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Current Law Students / FSU in-state vs. Nova Southeastern scholarship
« on: June 01, 2014, 06:32:23 AM »
So here's my dilemma.... I am choosing between Nova at a total Cost of Attendance at $70k (scholarship stipulation is stay in top 60%) or FSU at in-state tuition with total Cost of Attendance at $120k. I currently work at a public interest firm full of Nova grads in the area where Nova is  located and would love to stay in the area as I am from the area and my family is there. Also, I'd be able to commute from home. On the other hand, I have a strong interest in working for the public sector and FSU does an excellent job of placing their students into those type of careers because they are steps away from major state agencies in Tallahassee (FL capital). Therefore, I think there may be more opportunities to work in government coming from FSU but is really worth $50k more? I am hesitant to make the move because 1) Nova is $50k cheaper and I've made some very solid connections with Nova grads in the area and even found myself a mentor that is a Nova grad. 2) I know I'm going to miss my family and my fiance just got a job in the Ft. Lauderdale area and wouldn't come up to Tallahassee with me for at least a year and commuting from home allows my family to help me out with a little more.  What are your thoughts on this situation?

Choosing the Right Law School / South Florida law schools
« on: December 12, 2013, 07:21:21 AM »
Hello all. So I am facing a tough dilemma on deciding where to go to law school. I am a South Florida resident and want to stay in the region so going to school down is a must. I currently have 4 offers on the table: U of Miami (No scholarship), FIU (No scholarship), Nova Southeastern University (half tuition scholarship) or St. Thomas University (full ride). I am heavily leaning towards attending Miami because I truly believe that if one wishes to practice in a certain market, one must go to the most prestigious/reputable school in said market to take advantages of resources as best as possible (alumni base, internships/externship, ettc) and Miami is TOP DOG in all those aspects down here. However, the thought of graduating with a six figure debt is very daunting and I don't know if I'm ready to take on that kind of debt. Thankfully, I graduated from college without any debt so I do have more leeway in that regard than others and working in the public sector is something that has always interested me so perhaps i can take advantage of IBR and the PSLF loan forgiveness program. Additionally, I will not be retaking the LSAT due to personal reasons that will make it nearly impossible to give 100 percent of my effort. So I'd like to get your guys opinion on this: Is U of Miami a good enough law school to justify taking on all that debt or should I settle for the cheaper options and have bleaker employment prospects come graduation. Any insight is appreciated. Thanks!

Black Law Students / Chance at FSU?
« on: July 07, 2013, 07:32:17 PM »
So I'm a non URM hoping to get into FSU. I am an FL resident and numbers are 3.8/154 with some decent softs working in government. So is there any hope at me getting in? Any hope at negotiating a $3k to $5k scholarship if a tier 4 offers close to a full ride or a complete full ride? I looked at and saw that I may stand a chance but it is slim. Thoughts?

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