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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: FSU vs. U of Miami
« on: April 21, 2006, 09:02:26 AM »
I agree that if money is not an option, you want to be in a cultural metropolis, and want to practice corporate law in S. Florida then Miami is the way to go.  However, if you look at the ABA data regarding bar passage, employment, among other variables FSU is a better law school. FSU definitely offers better employment prospects across the state of FL as a whole, while Miami does better in S. Florida. FSU places better for corporate positions in ATL, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa but a significant number of grads work in the public sector.  Also, the alumni contacts are very strong at FSU; I am not sure what the earlier post was basing that statement on. Finally, I agree that Miami's name generally will be viewed more highly in distant markets (e.g. NYC), but in reality neither school places well there.  I'd make sure to visit both and see where you're most comfortable and what you are willing to pay (cost of living is drastically different not to mention tuition if one is able to transfer residency which is in limbo).

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Psychological preparation for 1L
« on: April 20, 2006, 06:04:08 PM »
SSRI is an antidepressant/anxiety med. a lot of people who enter strenuous academic environments end up needing them and the crap side effects when you start taking them are better dealt with before school starts. i wouldnt pop ritalin--doesnt work for most people.

Heh...Ritalin actually is an SSRI...increases seratonin levels. Thank God I paid attention in Psyc 101  ;D

Actually Ritalin is a psychostimulant (methylphenidate) referred to here in table of pharmacologic treatments for adhd (  It most certainly is not an SSRI although both SSRIs and psychostimulants are sometimes used in combination (or separately) to treat depression and adhd. I would opt for experimenting with the SSRIs personally because ritalin is a controlled substance and very addictive (in a lot of ways it's like legalized coke). Of course with SSRIs you always face the sexual side effects...

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: widener, really?
« on: April 19, 2006, 09:34:30 AM »
I would not attend Widener at that price unless you absolutely want to be in this area and can save $$ by living at home (even then, I would go with Drexel if they gave you $$).  I live with a current 2L and feel confident saying that Widener is definitely a T4 school with a chip on its shoulder. No doubt, some good attorneys come out of Widener and do well but if you have other options, I would exercise them.

My 2 cents

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: February 2006 Florida Bar Results
« on: April 18, 2006, 07:56:11 AM »
a leading indicator of 2006 college football success?


Born again? (ouch)


From Jappy to Happy!

Thanks guys.

I very much understand that it will mostly involve grunt work and that I will be the lowest on the totem pole.  But here are my thoughts:

1) I don't have any legal experience whatsoever and this job will expose me to the day-to-day procedures of litigation/filing court docs/etc.

2) I will allow me to make some contacts in the Tallahassee legal community at a top firm.

3) It will allow me to move to a completely new area ahead of time (might be able to buy a condo/home), which bodes well for my case for residency.

I think it wouldn't hurt for a couple of months considering these circumstances. I am not making a lateral career move here.  Any thoughts?

Choosing the Right Law School / Runner - what is the role in a firm?
« on: April 14, 2006, 09:41:57 AM »
Can anyone offer a typical job description and/or comments on the position. Would it be worth doing over the summer? I am sure it won't pay much more than McDonald's, but I am willing to leave my salary position early because I have never worked in a legal environment and want to move to Tallahassee early (buying a place); it seems like these are the only positions I will be able to get considering I'm pre-law, have no legal experience, and will only be working a few months.

Trogdor, right on. If only the world were wholly rational.  You're right, we really shouldn't focus on this and we've let our inexperience and naivete overemphasize it.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: what to do?
« on: April 12, 2006, 07:31:12 AM »
I picked number 1 as I believe at this point it's easier to assume that the other schools will not pan out. This way, there won't be any unnecessary stress or let down. Assume you'll be going to FSU, which I think is a great option unless you want to be in NE. In the event something changes with these other schools, address it then.

Also, we have nearly identical numbers but I was not offered a scholarship on the first go round.  Do you have any insight here? And by the way, pay attention to posts regarding residency transfer if you haven't.  There is some uncertainty causing concern for much of us, but I am hopeful it'll work itself out. I am not looking back on FSU.


Thanks for your comments; they certainly make sense in regards to attending a Tier 4 school. I suppose if one is attending a tier 4 school both a high gpa/high class rank will be paramount.  In my case, I am evaluating FSU (now ranked 53). I got some more perspective on the curve and believe it to be helpful. If one is choosing between two schools in which everything is pretty much equal save the curve, then strongly consider it. However, in general if you are attending a school with strong employment stats (e.g. FSU has 85% employed at grad, 98% employed within 6 mos.) do not fret because you'll be able to display classr ank next to GPA and it likely will make sense to those hiring.

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