Rachel,Fortunately you aren't Werbz and therefore you might not take that advice.So you don't want to do BigLaw. That's fine. Heck, a lot of people don't (myself included). However, that's hardly a reason to pass up a good school for one that's, well, questionable. FIU may move past provisional, and may be a great school in ten years, but then again it might not. Either way, how many times in your life will you go to lawschool?More importantly, if you don't want to do BigLaw, what do you want to do? Because contrary to common misperception, there are a lot of other areas of law that are just as competitive - govt., prosecutor's offices, even respected public interest firms and groups. Unless you want to work in the barrio at a no-name corner legal clinic, it may take that better education to get in the door. And even if you do want to work at that corner clinic, if you truly are doing it just to help people, then you should make sure you have the best education possible.If you were choosing between Miami and a solid tier three I would maybe say take the money. FIU seems like a gamble. I know it'll be a challenge, but you'll do it. Also, check with Finaid. Assuming you're confident in your abilities, there may be possibility of getting merit aid after your first year if you're ranking well.
Probably with your child starting their first year of elementary school, it would be better to defer at both schools. During this year, you could work and save money and even retake the LSAT for a better score and hope for Miami to provide you with $$$. just my 2cents.
Don't listen to someone with the following stats:-------------------------Accepted: ZERO!Rejected: None! Pending: A LOT