bergg007 wrote:Emory still places 27% into Big law and clerkships compared to 18% for SMU. Vandy places 38% and UT places 38% as well. My point with my post on emory was that it is still a very high quality school. I expect them to be back in the top 25 next year. SMU will still be T50. I think most of you who have responded to me have misunderstood my posts. I do think that SMU is a quality school. I think that they are a solid choice in the T50, but they aren't as good as many of you seem to think. The benefit from a the lay prestige in Dallas and the fratty mentality of Dallas Law. But if you move outside of DFW No one has heard of them outside of the NCAA death penalty.
Look, it's no secret that Emory is a better school with options in more markets. Personally, I can't justify paying $60,000 more to go to there when I know I want to work in Dallas after graduation. If someone wasn't sold on living in Texas (and more specifically DFW) after law school, then I wouldn't advise them to go to SMU. But I'm still waiting for you to defend your original point that we should consider "any other reputable school in the area" over SMU for working in Dallas.
bergg007 wrote:I stand behind my defense of emory and I Think the same thing applies to SMU. Nothing has changed about the school since yesterday; and yesterday, I wasn't going to attend.
Thank God for that.
bergg007 wrote:If you want to go to SMU by all means go there, but do so with your eyes open.
I haven't seen many people here who are unrealistic about the current legal job market. No one thinks they're walking into a $160k job after graduation, not at Harvard, not at Emory or Vandy, and certainly not at SMU.
bergg007 wrote:This thread has shown me a lot about the students who attend there. I've been surprised and disappointed by the rigidity of your opinions about the school. Just look earlier in the thread when myself and a current student said nothing more than the interior facilities at SMU were not that great. People were outraged that anyone would have anything negative to say about their beloved SMU. Seriously guys lighten up.
No, a lot of people (myself included) just think there are more important things to consider than the interior quality of buildings- this is law school, not an interior design academy.
bergg007 wrote:Just because I disagree with you doesn't make me a douchebag.
I didn't say you were a douchebag, that was someone else, but I wouldn't bet against it. I really don't see why you feel the need to bag on SMU in a thread for people going there this fall...again, I'm not over in the Baylor thread ripping on their stats.