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Title: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 25, 2004, 09:35:11 AM
Because of the recent constant hurricane hits in Florida, do you guys think it will decrease the number of applicants to Florida law schools this year.   

Yah..Nay?? 
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: cascagrossa on September 25, 2004, 09:40:34 AM
i seriously hope so.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 25, 2004, 10:07:20 AM
i seriously hope so.

Why...which school in FL are you applying to?
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: cascagrossa on September 25, 2004, 10:08:29 AM
stetson, miami, uf, fsu.  miami is my top choice
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: TheDecline on September 25, 2004, 10:27:46 AM
I doubt there will be any significant decline in applicants.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 25, 2004, 11:16:57 AM
stetson, miami, uf, fsu.  miami is my top choice

Given the high cost of law school, especially Stetson being in the top in terms of having the highest amount of debt among its graduates, and given the fact that the salaries in FL are low compare to some parts of the country....is it a wise choice to attend a private/expensive law school in FL?

Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: V on September 25, 2004, 11:26:30 AM
stetson, miami, uf, fsu.  miami is my top choice

I'm ruminating it b.c. those were my first picks too, since I wanted to ultimately reside there.  But now, I'm asking myself some tough questions.  And yeah, I'll fess up, the huricanes have somewhat impacted my thinking; it is not the sole constituent in my reasoning for re-evaluation, however.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: cascagrossa on September 25, 2004, 11:27:46 AM
i want to live and practice in miami permanently.  um is my top choice and i believe that job prospects are more than adequate with a jd from miami.  

stetson is my last choice out of all the florida schools. i would only consider going there if i was not accepted anywhere else.  id rather leave stetson with some debt than graduate from a place like st thomas.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 25, 2004, 12:46:02 PM
i want to live and practice in miami permanently.  um is my top choice and i believe that job prospects are more than adequate with a jd from miami.  

stetson is my last choice out of all the florida schools. i would only consider going there if i was not accepted anywhere else.  id rather leave stetson with some debt than graduate from a place like st thomas.

I agree with you about St. Thomas.  However, I will definately choose FSU and UF over UM, not just because of the ranking, but also because of the cost. 
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: LongTallVal on September 25, 2004, 01:37:29 PM

I agree with you about St. Thomas.  However, I will definately choose FSU and UF over UM, not just because of the ranking, but also because of the cost. 

I totalyl agree with this.  While UM is a great school, it simply isn't a drop in the bucket for what FSU and UF can give you for less dollars.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: alannauf on September 25, 2004, 01:40:58 PM
When thinking about the hurricanes when making your final considerations, you have to remember that this year is abnormally high. I feel like there were no (or very few) major hurricanes to hit last season. It fluctuates from year to year, but it definately wouldn't be my reason for not putting in an application in FL. You can go somewhere else and deal with tornadoes, earthquakes, snow storms, etc...
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: V on September 25, 2004, 02:31:56 PM
i want to live and practice in miami permanently.  um is my top choice and i believe that job prospects are more than adequate with a jd from miami.  

stetson is my last choice out of all the florida schools. i would only consider going there if i was not accepted anywhere else.  id rather leave stetson with some debt than graduate from a place like st thomas.

Hey C -

Have you thoroughly ascertained what Stetson offers?  They're really looked highly upon by many firms there and many attorneys have told me they're just as competitive as UF.  Yeah, it's definately expensive.  I'm not saying Miami is a bad choice either, however.  All I'm saying is really check it out, if you already have not.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: TheDecline on September 25, 2004, 02:37:45 PM
Have you thoroughly ascertained what Stetson offers?  They're really looked highly upon by many firms there and many attorneys have told me they're just as competitive as UF.

Reeve Oliver is wondering about this statement.  Reeve Oliver would appreciate more information related to Stetson and UF.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: Gummo on September 25, 2004, 04:30:34 PM
I go to UF now, and applied to UF and FSU law (and I really don't want to stay in Florida, especially after this hurricane crap that is predicted to continue over many hurricane seasons).  I was planning on applying to Miami and Stetson, but both being in very vulnerable areas, I was dissuaded.

