My brother and I drove from Logan, UT to Lincoln/Omaha, NE to Lubbock, TX and then back to Logan, UT this week. In all, it was 42 hours of driving and a couple thousand miles. I'm pretty much dead.
The verdict on Lubbock/Tech: I think you guys should be more worried about Amarillo. That place looks super trashy... at least from the freeway. Maybe the shock of how ghetto Amarillo was prepared me for Lubbock? Anyways, I didn't think Lubbock was THAT bad (note: I didn't say it was good, either. Yes, I thought it smelled like corn nuts, and yes, everything in the town not across the street from Jones AT&T seemed old and dingie).
The Tech campus is absolutely stunning. I loved the architectural style it was done in. Jones AT&T Stadium is one of the better looking stadiums I've seen in all of the country (though it didn't hold a candle to Nebraska's Memorial Stadium). The new addition to the law school at Tech is awesome, though the rest of the building was kind of "meh." In all, I could see myself there for 3 years of law school, but I'm unsure I'd feel comfortable living in Texas for the rest of my life should I even be able to get a job at all. It's just too foreign to me. The other side of that coin is that I felt comfortable enough in Lincoln/Omaha and in the rest of Nebraska to say I'd be fine practicing there long term. Lincoln is BY FAR the best town of the 3 I visited.
Tech's not out of the running entirely, but they'd probably have to up my scholarship to compete with in-state at Nebraska. Any tips on how to approach negotiating with the school? I've got three options (Idaho, Nebraska, and Creighton) that are a little (to a lot) cheaper than Tech would be.