Let us know how it went!
It went well. Very impressed with the professors and the new facilities for the law school. I liked the look of the campus and I do not think living in Lubbock would bother me at all. Some of the scheduled items on the agenda were rather bland (the financial aid session, which I was looking forward to, did not offer anything other than generic student loan information other than to expect financial aid packages in may). I was surprised that Tech did not have some sort of scheduled tour of the school set up although I went on a tour with a couple other accepted students after pretty much everyone else had left. The students seemed very informative and knowledgeable about the school and were extremely accommodating. I did not build up the guile to ask about the outrageous tuition increase and where the extra money would be going (I didn't want to be that guy). They seem like a great place to go if you are interested in advocacy work, although I'm not sure if that is for me so I'm not sure what Tech can offer me. I believe they prepare you to be an attorney the moment you leave the school and you will be prepared to sit for the bar. If you have anymore specific questions just let me know
Hmm... I wonder if I was one of the students on the tour with you. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself during ASD.
On tuition increases: Funding for public schools in Texas has dropped quite a bit over the last two years, so all of the law schools at public universities have had to raise tuition to make up for the shortfall. Last year, UH had a pretty dramatic increase (you might find some threads on TLS about it). So, the "extra money" is primarily going to make up for the reduced funding from the State. Also, it costs money to hire more professors and offer more classes—both of which Tech has done for next year. Believe me, I appreciate the importance of the cost of tuition and how it enters into the decision-making process of where to attend law school—as it should. Crunch the numbers for all the schools you have been accepted to, including cost of living, to get a good idea of the total cost for 3 years at each of the schools. Also, if you have any concerns (with scholarships, for example), I would talk to Stephen Perez; he's a pretty nice guy and he's also straightforward (in my experiences talking to him).
If not interested in the advocacy programs (or litigation), what does Tech have to offer you? A great legal education for practically any type of law you are interested in practicing. I am interested in business law and IP (copyright, trademark), and whether I will be practicing transactional law or litigation, I know I'll be prepared to do so. Also, remember that "advocacy" is an important element of any type of legal practice, even if you never set foot in a courtroom. Nevertheless, there are many who believe that no matter what type of lawyer you are, you should know what to do if you ever have to set foot in a courtroom.
Anyway, if you have any questions about anything, including good restaurants to go to, etc., feel free to PM me.