So, going on my own unreliable logic, I'm guessing that UF and FSU apps will stay the same and apps to Stetson, Miami, and other FL schools may decrease.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: Once & Again on September 25, 2004, 05:12:33 PM
slightly off the subject...

where is the best place to take the exam in south florida?
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: thechoson on September 25, 2004, 05:21:55 PM
Mean Jeanne is coming in.  Good luck to all those in Florida.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: alannauf on September 25, 2004, 06:54:05 PM
Thanks Choson.

Mean Jeanne is coming in.  Good luck to all those in Florida.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 26, 2004, 06:36:52 AM
slightly off the subject...

where is the best place to take the exam in south florida?

St. Thomas.  Quite Campus, You can even go there to study for the LSAT at their library or even better..at the law library. 


Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: V on September 26, 2004, 06:58:24 AM
Okay Reeve,

Here's the deal of what I know.  I visited FL. earlier this year and spoke with several attorneys during my stay b.c. usually, the schools will tell you what you want to hear. All were graduates from FL LSs.  Stetson is one school on the rise and grad. students of Stetson attract mid to large size firms.  Granted, Stetson may not have the versatality of specializations that Miami offers, but they still offer the core.  Also, considering where in FL you'd like to reside plays paramount in the scheme when selecting LS.  If you want to practice more south, than go for UM.  If you also want an LLM in tax, go to UM.  Do the oppposite if you plan to practice north and if tax isn't your thing. Or attend UF, for they're program is extremely reputable. Think too, of the firms that come to recruit, their reps. will not drive 4 or 5 hours away from local. to local only to obtain students for summer programs, which is also key for networking and establishing foundations.  I hope this helped.  Let me know if you need anything else, and if I can, I'll answer.

BTW, visit thier websites to check out their programs.  Call w/qs. for general info. - for that, they will be honest.

Good luck.

Have you thoroughly ascertained what Stetson offers?  They're really looked highly upon by many firms there and many attorneys have told me they're just as competitive as UF.

Reeve Oliver is wondering about this statement.  Reeve Oliver would appreciate more information related to Stetson and UF.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: thinknpositive on September 26, 2004, 07:48:30 AM
i want to live and practice in miami permanently.  um is my top choice and i believe that job prospects are more than adequate with a jd from miami.  

stetson is my last choice out of all the florida schools. i would only consider going there if i was not accepted anywhere else.  id rather leave stetson with some debt than graduate from a place like st thomas.

(shameless validation post)

you'll have no problem at all getting into miami.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: BAFF213 on September 26, 2004, 03:29:58 PM
I am very interested in Stetson.  It looks like a great school with a beautiful campus.  Despite the recent hurricanes, I am really considering attending law school there and living in the area for pretty much the rest of my life.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 26, 2004, 04:16:51 PM
I am very interested in Stetson.  It looks like a great school with a beautiful campus.  Despite the recent hurricanes, I am really considering attending law school there and living in the area for pretty much the rest of my life.

Where are you from?  What other schools are you considering.  If FL is where you're heading, you and I might be classmates by this time next year. 
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: BAFF213 on September 26, 2004, 04:50:26 PM
I am very interested in Stetson.  It looks like a great school with a beautiful campus.  Despite the recent hurricanes, I am really considering attending law school there and living in the area for pretty much the rest of my life.

Where are you from?  What other schools are you considering.  If FL is where you're heading, you and I might be classmates by this time next year. 

