JRO1989 wrote:Hey, how's the law school community there? For example, I got the feeling at UH that everyone just has their own lives. Like they live all over, just come to class, then go back home.
Interesting question. It really depends. There's kind of a three-way divide in terms of residential locale: inside the loop, way out in the 'burbs, and on-campus in Calhoun Lofts. The ones who live way out don't socialize much, at least in my experience, with others, and they're generally a bit older than the norm and/or doing a p/t program. About 20% of my 1L class lived in Calhoun, and I know they hung out together quite a bit. I live inside the loop within a ten-minute drive of pretty much everyone I hang out with outside of class, most of whom live between 59 and I-10 (in Montrose, Upper Kirby, etc.).
Btw a few things on the topic of SMU vs. Baylor:
1. You can ABSOLUTELY play one financial aid office against the other to gun for an increase from the school of your choice. With the huge drop in applications, it's basically the law school equivalent of a buyer's market, and particularly if your LSAT/GPA are above the median, schools will bend over backwards to accommodate you.
2. Think LONG AND HARD
before deciding to go to Baylor. Being stuck in Wacko Waco for three years will absolutely
work to your detriment in terms of landing jobs, both during school and after graduation. (There's a reason why SMU is ranked #22 on ATL's rankings, UH is 35th, and no other Texas school besides UT is on it at all.) Yes, they think they're hot shit because they always have the highest bar-passage rate in Texas, but that's entirely because they TEACH TO THE BAR (which few other law schools do because it inevitably leads students to focus less on what they should
focus on, namely the area of law they plan to practice).
3. As for quality of life: again, this is Waco
, and Baylor was a school where it was literally against campus rules until 2000 or so for undergraduates to dance with one another. No, I am not kidding. Also, Baylor is notorious for having one of the most hellish 3L programs in the country -- whereas at SMU or UH, a significant number of students are already working
for a living, oftentimes at the firms that will end up hiring them after graduation. In contrast, since there are no law firms to speak of in Waco, Baylor instead does some kind of Marine Corps-style shit to get students "ready" for real-life law (as opposed to the on-the-job experience you'd get at a law school in a large city).
Seriously, most of you probably have an idea of at least a few law firms where you'd ideally like to work. Go to their Web sites. Read their lawyer bios -- all of them, if necessary. See how many of them went to Baylor versus SMU or UH. (Hell, in Houston you'll probably find more grads from third-tier South Texas
at most firms, outside of the most elite BigLaw ones, than Baylor grads.)