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SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:51 pm
by PatriotP74
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Tuition & fees = $49,962.00

Living = $25,280.00

Employment Data:
http://www.law.smu.edu/career-services/employment-data

Course Catalog:
http://www.smu.edu/~/media/Site/catalog/PDF/Grad/2015/2015_SMU_DedmanLawCatalog.ashx?la=en


Dining Options:(Stolen from last years thread, feel free to make any suggestions)
Fast Food: Chic-Fil-A, Whataburger, Panda Express, Subway, In n Out Burger, Raising Canes
Sandwich shops: Roly Poly, Smashburger, Twisted Root, Jimmy Johns, Jason's Deli
Italian: Terreli's, Campisi's, Olivella's, Prego Pasta House, Amore
Mexican: Chipotle, Torchy's, Freebirds, Rusty Taco, Qdoba
BBQ: Peggy Sue's, Big Tex BBQ
Asian: PF Changs, Genghis Grill, Pei Wei, Lover's Egg Roll
German: Kuby's
Local pubs: Nodding Donkey, Trinity Hall Irish Pub, Barley House, So&So's, The Porch, Mckinney Avenue, Del Frisco's
Smoothies: SMUothies, Jamba Juice, Smoothie Factory



Stole alot from last years thread, as we get going we can post who makes what section etc. Hopefully a few more join in so we can have somewhat of an active thread!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:14 pm
by BeatriceButler
I can say for certain that I will be attending in the fall, and can't wait to meet everyone.

If any out-of-towners have any questions about the Dallas area in general, or apartment options don't hesitate to PM me. Pony up!

Disclaimer: Born, raised, and college educated in Dallas/Ft. Worth

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:34 pm
by ChampionshipPressure
BeatriceButler wrote:I can say for certain that I will be attending in the fall, and can't wait to meet everyone.

For what it's worth I was born, raised, and college educated in Dallas/Ft. Worth. If any out-of-towners have any questions about the Dallas area in general, or apartment options don't hesitate to PM me. Pony up!


Hi fellow Dallasite, I'll be there in the fall too, I can't wait to get started! Thank you Patriot for starting the thread!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:20 pm
by texasrangersjb
Hi y'all!

25 y/o, lived in Dallas for 4 years, will be attending SMU Dedman this fall as well. Class of 2019! Woo woo!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:35 pm
by twokings
What neighborhoods would you suggest for buying a home? I'm hoping to live 10-15 minutes from the law school but removed enough that we aren't surrounded by students. Thank you in advance!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:17 pm
by BeatriceButler
twokings wrote:What neighborhoods would you suggest for buying a home? I'm hoping to live 10-15 minutes from the law school but removed enough that we aren't surrounded by students. Thank you in advance!


My answer to this question could change significantly based on what your price range/needs are, but I would look primarily in Richardson first if I were looking for a home while at SMU. I would start looking in the neighborhoods off the highway 75 Royal exit, and then everything 4 or 5 exits north of that.

There are options closer to campus in the Highland Park area also, but a 3-4 bedroom home there could cost you an arm and a leg.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:37 pm
by ChampionshipPressure
BeatriceButler wrote:
twokings wrote:What neighborhoods would you suggest for buying a home? I'm hoping to live 10-15 minutes from the law school but removed enough that we aren't surrounded by students. Thank you in advance!


My answer to this question could change significantly based on what your price range/needs are, but I would look primarily in Richardson first if I were looking for a home while at SMU. I would start looking in the neighborhoods off the highway 75 Royal exit, and then everything 4 or 5 exits north of that.

There are options closer to campus in the Highland Park area also, but a 3-4 bedroom home there could cost you an arm and a leg.

Look in the Casa Linda area and White Rock area. Lakewood is another good option. The commute from Richardson to SMU in the morning and evening on 75 can be complete gridlock, so I would not recommend living there during 1L. After you figure out where in the metroplex you'll be practicing, it's a great community to live in, but I would prefer uptown if I'm fortunate enough to get big law here in Dallas. One thing is for sure, you have plenty of options.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:05 am
by PatriotP74
Anyone started looking at apartments yet? Need to do that, curious any pros/cons people have found. I'm looking to live within easy walking distance personally.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:16 pm
by BeatriceButler
PatriotP74 wrote:Anyone started looking at apartments yet? Need to do that, curious any pros/cons people have found. I'm looking to live within easy walking distance personally.


I signed a lease about two weeks ago with a complex right off 75 and Royal (just south of 75 and 635 "high five" intersection). I needed a place relatively close to both SMU and UTD because my girlfriend is currently finishing up her undergrad at UTD, and will be splitting rent with me.

There are options closer to campus, but I found that most of the 1 bedroom apartments near campus were way over the price I wanted to pay ($900 per month or less). Saw some decent deals on 2 bedrooms walking distance to campus though....

