I just joined, and as a S FL resident I wanted to share my thoughts about St. Thomas...
I live in Broward COunty (About 10 miles away), and yesterday in major traffic it took me 30 minutes to get to school. I would NOT live in the vicinity of the school. however, if you pick close to the major highways (75, FL Turnpike or 95) you can live further away than you might think and get there pretty quickly. GIve up the thought of living near the beach - too costly and too far - the east west highways still leave you about 15 - 20 minutes on a good day from the beach.
Yesterday was law preview day, and I must say I really had a great time. Do a google search on Benton Becker - he is the COn 1 and 2 prof. He was such a nice down to earth person, then when I googled him at home I was astounded by his background. Judge David Levy of the 3rd district appelate court is a p/t prof who says he is going f/t next year - again, great credentials and seems like a genuinely nice person. Bob Butterworth and George Sheldon - the dean and his asst were very warm and friendly - I can really go on and on. The students I spoke with said that Butterworth has major plans for this school and the President of the University is more than happy to oblige.
They told us that their main objective is for us to graduate and pass the bar - none of this "Look to your left,look to your right - only one of you will graduate" attitude.
They hired their 2003 Valedictorian for the position of Academic support - they have workshops for each class from the getgo on how to brief, outline, etc. If you don't take it the first semester and do poorly, they require that you take the support the second semester.
Anyway, I was very impressed. Yes it is a very small school , but Dean Butterworth is extremely respected in the state, and whenever I mention to my friends that he is there the general consensus is "WOW".
If you need anymore info - please let me know and I can try and answer any questions!!