logdog wrote:In all seriousness, though, I think you would be just fine going to SMU, assuming you are at least top 25%. I know several people from SMU, Baylor, and Houston who found jobs in Dallas and Houston making at least $80k starting out--including me.
Sure--but the problem with that is that your grades as a 1L are basically random. It's tough to know how you're going to do. Because of the curve, it's not about knowing the right answers, everyone knows the right answer, it's about articulating that answer better than anyone else. Tough to manage. Assuming you'll be top 25% is a big assumption.
I know someone at Texas who didn't even make top half of the class, and still got a biglaw job, not the big $160k market salary mind you, but still 6 figures at a big law firm in a big city.
Point is--In Texas...UT is kind of a big deal. If you've got a trust that's paying you 50k-75k a year, MORE than comfortable enough to live on. Stop whatever you're doing and practicing taking the god damn LSAT until you get it right, and go to UT. Then, even if you decide you want to go to SMU, take that UT acceptance and negotiate your way into a full ride at SMU and go to law school sans debt.