TexasWave wrote:Are job prospects for a UT grad in Texas really that good? They made it sound like if you are Sumner Scholar, you get access to the SMU network in Dallas and a few other places (very tight network) plus the entire Sumner network (even tighter)...whereas as a UT grad, you are just some guy graduating from a huge, impersonal school with no personal network waiting for you in law.
I guess I just don't know the increased worth of going to UT Law over SMU because 1) I have no idea how the UT Law connection works for you compared to being in the tight SMU/Sumner family and 2) I don't know how much more weight a UT degree will carry in Texas than an SMU degree if personal connections/school loyalty are set aside.
Yes, they are. UT stands head and shoulders over SMU in every regard when it comes to job prospects. I know what SMU makes things sound like, and to put it bluntly, they are full of shit. You're talking about a Dean that routinely compares his school to Harvard, even as his bar passage rate plummets and the school falls out of the first tier.
UT will dominate an SMU degree day in and day out in Texas.
I have a slightly different view. IMHO, for Dallas biglaw, top X% at SMU will have the same opportunities as top Y% at UT.
I agree with Kav that employers will go much deeper in the class at UT. I also agree that UT is better for truly selective jobs (elite clerkships, academia).
I am under the impression that most (all?) Sumners recipients end up with paid 1L gigs at Dallas biglaw firms. 1L biglaw employment is a huge advantage.
Your decision is a deeply personal one:If your goal is Dallas biglaw:
Below median, I would rather be at the school where my debt is minimized.
At median, I would rather be at UT.
At top 25%, I would rather be at UT.
At top 10%, I would rather be debt-free at SMU.
For all other goals, I would take UT.