With that being said I also looked really hard at "The Village" off 75 and North West Highway, and almost ended up leasing there. The quote they gave me on a 1 bedroom was something like $875-$900 per month. It's one or two exits closer to SMU than where I ended up leasing, but I ended up choosing the Royal and 75 complex because they gave me $785 per month, were recently remodeled, and I know two people who currently lease there that vouched for it.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:24 pm
by OtterLaw
BeatriceButler wrote:
PatriotP74 wrote:Anyone started looking at apartments yet? Need to do that, curious any pros/cons people have found. I'm looking to live within easy walking distance personally.


I signed a lease about two weeks ago with a complex right off 75 and Royal (just south of 75 and 635 "high five" intersection). I needed a place relatively close to both SMU and UTD because my girlfriend is currently finishing up her undergrad at UTD, and will be splitting rent with me.

There are options closer to campus, but I found that most of the 1 bedroom apartments near campus were way over the price I wanted to pay ($900 per month or less). Saw some decent deals on 2 bedrooms walking distance to campus though....

With that being said I also looked really hard at "The Village" off 75 and North West Highway, and almost ended up leasing there. The quote they gave me on a 1 bedroom was something like $875-$900 per month. It's one or two exits closer to SMU than where I ended up leasing, but I ended up choosing the Royal and 75 complex because they gave me $785 per month, were recently remodeled, and I know two people who currently lease there that vouched for it.


I lived in "The Village" for two years for grad school and I really had a great experience with it (I think it was "The Bend" complex within the village. It's huge so there are multiple locations). They don't charge deposits for utilities, and they actually just put a card in your mailbox once a month that has what you owe for utilities and you just add it to your rent check. I thought the places were affordable, clean, and the maintenance staff is friendly and quick with repairs (we complained about a failing fridge and they put a new one in the next day). Anyway, that's my $.02 on housing.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:40 pm
by twokings
I came across a great website for things to do, places to eat, and general lifestyle ideas in the Dallas region. It's tailored a bit to women but I'm sure everyone can find something interesting.

http://www.purewow.com/dallas

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:56 am
by thetravelinglawyer
I'm definitely attending in the fall. Grew up in Dallas but I've lived overseas for the past few years, looking forward to being back home and meeting you guys.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:03 am
by thetravelinglawyer
twokings wrote:What neighborhoods would you suggest for buying a home? I'm hoping to live 10-15 minutes from the law school but removed enough that we aren't surrounded by students. Thank you in advance!


Really depends on your budget. I would start with the area south of 635 between 35 and Abrams (ideally between the Tollway and 75). There's a pretty wide variety of price ranges, from low all the way up to McMansions.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 11:48 pm
by PatriotP74
Well I dropped by for a visit to campus today, which the SMU campus is amazing, and the area is pretty nice a big leap up from my last college. The school of law (at least the building I went in which was mainly classrooms) really seemed dated. I don't know, but I kinda imagined a private school as nice as SMU charging 49k a year would have some pretty high end tech. So wasn't super impressed by that, but the classrooms of course is only a portion of the time you spend dedicated to law school so not a deal breaker or anything. Maybe we can get some updates over the coming years.

Stopped by the bookstore, there was a girl there buying a bunch of school of law stuff (picked up a few things myself) if you are on here random future classmate, hello.


Anyways just thought I would give my 2 cents.


Looking forward to admitted students day on the first!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:10 pm
by BeatriceButler
My thoughts were pretty much exactly like Patriot's. Some of the class rooms in the law buildings (there are 4, all right next to each other) were dated compared to other schools I visited. But I also saw the larger class rooms that host most of the 1L classes, and these were much much nicer in my opinion.

The SMU campus as whole though is gorgeous, and so is the immediate area surrounding the campus. I used to think my undergrad university had a pretty nice campus... until I walked around SMU for an hour. I'm looking forward to the tailgates before the football games big time. I've heard they host them on "the boulevard" under all those big trees. Hopefully the team gets better lol they were pretty terrible last year. At least we have Larry Brown and the mens basketball team to root for. They've been really competitive the past few years.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:13 pm
by BeatriceButler
PatriotP74 wrote:Stopped by the bookstore, there was a girl there buying a bunch of school of law stuff (picked up a few things myself) if you are on here random future classmate, hello.


They had law school apparel at the bookstore?! I looked on the SMU bookstore website and was kind of disappointed by the lack of law school specific apparel. Did you go to the SMU bookstore that's in that little shopping center by the CVS, Starbucks, etc ??

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 1:19 pm
by PatriotP74
BeatriceButler wrote:
PatriotP74 wrote:Stopped by the bookstore, there was a girl there buying a bunch of school of law stuff (picked up a few things myself) if you are on here random future classmate, hello.


