) and the large West Texas swath, Baylor has Waco and perhaps east Texas.
Another factor is Waco's close proximity between Austin and Dallas. Due to this proximity, a larger percentage of Baylor grads are likely getting out of Waco and competing in Austin, Dallas, and even Houston against those cities' home schools (UT, SMU, UH); this is also driven by Baylor grads' need to service larger debt (pointed out by patrickd139). Competing in these large, "non-home markets," which is the destination for a larger percentage of Baylor grads (compared with Tech grads), the results are similar for Tech and Baylor grads (even in Travis county, Tech grads and Baylor grads are represented almost equally).
There is some truth to the comparison, but I think Baylor's location in the state puts it at a disadvantage in terms of its "home market."
Also, I'm not familiar with the firms that interview at Baylor, so this isn't a comment on that aspect of the difference.
(This is all aside from the other points mentioned (price, school atmosphere, etc.) in this and other threads.)