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Deciding Where to Go => Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses => Topic started by: danney13 on April 27, 2008, 09:33:29 AM

Title: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: danney13 on April 27, 2008, 09:33:29 AM
What do people think about FIU?  I live in Miami right now, am from PA, and am interested in doing immigration/international law.  I have heard good things about FIU, but am scared by their drop to the 4th tier and the unemployment rate.  On the other hand, it has only been around for a couple of years and I suppose even schools with great promise takes time to get established.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: nealric on April 27, 2008, 10:47:37 AM
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but am scared by their drop to the 4th tier and the unemployment rate.  On the other hand, it has only been around for a couple of years and I suppose even schools with great promise takes time to get established.   


Be afraid, be very afraid (unless money is no object and/or you have an unconditional full ride)
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: Prize Fight Promoter on April 27, 2008, 11:33:48 AM
I would not advise going to a TIER 4 school at all in this congested lawyer market.  But, FIU's tuition is dirt cheap which mitigates the problem.  So, what it comes down to in my opinion is this: Are you a go-getter that has extreme confidence in making things happen?  Are you a great networker that can find work in a time where your competition will be much more appealing?  If not, stay away.

I think FIU will be a well-respected tier 2 school in the next 7-10 years, but this is irrelevant to you.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: officeguy on April 27, 2008, 01:30:23 PM
Law school is a VERY serious, and life changing investment. Go to the absoluate best school you are able to get into. Pass off any T3/T4...
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: themanwithnoname on April 27, 2008, 01:47:41 PM
On the other hand, it has only been around for a couple of years and I suppose even schools with great promise takes time to get established.  Thoughts?

you should care about whether it has been established, not whether it has great promise.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: DontQuestionMe on April 27, 2008, 07:25:30 PM
http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,4009649.0.html
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2008, 10:27:25 PM
Don't under estimate alumni.  The last firm I worked with had two "managing" partners, a Miami grad and a Nova Grad.  Whenever they had a position to fill the Miami guy would go and interview at Miami and the Nova guy would go and interview people at Nova.  Even though UM is a better school than Nova I would say that a Nova grad has about as good of a chance of getting a job at that firm.  (We had 3 law clerks, two of us Miami and one Nova).  It was not that someone from another school could not get hired, it is just harder to come to their attention.

My point? FIU grads would be very likely to look at you in a better light, problem is that there are not too many of them around.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2008, 11:16:18 PM
Don't under estimate alumni.  The last firm I worked with had two "managing" partners, a Miami grad and a Nova Grad.  Whenever they had a position to fill the Miami guy would go and interview at Miami and the Nova guy would go and interview people at Nova.  Even though UM is a better school than Nova I would say that a Nova grad has about as good of a chance of getting a job at that firm.  (We had 3 law clerks, two of us Miami and one Nova).  It was not that someone from another school could not get hired, it is just harder to come to their attention.

My point? FIU grads would be very likely to look at you in a better light, problem is that there are not too many of them around.

ED TAYLOR!

Have you been waiting 2 + years to make that post?
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2008, 11:26:06 PM
Who is this?  Are you an LSD person or from the dog?
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2008, 11:32:22 PM
Who is this?  Are you an LSD person or from the dog?

DO YOU REALLY KNOW ED?

If this is really Ed, tell me whose closet you used to live in.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2008, 11:37:28 PM
Who is this?  Are you an LSD person or from the dog?

DO YOU REALLY KNOW ED?

If this is really Ed, tell me whose closet you used to live in.

I KNOW I'M NOT ED.



You must be an LSD person then.  I admire your memory.  You have waited a long time to make this post.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2008, 11:49:57 PM
You must be a mod or an admin.  I can't imagine a regular poster would know Ed or that I know Ed.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 11, 2008, 12:00:13 AM
You must be a mod or an admin.  I can't imagine a regular poster would know Ed or that I know Ed.

NOT A MOD OR AN ADMIN.  BUT, I KNOW ED.  SO DO YOU.

Nice to see that someone remembers Ed.  He will be very happy.  I will tell him you say hi.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 11, 2008, 12:22:22 AM
Is this Bradzwest?  Where did all your posts go edd?
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: edd taylor on June 11, 2008, 12:28:44 AM
Is this Bradzwest?  Where did all your posts go edd?

EDD KEEPS A CLEAN ACCOUNT.... OLD POSTS ARE OLD NEWS.

BRADZWEST? MOD? ADMIN? LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU KNOW ED.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: billthethrill on June 11, 2008, 12:36:02 AM
Is this Bradzwest?  Where did all your posts go edd?

EDD KEEPS A CLEAN ACCOUNT.... OLD POSTS ARE OLD NEWS.

BRADZWEST? MOD? ADMIN? LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW YOU KNOW ED.

This is going nowhere.  I will tell Ed you said hi.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: AspenLizzy on July 16, 2008, 08:40:23 PM
FIU has an amazing undergrad but after finishing my first year at Miami, I get the impression the law school is not so hot.  Cheap, but has no reputation.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: JustDanny on July 24, 2008, 12:31:37 PM
I am planning to transfer no matter what but how does St. Thomas fall in comparison to FIU, Nova, UM and the Miami market? 
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: AspenLizzy on July 24, 2008, 05:43:54 PM
I haven't heard anything about St. Thomas for a really long time.  I've never run into a current or former student.  If I had to choose between St. Thomas and  FIU, I'd pick FIU only because I actually know it exists.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: DontQuestionMe on July 26, 2008, 04:52:47 PM
I am planning to transfer no matter what but how does St. Thomas fall in comparison to FIU, Nova, UM and the Miami market? 

Don't count on a transfer. Everyone expects to be at the top of their class, only 10% actually are.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: DontQuestionMe on July 27, 2008, 12:12:55 PM
I am planning to transfer no matter what but how does St. Thomas fall in comparison to FIU, Nova, UM and the Miami market? 

Don't count on a transfer. Everyone expects to be at the top of their class, only 10% actually are.

Actually, technically, only one person (around .05%) actually is.

 ::)
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: just some guy on July 27, 2008, 02:08:09 PM
I am planning to transfer no matter what but how does St. Thomas fall in comparison to FIU, Nova, UM and the Miami market? 

Don't count on a transfer. Everyone expects to be at the top of their class, only 10% actually are.
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Actually, technically, only one person (around .05%) actually is.

 ::)

It all depends on how one defines "top of the class", of course, but without additional clarification, it would generally be the top individual.

Doesn't anyone around here think before they post?  ::) ;)

No.
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: DontQuestionMe on July 27, 2008, 08:53:30 PM
I am planning to transfer no matter what but how does St. Thomas fall in comparison to FIU, Nova, UM and the Miami market? 

Don't count on a transfer. Everyone expects to be at the top of their class, only 10% actually are.

Actually, technically, only one person (around .05%) actually is.

 ::)

It all depends on how one defines "top of the class", of course, but without additional clarification, it would generally be the top individual.

Doesn't anyone around here think before they post?  ::) ;)

 ::) ::)

You tell that to a hiring partner who considers top of your class top 10-15%.

 ::) ::)
Title: Re: What's the deal with FIU?
Post by: helmetONpenis on August 01, 2008, 11:42:27 AM
I am planning to transfer no matter what but how does St. Thomas fall in comparison to FIU, Nova, UM and the Miami market? 

I spoke to a couple of lawyers about St. Thomas and they've told me to stay away from that school. Your ability to transfer to another law program will be contingent on your first year grades and you will have no idea how what your performance in law school will be like. In the worst case scenario, you won't be able to transfer out of the law school you're in, so make sure you've made a well-informed decision.