Afterparty wrote:Long time lurker here, so heres my first post. Just got my admissions packet in the mail with scholarship info. 30k/yr with 'good standing'. Based on this and other threads, I think I already know the answer to my question, but in your opinion, would you take a full ride at Baylor or a 30k/yr at SMU. The only reason I'm asking is because graduating debt free sounds so good. Hoping to practice in Dallas, but not set on a certain practice (want to go into law school open minded). Thanks!
Congratulations on your options!!! I think they are both great schools that are well-respected in the legal community and will open doors upon graduation if you perform well, which it seems they both think you will. SMU probably has a leg up with tall building lawyer in Dallas, although Baylor lawyers are prominent here too and will support each other. I do think Dallas is a neat city, but that only matters if you're going to allow yourself time to socialize externally a lot and take advantage of it. Honestly, I do not know SMU's internal dynamic as well as Baylor's, so I can't opine there. Baylor has a killer approachable faculty and the student body is competitive, but with a spirit of camaraderie. Baylor's third year is stressful, but prepares you very well if you want to be a litigator. If your interest is transactional, it might be a more difficult atmosphere and SMU might make more sense. Graduating debt free would be amazing. (I'm assuming Baylor's full ride has a higher requirement than good standing, it is probably sustainable, but I'd keep that in mind)
Go with your gut, I don't think you can go wrong. Congratulations again!