« on: July 18, 2008, 08:19:12 PM »
Tampa is becoming an increasingly saturated market. I wouldn't recommend Stetson to anyone. Eventhough they have some amazing professors, a beautiful campus, and frequent legal seminars, the job prospects for most students outside the top quartile are grim. The difference between their marketibility and Miami's is night and day.
I've lived in Tampa for 20 years, and, honestly, I've not met a single graduate of UM law school. Admittedly, you may run in a different circle than I do, and you may be more aware of general stats on all of this.
The majority of successful attorneys that I've come into contact with, through friendships or mutual friendships in South Tampa, or through business-world connections, have graduated from UF (of course) or Stetson, with a few here and there from FSU and quite a few from out of state. Stetson historically has had an extensive network of grads in the Tampa Bay area and, honestly, I think Stetson would be a good choice if you intend to practice in the immediate area.
I'd be interested in seeing actual stats on the saturation of attorneys in the Tampa market, and stats on overall prospects for Stetson grads in Tampa Bay or throughout Florida.