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Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: February 14, 2014, 08:06:37 AM »
It really depends on what your daughter wants to do with her degree. If she is committed to private practice or is not sure what she wants to do with her degree after graduating, FIU is the safer bet because she won't rack up a lot of debt in the process. Be advised however, that almost every midsized and small firms will almost always take a UM  grad over any grad from another local school because the alumni base down here is that strong for UM. Like your daughter, I got in at both UM and FIU but will be attending UM at full price because I am committed to working in the public sector (I work at my local state attorneys office and have already been offered an internship after 1L) and plan to take advantage of pslf/ibr. FIU is too new of a law school to really have a strong alumni base that will get her a quality job. As a South Florida resident, I can tell you that networking is in some ways more important than grades and going to the king kahuna (UM) down here IS going to make a difference. But again, it all depends on what she wants to do with her degree

Where should I go next fall? / Re: miami law schools
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:14:32 PM »
 U of Miami is probably the hardest to get into with a 3.5/157 median (roughly) followed by FIU with a 3.4/156 median (roughly) St. Thomas is the easiest to get into with a 3.1/148 median (roughly) but it is what you would call a dumpster fire as in on 30% of their grads are getting jobs so I wouldn't go there. I think  U of Miami is the only school worth attending to get solid prospects after graduating in the area. Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center is in the Ft. Lauderdale area and dominates that market (which is about an hour north of Miami) but UM still holds a strong presence there too. FIU is a good bargain since it's so cheap but I unless you want limit yourself to JUST the city of Miami, I wouldn't go. Nova is strong in Broward and Palm Beach and so is UM but UM is king in Miami

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: January 07, 2014, 02:05:27 PM »
FIU is probably more of a realistic scenario. Her lsat is median and her gpa is at 25th percentile at Miami so she might have a shot  to get in there and as a South Florida resident, I would urge you to stay away from the dumpster fire that is St. Thomas as they do not have a strong alumni base or reputation down here. I was considering going there but they refused to drop the ridiculous stipulations that came with my scholarship offer. I would suggest looking at and looking at applicants from this cycle and last cycle to see where she stacks up. Good luck!

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: January 04, 2014, 10:16:27 AM »
Just submitted two more applications to Mercer (they're sending someone down here on behalf of the scholarship committee) and FSU. I just realized how cheap FSU would be for me due to in state tuition (about $30k a year total with COL included) do you guys think I have a shot at FSU with my 3.8/154?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:17:35 PM »
I really do not like FIU. I took a tour and the faculty and students just seemed so out of touch with the reality of the legal market. It's just not for me. I enjoyed my visit to St. Thomas very much and Miami even more so I would probably be picking between those two. Nova was alright when I took my visit but something about St. Thomas stood out a little more.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:04:49 PM »
Thanks! For the final round of negotiations I asked St. Thomas to drop the stipulations on my full ride offer completely.  If they do that, that will probably change my mind a lot considering I can probably keep my debt load under $25k for the entire 3 years combined. However, almost half of St. Thomas' graduating class did not get legal jobs this past year so I'm going to have to do a lot of networking/externships

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:37:27 PM »
Looks like I won't be getting any scholarship money from U of Miami after another round of negotiations. A six figure debt at graduation seems so daunting but is it really something that I should be that concerned about? Miami has a nice trend placing grads in the public sector and placed about a third of their graduating class this past year in the public sector. I'm really close to just going there even though it's going to be very expensive. Any thoughts you guys may have?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 17, 2013, 08:52:42 AM »
I have been trying to negotiate pretty furiously but both attempts were turned down due to my low lsat score. Is possible to maybe just request a a set amount such as $7500 even though they've already told me that it doesn't look like I'd be eligible for anything?

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:54:24 PM »
That was a very informative response. Thank you! I think Miami is what feels right as of now and I am already speaking to alumni and students who have nothing but good things to say about the U. One alum even offered to mentor me and I haven't even started school yet so I can already feel the prestige factor in UM in this region. The stipulations on St. Thomas scholarship are pretty ridiculous as in must be top 35 percent ridiculous. Nova stips aren't as bad but still not the best. FIU is an up and comer but I really didnt like the campus or what I heard from the faculty, students and I have not found one alum in the areas that interest me.

Where should I go next fall? / Re: South Florida law schools
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:21:06 PM »
Interesting you say that. I know FIU is on the rise but from the attorneys I've talked to down here, UM is still regarded as a powerhouse in the region. I also have an interest in working for a government entity so even if I do rack up a lot of debt, I can take advantage of generous repayment options such as PSLF after 10 years and IBR. Basically, if I don't end up top ten percent and don't get a shot at biglaw after 1L then I'll probably gun for a public sector job. Thanks for your insight!

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