They had law school apparel at the bookstore?! I looked on the SMU bookstore website and was kind of disappointed by the lack of law school specific apparel. Did you go to the SMU bookstore that's in that little shopping center by the CVS, Starbucks, etc ??


Yupp the barnes and noble! The website has NOTHING lol the bookstore actually has stuff, things for your car (back window sticker, metal decal to put on the body somewhere, and even a licence plate holder), then they have 2 different hats, nice Nike polo, some dri fit athletic top, sweater, and t shirt! I do wish the actual clothing selection was a bit better for the school of law gear but they at least have some. Of course the vast majority of gear there is purely SMU but I think they cater to the law school gear more than other schools from what I could tell. Cox being the main competitor.

BeatriceButler wrote:The SMU campus as whole though is gorgeous, and so is the immediate area surrounding the campus. I used to think my undergrad university had a pretty nice campus... until I walked around SMU for an hour. I'm looking forward to the tailgates before the football games big time. I've heard they host them on "the boulevard" under all those big trees. Hopefully the team gets better lol they were pretty terrible last year. At least we have Larry Brown and the mens basketball team to root for. They've been really competitive the past few years.



I am really looking forward to football, the school I graduated from has no football team and certainly not a nationally competitive basketball team (however they are getting there) so we will have to get together for some games!


Also on a somewhat related note, not sure if anyone here actually enjoys playing basketball, but I certainly plan on playing intramural would be cool to get maybe a 1L team going!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:09 pm
by kalvano
You're missing Banditos (across the street in Snider Plaza) for Mexican food. Watch out for the margaritas, though. Burger House is awesome and cheap, too. Cisco Grill, East Hampton Sandwich Company, and Half Shells are all in Snider Plaza, within walking distance, and can't-go-wrong choices.

A good number of classrooms are pretty dated, but it's a non-factor. It won't affect your experience much.

SMU does not have tailgating. That would be too plebeian. They have "boulevarding."

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:14 am
by twokings
PatriotP74 wrote:
BeatriceButler wrote:
PatriotP74 wrote:Stopped by the bookstore, there was a girl there buying a bunch of school of law stuff (picked up a few things myself) if you are on here random future classmate, hello.


They had law school apparel at the bookstore?! I looked on the SMU bookstore website and was kind of disappointed by the lack of law school specific apparel. Did you go to the SMU bookstore that's in that little shopping center by the CVS, Starbucks, etc ??


Yupp the barnes and noble! The website has NOTHING lol the bookstore actually has stuff, things for your car (back window sticker, metal decal to put on the body somewhere, and even a licence plate holder), then they have 2 different hats, nice Nike polo, some dri fit athletic top, sweater, and t shirt! I do wish the actual clothing selection was a bit better for the school of law gear but they at least have some. Of course the vast majority of gear there is purely SMU but I think they cater to the law school gear more than other schools from what I could tell. Cox being the main competitor.


What! I checked out the Barnes and Noble last month and couldn't find one item.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:48 pm
by BeatriceButler
I definitely plan on attending as many SMU basketball games and football games as possible, so yeah I'm always down to link up for that!
Also planned on playing intramural basketball and flag football as well. Two current law students told me that the law school has teams for both, and that they play against the different undergrad teams. :lol:

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:37 am
by tigerteacher23
Hi everyone! Is there any facebook group or the like for people looking for housing/roommates? I couldn't find anything online.

Can't wait to meet everyone in the fall!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:39 pm
by ChampionshipPressure
tigerteacher23 wrote:Hi everyone! Is there any facebook group or the like for people looking for housing/roommates? I couldn't find anything online.

Can't wait to meet everyone in the fall!

There's an admitted students Facebook page for the 2016 cycle, but one of the admins will have to add you. Search for SMU Dedman Law 2016/2017 admitted students. I don't think there's a specific group for people looking for housing and roommates just yet, but people have posted in the admitted students group looking for roommates.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:49 pm
by tigerteacher23
ChampionshipPressure wrote:
tigerteacher23 wrote:Hi everyone! Is there any facebook group or the like for people looking for housing/roommates? I couldn't find anything online.

Can't wait to meet everyone in the fall!

There's an admitted students Facebook page for the 2016 cycle, but one of the admins will have to add you. Search for SMU Dedman Law 2016/2017 admitted students. I don't think there's a specific group for people looking for housing and roommates just yet, but people have posted in the admitted students group looking for roommates.


Thank you so much! Will go request to join right now.

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:54 am
by PatriotP74
Sounds like we will be the first class to have 3 full time sections this fall with the suspension of the evening program!

Re: SMU Law Class of 2019

Posted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:46 am
by CHNO
Not to take this off topic (although, I feel for those part time students who are forced to choose job v. school)

Had to defer for a year, but life changed *again* and i'll be there this fall!

This is probably a stupid question, but when is 1L orientation? Working my job schedule so I can get at least a few days off to move and settle life before school.