ScottWest wrote:I came across this thread and thought I would say hi as I have put my first deposit down for a seat in the part time evening program starting this fall of 2014.
I am excited to attend A&M. I struggled with the ranking for awhile but based my decision to attend on the following:
1. It's free. I am a hazelwood student also so tuition will be covered. A&M also offered a scholarship with a 3.0 stip each year as well. It will still be free for me whether I keep up the stip or not. Also, I asked multiple lawyers whether they would pay for SMU or attend A&M for free and each one told me A&M all day.
2. Although A&M may never have be as highly ranked as UT, with the money that they can put into the school, I am confident it will be in the top 100 before I graduate.
3. The reception that I received from A&M when I was accepted was great and felt right. My acceptance was met with excitement and was very welcoming. I was immediately invited to school functions and to sit in on classes. I can get behind this culture.
The only downside to attending will be the commute. My wife and I purchased a home in Plano because it is close to her work and the schools are great for the kids. If I have any soon to be classmates on here, feel free to shoot me a message.
Congratulations !!!- I'll be in the day program, but I imagine we'll still cross paths. I share your reservations regarding the rankings and have concerns about the resulting job prospect differences. The stip is a little more daunting to me without Hazelwood (glad you have that) and I worry about whether the curve may actually be more stringent here than it is at SMU after 1L. (Mike or others- if you have any insight on this, I'd be interested). However, after talking to some successful attorney friends about the options, the consensus was that given the current market, A&M is a logical choice.
Like you, I felt very welcomed and appreciated when I talked to people at A&M. If that culture persists throughout our time there, the quality of life over the next few years will be a great benefit. I got the sense that there would be a lot of student, staff, and faculty support for an individual's endeavors. The institution seems to relish its student's accomplishments. So, I'm all in now. I am really looking forward to it. See you around.