« on: April 13, 2007, 09:25:11 PM »
I may not be able to attend school where I want to, not even in the area, as something has come up that will keep me where I am for a few more years. It has to do with wife, family, job, etc. Can't be avoided (I'm not a spring chicken), so I have to rool with the punches.
Anyhow, I'm Canadian. I live near Toronto, which is in Southern Ontario, about 2.5 hours from Buffalo, and 2.5 from Syracuse. Detroit is about 6 hours away. Where I wanted to originally relocate is FL, and I have been accepted and placed deposits at both Stetson and Miami, both with more than half scholarships. FL is where I want to live and practice in the long term, settling there for good and planting family roots. Eventually I had wanted to get into politics, etc.
The curveball comes (what it is is not really important), and I may be "stuck" here for a while. The weather and atmosphere and culture of FL or possibly somewhere in the southwest is where I want to end up, but Tampa and/or Miami remain focal relocate point(s). My conundrum is this: where should I go to end up where I want to?
Some ideas I'm kicking around: SUNY Buffalo, Syracuse, Detroit Mercy (with dual U Windsor LLB Canadian law degree - don't know how great of an idea that is), Albany, or Osgoode (York U in Canada for LLB and then move afterward). I think the best ideas are Buffalo or Syracuse, and if situation allows for move after a year or two I could always TRY to transfer (I know, I know, don't count on it). Neither school is top tier (2 and 3), and Albany is even further down I think at 4. What are the realistic chances of being able to gain employment in my desired geographic area of FL from any of these schools? This situation sucks, but I want to make the best choice I can. I can't put school off any longer (I'm not a spring chicken), and have family and other goals to get to, so it's kind of like now or never.
Any ideas on what I've presented? Any alternative ideas? Please spill 'em, cause I may only have only the end of the weekend to get some late cycle apps off and hope for acceptance still.