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I appreciate your advice but I think the tone of your words comes off similar to many of the T3/T4 bashers.  Look, I went to NYU graduate school and can appreciate name recognition.  And in the field of law, unfortunately, that's all that matters.  It's amazing how many T50 responders are compelled to inform us T3/T4 applicants how bad the job prospects are for attending such schools.  You think we do not know the reputation of these schools?  Do you think we just blindly apply?  Hell, if that were the case, I'd send out apps. to all the Ivy's!  But all of us plan to bust our asses and hope for the best.  Some of us want to work in a small market, or transfer after their first year, or not even work in BigLaw.  That is the difference between those that get into T14 and the rest of the 180+ law schools.  We try our best and hope for the best.

I don't want to get into another defensive T3/T4 applicant rant (I guess I already did..haha).  I just wanted to see what people thought of FIU without anyone stating unoriginal comments.  Oh well....

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Hey All,

I just got into Florida International University today.  It was ranked T3 last year but got bumped down to T4 in the recent 2009 issue.  I am attracted to the school because the instate tuition is only $6K for part-time, has a pretty good bar passage/employment rates and only competes with U. of Miami in the major city.

Any thoughts anyone?

Oh yeah, my other schools I've gotten into are Valparaiso, Florida A&M, Florida Coastal and Nova Southeastern.

Still waiting on Loyola - New Orleans, Duquesne, Lousville and Akron.

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Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Help Me Decide
« on: April 21, 2008, 12:12:19 PM »
So far I have been accepted by the following schools and stacking each one against the other:

Florida Coastal
Valparaiso
Florida A&M (from Florida, in-state tuition)
NOVA Southeastern (just accepted today)
Florida International University

I am still waiting on Louisville, Loyola at New Orleans, Akron, Arkansas - Little Rock, Duquesne and New England

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Choosing the Right Law School / Any comments on these schools?
« on: April 21, 2008, 09:33:33 AM »
So far I have been accepted by the following schools and stacking each one against the other:

Florida Coastal
Valparaiso
Florida A&M (from Florida, in-state tuition)
Duquesne
Arkansas - Littlerock (T3, ranked higher than the others)
NOVA Southeastern
Florida International University

I am still waiting on Lousville, Loyola at New Orleans, New England and Akron.

Thank you in advance :-)

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No, unfortunately, I am not a URM.  I would I have been accepted at more schools probably if I could classify myself as such :-(

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So far I have been accepted by the following schools and stacking each one against the other:

Florida Coastal
Valparaiso
Florida A&M (from Florida, in-state tuition)
Duquesne
Arkansas - Littlerock (T3, ranked higher than the others)
NOVA Southeastern (Just got accepted today)

Any thoughts on these schools and which would provide the best opportunity to transfer if I do well the 1st year?

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 03:02:20 PM »
Hmm, what do you suppose the logic is behind that?  I would assume they'd want someone familiar with staff, firm processes and most importantly, the clients and attorneys.

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:41:57 PM »
Definitely makes sense.  One of the attorneys I work for (who went to Howard) is fluent in Mandarin and German.  Don't imagine there's a huge need for Thai here in the US, but in Bangkok, it is a huge asset to have.  The city, and the country as a whole, is booming with new investments and property deals.  Several major US and international law firms are there and I would love to end up there someday.  I've already spoken with several Managing Partners over there and they said the best way to end up there is to go to the best possible law school and then land a job with one of the Biglaw firms.  Which puts me right back where I started and thus the level of stress. :(

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:29:33 PM »
themanwithnoname,

No, I do not speak Chinese but I am fairly proficient in reading, writing and speaking Thai.  Would love to end up working for a major firm in Bangkok someday.  But for now, I am only thinking about law school, summer jobs (may apply to some of the big firms in Asia) and everything else involved.

Also, I never assumed I will be in the top 5%.  I just know that based on historical performances in both college and graduate school, when I work my ass off, I tend to kick ass.  But I also FULLY realize that law school is an entirely different world.

I guess it is somewhat comforting that 3 partners at 3 different law firms speak very highly of me and have been there for me over the last five years.  Not saying this obligates them in any way, but it is comforting I guess.

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Current Law Students / Re: Worried About My T3/T4 Options
« on: April 18, 2008, 02:19:00 PM »
themanwithnoname,

I would like to continue working in transactional law, specifically fixed-income and other types of structured-finance securities.  However, because I have traveled alot, especially to Hong Kong and Thailand, I am considering transactional law in Asia down the road (FAR down the road).

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