burtonrideclub wrote:Can SMU place big law in Houston? I'm from Houston but I feel like I'd rather go to SMU for law school. Places a little better in biglaw, in a nicer part of it's home city, has a nicer campus, and I feel like it would be better to be in a city where I would have less distractions (tons of friends and family in Houston) However, after a few years in Dallas I feel like I'd like to go back to Houston for work.
Is it self-selection that places smu kids purely in Dallas and U of H kids in Houston?
According to career services, the reason SMU traditionally hasn't placed well in Houston is due to lack of interest by students in going to Houston. I think you'd have a good chance in Houston, provided you meet the normal biglaw requirements for grades, etc.
Also, I was speaking to a partner at a litigation firm here in Dallas about prospects in Austin, and he mentioned that firms there are willing to look at SMU grads just for variety (from UT grads). If your grades are good enough, I would think the same would be true in Houston, even though it's a larger legal market than Austin.