Center2450 wrote:Currently an SMU undergrad, I've met with a few Dallas big law partners and spoken with them about opportunities in Dallas. They've talked to me about hiring and said that they will almost always interview top third or at least 25% at SMU (and UT) and only top 10% from Vandy and other more "national schools". Not necessarily because they think its a better school, but because of hiring reasons- cost of recruiting, yield, etc. One of them was a Vandy grad who said, if you want to stay in Dallas, just go to SMU.
This was true a couple of years ago. In last two years, the legal market in Dallas has been horrible (as is everywhere else). Many Biglaw firms canceled summer programs or only took a few students. I'm a 2L at SMU; every OCI since I have been here has been the same 15-20 students in the top 10% interviewing with the different biglaw firms. If you're below the top 10%, you need connections or luck to land a good paying summer gig. Further, I know at least three 3L's in the top 25% (two are on law review) who are struggling to find jobs. I know numerous other 3L's (whose class rank I don't know) who are also struggling.
I'm not trying to be a downer; SMU is a great school with incredible professors. I just want you to hear the current job prospects from a person with first hand knowledge. Also, I think the job market will come back; the kids starting this fall will likely hit the timing just right.