kalvano wrote:SMU has been slow to give decisions for decades.
Also, SMU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Baylor.
Baylor is awful.
I get a lot of that on these forums. Why so awful? Most attendees and Baylor grads I've talked to report a challenging rewarding experience, and several lawyers I've talked to in litigation informed me in no uncertain terms that baylor grads are exceptionally well prepared for litigation.
I guess in order to keep this on topic I have to ask: let's say I receive comparable or slightly less money from SMU. Why should I choose SMU over Baylor? sell me.
I know I'm a little late but let me add a few things:
1. Baylor seems to intentionally curve to a 2.0. I've heard SMU professors explicitly state that the school tries to keep up with the curves at other schools b/c employers don't really bother to keep up with curves at each school. An employer may be comparing Baylor, UT, and SMU resumes and see 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, respectively. The BU resume actually would correspond to a (significantly?) higher class rank yet the employer may believe that the Baylor grad didn't perform as well in law school, relative to his peers. Also add in the fact that Baylor refuses to take whatever minor steps are necessary to be able to award Coif status to the Top 10% of their grads and it seems like Baylor Law is difficult for the sake of being difficult (The 3.1 at Baylor is probably good enough for Coif and thus would help signal to an employer that a 3.1 at Baylor law is good enough for Top 10%).http://www.baylor.edu/law/cd/index.php?id=75305
Good grades at Baylor Law School do not come easily. We use a rigorous grading standard, employing an "A" to "F" grading system, while many schools use a more liberal "A" to "C" grading system. Baylor faculty regard a "C" as indicating satisfactory work. Therefore, a "C" at Baylor Law School is considered a respectable grade.
2. Everybody I've ever known that went to Baylor law has suggested that Practice Court looms over everything. While it seems to me that most schools treat their 3L's almost like respect scholars, PC seems to be a hazing ritual for Baylor 3L's.
3. Everybody at Baylor seems to suggest the quarter system really screws with employment opportunities. I didn't bother to look into the merits of this specific issue, but it seems to be a consensus.
4. I agree that Baylor law graduates the best prepared
litigators. I don't have an answer to this question, but I wonder how long that advantage remains? As litigators from other schools start developing their skills as practicing attorneys I would imagine that the advantage of Baylor law is eventually erased.
5. Ken Starr becoming the President of Baylor does suggest that Baylor has interesting potential. Pepperdine Law saw its ranking sky rocket under Starr's tenure as Dean. I know Starr is now serving as President of the entire university but one can imagine that he'll have more than just a marginal interest in the law school as well.