I'm from Boston (area), and I'm interested in school up and down the East Coast.  I am interested in Stetson, particularly, since I have family in the Tampa area.  I'm probably not going to apply to any Florida schools other than Stetson, however; I am strongly considering Stetson.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: Gummo on September 27, 2004, 04:34:51 PM
Okay Reeve,

Here's the deal of what I know.  I visited FL. earlier this year and spoke with several attorneys during my stay b.c. usually, the schools will tell you what you want to hear. All were graduates from FL LSs.  Stetson is one school on the rise and grad. students of Stetson attract mid to large size firms.  Granted, Stetson may not have the versatality of specializations that Miami offers, but they still offer the core.  Also, considering where in FL you'd like to reside plays paramount in the scheme when selecting LS.  If you want to practice more south, than go for UM.  If you also want an LLM in tax, go to UM.  Do the oppposite if you plan to practice north and if tax isn't your thing. Or attend UF, for they're program is extremely reputable. Think too, of the firms that come to recruit, their reps. will not drive 4 or 5 hours away from local. to local only to obtain students for summer programs, which is also key for networking and establishing foundations.  I hope this helped.  Let me know if you need anything else, and if I can, I'll answer.

BTW, visit thier websites to check out their programs.  Call w/qs. for general info. - for that, they will be honest.

Good luck.

Have you thoroughly ascertained what Stetson offers?  They're really looked highly upon by many firms there and many attorneys have told me they're just as competitive as UF.

Reeve Oliver is wondering about this statement.  Reeve Oliver would appreciate more information related to Stetson and UF.

It doesn't seem like it could really be described as "on the rise".  The regional rep is great, but isn't it the oldest law school in Florida and still not close to breaking through the third tier?
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: FloridaLaw on September 27, 2004, 05:24:32 PM

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It doesn't seem like it could really be described as "on the rise".  The regional rep is great, but isn't it the oldest law school in Florida and still not close to breaking through the third tier?
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Based on U.S. News, Stetson graduates are ranked really high (not sure, I think it's number 3 or so) among all law schools in terms of having the highest amount of debts upon graduation.  Is it worth going to a 3rd tier law school in FL(I mention FL, because its pay is relatively low compare to other states) with such a big amount of debt?


Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: BAFF213 on September 27, 2004, 05:55:47 PM

Based on U.S. News, Stetson graduates are ranked really high (not sure, I think it's number 3 or so) among all law schools in terms of having the highest amount of debts upon graduation.  Is it worth going to a 3rd tier law school in FL(I mention FL, because its pay is relatively low compare to other states) with such a big amount of debt?


Yes but the "average student indebtness at graduation" is one number.  It would be simplistic to look at this one number and base a decision on it.  This number could be due to any number of factors.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: Gummo on September 28, 2004, 03:58:08 AM

Based on U.S. News, Stetson graduates are ranked really high (not sure, I think it's number 3 or so) among all law schools in terms of having the highest amount of debts upon graduation.  Is it worth going to a 3rd tier law school in FL(I mention FL, because its pay is relatively low compare to other states) with such a big amount of debt?


Yes but the "average student indebtness at graduation" is one number.  It would be simplistic to look at this one number and base a decision on it.  This number could be due to any number of factors.

Stetson seems to be really generous with scholarship money.  A girl I know got a full ride with a 158 and a gpa slightly lower than yours last year.
Title: Re: Hurricanes in Florida
Post by: BAFF213 on September 28, 2004, 11:21:45 AM

Based on U.S. News, Stetson graduates are ranked really high (not sure, I think it's number 3 or so) among all law schools in terms of having the highest amount of debts upon graduation.  Is it worth going to a 3rd tier law school in FL(I mention FL, because its pay is relatively low compare to other states) with such a big amount of debt?


Yes but the "average student indebtness at graduation" is one number.  It would be simplistic to look at this one number and base a decision on it.  This number could be due to any number of factors.

Stetson seems to be really generous with scholarship money.  A girl I know got a full ride with a 158 and a gpa slightly lower than yours last year.

Damn son.  Maybe I will go there then.  My GPA will be higher by the end of this semester too (not sure they'll see that though).