kalvano wrote:Since this is easily the most PM'ed question I get, I'll answer it here.
They are OK. Not fabulous, but better than other similar schools. OCI is pretty solid, and will take care of you if you're up to around top 1/3. There is the traditional large firm OCI in August, and a smaller OCI in October or so for smaller, more local firms. Between those two things, up to top 1/3 has a good shot at good employment.
After top 1/3, things drop off a lot. You'll have to hustle and find semester clerkships with firms, things like that. Jobs will come in a trickle, not a flood. Eventually, I think everyone will find work from my class, it will just take some time. But SMU's employment numbers are legit. Most of the class will work as a lawyer at some point.
If you've got anything specific, feel free to ask. But that's the best I can sum up the job prospects.
It seems to me like SMU is highly underrated. Arguably the second best law school in the second most populous state in the country - and it also happens to be a state with a relatively healthy and growing economy. The employment stats seem more in line with a top 25 school than one in the 40's and 50's (yes, I know rankings are stupid).
In your experience, how important are ties to Dallas or Texas for an SMU grad? I have loose ties (used to live in TX, have old friends there, etc.), but nothing super convincing.