If you wouldn't mind living in North Florida, I would recommend FCSL, the school has very good placement there. They also have a better program than most people on this board would make it seem (ex. they have the 2nd highest bar passage rate in the state of Florida, only behind UF). If you absolutely want to practice in Minnesota though, Hamline is DEFINITELY the way to go.
Actually, not to quibble with you, but FSU has had the highest first time taker's bar passage rate 5 out of the last 10 tests. And that's including last summer's bar passage rate. Its actually a common misconception that UF does the best on the bar, when in fact, they don't.
Yeah, I was even wondering about that, because FSU has been mentioning that it's been first in 2 of the last 3 bar exams (2006 and 2007, Florida Coastal being 2005)
UF Law enjoys a lot of prestige simply because it's associated on the whole with UF, which is engrained in the Floridian consciousness as our own Harvard or whatever.
I wish we had someone from Jax who could comment on this school's placement there. All I know is that it doesn't place in Tampa. We don't even know it exists here, and there's so much competition for jobs from not only UF and FSU, but then Stetson. And you'd run into similar problems in markets such as Orlando and Miami. There are 10 law schools in Florida (I had no idea there were that many until I just read it), which is pretty high for our state. When you consider then even if you attended a top state university you're also competing with people that attend top schools out of state... I'd be wary of attending any school where your job prospects coming out were so narrow. If you want to practice in Jacksonville and maybe jalex can go into more detail for you about how Florida Coastal places, then it might not be that risky of a choice, but since I only will advise based off what I know, I'll just say choose with caution.
Funny you should say that because I am from Jacksonville actually, FCSL has a pretty good reputation within the city and decent placement. While Biglaw will be a stretch, I did find some people who had made it, I would say the majority of graduates end up in Small to Midlaw or working for the government. Here are some examples of successful alumni that I found when I was researching the school a few months ago (Holland & Knight is a pretty well respected V100 firm that has a strong presence in Florida and participates in FCSL's OCIs) and an example of a couple alums who started their own firm:http://www.hklaw.com/id77/biosKLDEGANC/http://www.hklaw.com/id77/biosRERIVA/http://www.jmnewman.com/index.html
Don't get me wrong though, you will still face strong competition for the more prestigious positions in Jacksonville:http://www.hklaw.com/id77/biosZRPOTTER/
...not to mention the many UF & FSU grads that will be out looking for jobs in the region.