How do you find the atmosphere at UF?
Well, what do you mean by "atmosphere?"
You know, how people act towards each other, how competitive it is, how the professors are, how useful the admin is, that sort of stuff.
Well, you're a little late in clarifying!
I was actually surprised in coming to law school at how nice people are. Most people are very friendly--and UF, to be sure, lives up to its reputation as a party school wrt the law school as well as the undergrad.
OTOH, it is competitive, as any law school is. When you are the top law school in the state (just messing with you ninja!), you're bound to have many
smart kids here. One person from my class transferred to Harvard, and two had the opportunity to transfer to Columbia. But it's normally a friendly competition; however, there are unfriendly people as there are at any school.
Most of my professors have been great. Few play "hide the ball," although it happens at times. My complaint is that UF proudly trumpets the fact that they don't teach to the bar. Then, when we had a poor Feb. passage rate, they placed the blame solely on the students. The point of education is (at least partially) to give a practical education. Don't get me wrong, I like the theoretical education, and it's an integral part. But don't be overly proud that your students are smart enough that you don't need to focus on the Bar. That has nothing to do with you as a school, and there should be a higher focus on proper educational outcomes.
The administration is helpful, but I always find administrations to be too slow to adjust with the times. When the economic problems hit, the CSO tried its best but didn't really know what to do. Many students complain about it, but when there are no jobs, it's hard for them to do anything!
I find UF to be a great place. I recommend it, if one has thought carefully about going to law school and he/she wanted to practice in Florida!