I respectfully will disagree with you. I went last week, and the campus is right in a corporate park across from a large local Progressive Insurance office. Additionally, in the same office park as the Cooley campus in Riverview is where a telecommunications company headquarters is located. I would consider it a business district.
Regarding the mall comment, Brandon mall is 5 minutes away which is a reasonable suburban type mall (also has an apple store and mid range stores). Also, a 20min drive to tampa along the crosstown expressway will bring you to international plaza which is a huge mall (boss store, apple, nordstrom, a hundred or so other high end stores).
Cooley chose the location mainly because of the large alumni base, and with several million people in the tampa bay area theres only one law school- until Cooley opened.
Yes, FL has 12 law schools with Cooley. However, compare to TX, NY, IL, VA, CA and several other states with larger populations. It's not that uncommon. The alumni are very supportive, and that's definitely a good thing being a student here. Make reasonable comparisons and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
And YES, it's in the "Tampa Bay area."
Riverview is NOT a business district! Riverview is a small area of mostly old people and trailor parks. Shame on the ABA for allowing another law school in FL which already has TOO MANY ATTORNEYS and is getting an overloaded legal market.
Riverview is not even close to a beach and about an hour away from any decent mall. IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE and their weather is a good 5 to 10 degrees colder than the Tampa area
Riverview is outside of the Tampa Bay area
Stetson is in the Tampa Bay area
There is no reason to go to Cooley/Riverview hen you can go to Barry, Ave Maria, St. Thomas, Nova, FL International, FL Coastal.....
FL coastal is a big Cooley competitor and Cooley loses a lot of students to them.
Shame on the ABA for doing this to Florida and the students that go to schools there whose degrees will now drop in value but rise in cost thanks to an oversupply -and thus lowering of demand - for attorneys in FL.