SMUPonyGrad10 wrote:Speaking as someone who is 42 years old and spent the last four semesters on the campus of SMU in undergrad - those of you who are unimpressed are bang on. The campus is old, very old. The side walks are cracking, the windows are original, well - everything is original. When you say the rooms have been renovated you will be dismayed when you look a little closer - renovated = another coat of paint. The floors are filthy and the facilities feel, smell, etc., etc. like 100 year old buildings. I won't even discuss the restrooms. The law library is small and cluttered. Unless you visit Meadows or Cox School of Business, get ready to be unimpressed and get ready to fight for parking. For $30k/year+, you will be hating life by the end of your first semester. I did.
And for the record, while SMU is old and unimpressive, I don't regret attending and I'd take a "held for further review" in a heart beat. In fact, I'd do cartwheels down the hall way - so everyone, based on my glaring "DENIED" - be thrilled with a held.
Best of luck.
This is bullshit. I am a 1L and will tell you that the campus is very impressive. Yes, it is old and probably needs some renovation but the library is spacious and quiet enough for me. The classrooms that the 1L's are in (they are the same every year) are very traditional (except one class depending on your section) and will remind you of the classroom in the paper chase. I enjoy walking through the campus every day realizing how lucky I am to be here and how many people are at South Texas, Baylor, or Weslayan wishing they were making that walk. Dallas is a great city, of course the job market is shit right now but I'm not getting a law degree solely for the money, you shouldn't either. This is coming from someone paying sticker. The bar scene is 10x better than Houston, I can assure you of that. Austin can't be beat in terms of fun, but if you have borderline numbers for SMU you probably aren't headed to Austin.
To everyone who was held, keep the faith. I was a reverse splitter and held, didn't receive my phone call until the last day of April. Admissions plays a mind game with everyone who doesn't have a 164+ which is horseshit, but it is what it is. Good luck, and don't let a few people on a forum discourage you from attending a great school. It has been one of the most trying times of my life, but I have made some really great friends and have enjoyed everything about SMU thus far (except finals, get ready bitches).