kalvano wrote:Justathought wrote:Ever since that poster said acceptances were going out Friday and Monday, and then I got a status change on Friday, I'm now obsessively researching SMU.
Since a few SMU students seem to hang around this thread, would anyone mind telling me about the quality of life in Dallas? That's my only concern about SMU, I've been to Texas briefly, and I'm open to starting a career there, but being a guy from NY, it might be a bit of a culture shock.
I like baseball more than football, walking more than driving, I like seeing water occasionally, and the "experience SMU" video on the website ended with a pan out shot of Barbara Bush. I need some info!
What do you want to know? It will be very different from NY. You'll drive more than walk, and it will be hot as hell half the year. Everything will be much, much more spread out than you're used to.
Other than that, you might like parts of it. A lot of restaurants, even more than NYC. Usually something cool to do, and you get student tickets to mavericks, Stars, and I think Rangers games. Not great seats, but cheap.
You can go to White Rock Lake for water, though it won't be quite the same.
There's cool stuff to do. I love the Dallas Aquarium, and the Sixth Floor Museum is pretty cool.
Things will be cheaper here than in NY. Unfortunately, Dallas has a bad habit of tearing down older, cool buildings to make room for yet another Wal-Mart or something like that. But, stuff is cheap. There's a ton of places to shop if you're into that.
Mainly, SMU has some cool stuff around it, or within a 10-15 minute drive. People are friendly at the school, and helpful. It's a pretty campus, and if you're single you can score with undergrad girls all the time.
Thanks, this post really contains a lot of good information. A few other questions: I would be attending part-time, do you know if the OCS would be able to help in finding a 1L law related job? Thoughts on part-time students working in general - I'm sure most do, but do you think it would be wise to just suck it up and go the no work gunner route or just get something as low stress as possible?
Also, I can't find a definitive answer on this anywhere: I don't mind attending part-time for the duration of law school, but is it possible to make the switch to full-time for 2L if I decided on going that route? Obviously both paths have their advantages, but if I couldn't find a somewhat decent job that worked well with the part-time program, I would want to try and get out of there in 3 years.
Finally, though handsome, at age 30 I'm too old to hit on the undergrads. Know any 3Ls?