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Deciding Where to Go => Choosing the Right Law School => Topic started by: Sepatown on March 21, 2006, 09:12:43 PM

Title: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 21, 2006, 09:12:43 PM
Hello all,

I am new to this board, and new to the whole online discussion forum process but I find this site to be quite informative and have registered. As a Fall '06 1L, it is coming down to decision time. I just want to hear some opinions on my choices, if you feel like it.

Stetson-no money offered. Would be about 30k/yr in tuition and fees. But I absolutely love the school and the area.

Akron-full scholarship! I must maintain a 3.3. Even if I don't, I will be an Ohio resident after 12 months so I am looking at 14k/yr in tuition in fees for only 2 years. The irony is that I just applied because it was free, but now they are my top choice.

St.Thomas Miami-14k/yr scholarship if I stay in the top 25%. i haven't heard many good reviews of this school.

Debt scares the hell out of me, so Stetson is almost out of the picture, unfortunately. I believe I can get the same caliber job graduating from Akron as I could from Stetson. Does anyone agree? Also, I am looking to become a public defender and, after doing research in my home county, I have discovered that the PD's come from all over the country. The few I have talked to feel that they got their job due to extracurricular activities and not school ranking.

Also, I may change my mind and go for the big money jobs. After reading this site, Tier 3 does not seem to place well in 100k+ jobs. Also, I do not care where I live, particularly so...Akron, right?
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: BoredAtWork2112 on March 21, 2006, 09:54:35 PM
What is your home country?
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 07:03:16 AM
What is your home country?

It says home "county." A county in Florida.
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 08:16:44 AM


Akron-full scholarship! I must maintain a 3.3. Even if I don't, I will be an Ohio resident after 12 months so I am looking at 14k/yr in tuition in fees for only 2 years. The irony is that I just applied because it was free, but now they are my top choice.

What is the curve like?

Pretty tough. The past 3 years, it has ranged from the top 15-20% receive a 3.3 or above.
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: okayplayer on March 22, 2006, 08:31:32 AM
I'm doing Akron for the exact same reason...but I only have to keep a 2.5 after year one to get year two covered.  But, I still need a 3.3 for the third year.  I figure worst case scenario I owe in-state tuition for a year.  I could have gone to some decent tier 2's and low Teir 1's but it's just not worth the debt in my eyes.
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: aerynn on March 22, 2006, 09:20:27 AM
Stetson has a top-notch trial law program, far better than their rank would lead you to expect.  If you want to be a PD, I would absolutely think hard about them.  I don't know much about Akron, though. 

Bonus:  Stetson is a beauiful campus in a beautiful city.
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: BoredAtWork2112 on March 22, 2006, 09:28:13 AM
What is your home country?

It says home "county." A county in Florida.

Aww c'mon, you edited didn't you?  :P
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Tulane1L on March 22, 2006, 09:28:40 AM
You might be able to get the same caliber job coming out of Akron, but it will almost def. be in Ohio....

I wouldn't discount Stetson so quicky, it is a good school with good placement, and if you want to return to Florida, it seems like the obvious choice.  If you want to go into public interest, look into whether Stetson has a LARP....
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 09:33:28 AM
I'm doing Akron for the exact same reason...but I only have to keep a 2.5 after year one to get year two covered.  But, I still need a 3.3 for the third year.  I figure worst case scenario I owe in-state tuition for a year.  I could have gone to some decent tier 2's and low Teir 1's but it's just not worth the debt in my eyes.
Nice. I have to get a 2.3 my fall semester to get spring semester covered. Have you visited Akron yet?
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 09:36:41 AM
Stetson has a top-notch trial law program, far better than their rank would lead you to expect.  If you want to be a PD, I would absolutely think hard about them.  I don't know much about Akron, though. 

Bonus:  Stetson is a beauiful campus in a beautiful city.
Yeah, Stetson rocks, I know. I've been in St. Pete/Tampa plenty of times. I've seen that they are ranked #1 for trial advocacy and #3 for legal writing, according to USNWR. But, if I want to be a PD, then 150k debt will be very hard to pay off. That's why I'm looking cheap, because I'm not expecting big money.
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 09:38:07 AM
What is your home country?

It says home "county." A county in Florida.

Aww c'mon, you edited didn't you?  :P
No, but if it makes you feel better, I lived in England for 2 years.
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 09:42:31 AM
You might be able to get the same caliber job coming out of Akron, but it will almost def. be in Ohio....

I wouldn't discount Stetson so quicky, it is a good school with good placement, and if you want to return to Florida, it seems like the obvious choice.  If you want to go into public interest, look into whether Stetson has a LARP....
Funny how you use "discount" and "Stetson" in the same sentence. Their placement is on par with Akron and I would be able to return to FL with my Akron degree and compete for a PD job as mentioned earlier. PD's in Florida come from all over the country, just like it's general population.

Is public defender work considered public interest?
Title: Re: Is this a no brainer?
Post by: Sepatown on March 22, 2006, 09:47:38 AM
Thank you all for your input. I guess it was a no brainer. If only Stetson was a public school....but I do not think it would be in my best future financial interests to take out 150k-ish and expect to make 40k straight out of law school. Unless someone posts a verifiable horror story regarding Akron. Besides the fact that I am leaving the sunshine state to live in a city known for it's polymer.