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Since it sounds like you have the money for it, sign him up for an intensive LSAT class. It'll really help. His options would be much more open if he makes a 162 or 163 than if he makes sub 160. UF and FSU just get more respect and they're significantly cheaper. I actually think it borders on crazy to go to a Florida school outside of one of those two. Plus UF has a nationally recognized tax program and it sounds like thats what he's interested in.

I imagine many UF and FSU grads do do this kind of work. But they're paying about $12,000 a year for tuition whereas Stetson people are paying $30,000 if they're paying full price. It doesn't sound like OP's son is getting any kind of significant scholarship to Stetson. Even if he was, say, getting half tuition scholarship he'd still be playing slightly more to go to a much lower ranked school. Might well be a better choice to go there than Miami at full price, I agree with that. And maybe if he can go to Stetson for half price and didn't get into FSU or UF but really wants to be a lawyer, any kind of lawyer, it is worth it.

$7,000 a year more isn't all that much. Full price at a tier 3 school in an economy like this seems very risky. While Stetson may be well regarded in its immediate area, what kind of jobs are the students getting? D.A.'s and P.D.'s, and small firms I'd imagine, all of which generally pay below $40,000 to start. If he can swing a pretty decent scholarship it might be worth it. Also, how about FSU and Florida? If he can get into Miami, he's at least got a shot at these two which seem to be a better value than either Stetson or Miami.

No doubt. Once could of course do a rankings system based on regions or states or even cities. For example, Atlanta might be something like this:

1. Harvard, Yale, Standford
2. Emory, UG, Vanderbilt + other T14's
3. Georgia State, Mercer, other good Southern schools (Alabama, Florida, UNC, W & M, W & L, Wake Forest, Tulane)
4. Lower-ranked Southeastern schools
5. everything else

But my original ranking is more for just national lay perception.

Sure, regionalism matters a lot. For example, I've heard Cornell is highly regarded in the Northeast, but most people don't know it in the South.

What do "regular people" (let's say college educated people who have never attended a law school) think are the best law schools?

1. Harvard
2. Yale
3. Stanford
... (big drop off)
4. Columbia
5. Georgetown
6. Berkeley
7. Duke
8. Notre Dame
9. Vanderbilt
10. Michigan
11. NYU
12. Cornell
13. UPenn
14. UCLA
15. USC
16. Virginia
17. Northwestern
18. Texas
19. Emory
20. GW
21. Chicago
22. BC?
23. BU?
24. UNC?
25. W & M?
26. Washington U.?
27. Tulane?
28. Wisconsin?
29. Minnesota?
30. W & L? American?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: transfer students and LOR's
« on: June 07, 2010, 05:25:51 PM »

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: transfer students and LOR's
« on: May 29, 2010, 10:38:36 AM »
All my classes are 90+ students and I don't participate much. I could go to a prof and say "Hey, I got an 'A' in your class, will you write me an LOR?" but I don't it would be very good... I'm probably not going to transfer anyway, but would like to know if anyone knows any other schools that don't require a letter from a current law prof.

Choosing the Right Law School / transfer students and LOR's
« on: May 27, 2010, 09:16:18 AM »
Any top law schools not require LOR's from a current law school professor for transfer students? I think George Washington doesn't require any LOR's. Anyone know of any others?

I'm hoping a current Tulane student can help me.  I got accepted to Tulane and plan to pursue a public-interest career.  I don't plan to stay in new orleans after I graduate, but I hope to gain experience in the local community (i.e. orleans public defender's office) while I am a student.  Based on Tulane's reputation, what are my job prospects in attaining a job at a public defender's office or other public interest org. outside of Louisiana, in for example Seattle?  Also, since Louisiana practices Civil Law, will my skills be transferrable or will it lower my chances in securing employment in a different state (common law)?  

I know Tulane has good national reputation across the states, but does this only apply for BigLaw/private firms?  Does this reputation carry over for those pursuing public-interest careers?  

A lot of questions, but it will help me in making my decision on where to attend.  Thanks for the help!

Side note:  I'm choosing between tulane, maryland, and northeastern.  The latter two are  strong in public interest, but I believe they are more regional. 

You can take Common law track so don't worry about that. No idea how Tulane places in the Northwest. I think Maryland and Northeastern are more regional. I imagine being able to talk about how you've volunteered and helped rebuild NOLA will look better to public interest folks than having attended Maryland or Northeastern and done nothing in particular.

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