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FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« on: April 18, 2005, 04:24:59 PM »
At this point, my objective is to practice in South Florida.  My first choice has always been Miami, and I am now on their waitlist.  Based upon information floating around, it looks like my chances for admission there are minimal.  I am now moving forward under the assumption that I will ultimately be rejected.  I came to grips with this and came to the conclusion that I will go to Nova and network my ass of to get a decent job as many people I know who work in this market have done.

Things got complicated a bit today when I learned of my acceptance to FSU.  Assuming that I can get in state tuition my last two years ( I live in NY now), it looks like a great option.  My concern is that my best employment options will be in North Florida.  I went to UF and know for a fact that I do not want to end up in Jax, Orlando, Tampa, etc. 

Does anyone have any quality information and opinions on what my employment chances will be at good firms in South Florida coming from FSU and Nova?  I am looking at law school as a means to an end, so really the quality and location of opportunities are by far my most important decision criteria.  Any help that anyone can provide is greatly appreciated...

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2005, 04:29:27 PM »
without a DOUBT FSU.  Nova Southeastern does not get nearly the respect FSU has in south FLA.  This isn't to say that Nova grads don't do well, but FSU is considerably better.  Also, you certainly can come back down to south Florida from Tallahassee.  My cousin did, and he now is doing very well. 

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2005, 04:30:40 PM »
At this point, my objective is to practice in South Florida.  My first choice has always been Miami, and I am now on their waitlist.  Based upon information floating around, it looks like my chances for admission there are minimal.  I am now moving forward under the assumption that I will ultimately be rejected.  I came to grips with this and came to the conclusion that I will go to Nova and network my ass of to get a decent job as many people I know who work in this market have done.

Things got complicated a bit today when I learned of my acceptance to FSU.  Assuming that I can get in state tuition my last two years ( I live in NY now), it looks like a great option.  My concern is that my best employment options will be in North Florida.  I went to UF and know for a fact that I do not want to end up in Jax, Orlando, Tampa, etc. 

Does anyone have any quality information and opinions on what my employment chances will be at good firms in South Florida coming from FSU and Nova?  I am looking at law school as a means to an end, so really the quality and location of opportunities are by far my most important decision criteria.  Any help that anyone can provide is greatly appreciated...


FSU mainly employs in mid-nothern FL.They're attempting to expand their placements, and they've revamped their career office. However,I wouldn't expect any dramatic changes in the next year or two. But it's only 7k instate and that's hard to beat.  :)

 Nova doesn't have a very strong local rep. and unless you're in the top 20% of the class, you'll be hard pressed to find a job upon graduation. Can it be done? Sure. But keep in mind how many people come in thinking that they'll be at the top of their class if they just try hard enough. Do you want to take that risk?

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2005, 04:34:09 PM »
Both are very good points...thanks.  Do either of you know how difficult it is to gain in state residency as a grad student.  I know in undergrad at UF it was possible, but very difficult.  Will it be easier now considering I'm 30 and my parents haven't claimed me as a dependent for almost 10 yrs?

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2005, 04:38:56 PM »
Well I'm a Manhattanite so no plates to change, but I'll have to do the driver's license thing right away.  Any chance of getting it from year one?

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2005, 04:41:21 PM »
Well I'm a Manhattanite so no plates to change, but I'll have to do the driver's license thing right away.  Any chance of getting it from year one?

If you want to move down here a year early, sure.  ;D If not,it's probably impossible.

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2005, 04:43:09 PM »
that's what i thought, but worth the question.

Thanks for all the advice...

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2005, 06:07:27 PM »
I actually enjoyed this post. I am in kind of a sticky situation.
I spent 8 yrs in the military and because of that, If I go to Southern Illinois University I would get at least 2 years tuition paid. However, I do not want to spend the rest of my life in Illinois and have been looking at NOVA southeastern. I haven't started applying yet, don't start until this fall but If I can score as well  on the LSAT as I have been then I will be fine probably. I am the type of guy that hates to waste time or money. And even if I did get into NSU Law, I don't know how I would afford it. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2005, 06:12:36 PM »
fsu, all the way.  by the way, what are your numbers?  i have been accepted to miami but held at fsu.  at this point, i wouldn't take fsu over miami, but i am still interested to find out.

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Re: FSU vs. Nova SE for South Florida Placement
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2005, 07:11:52 PM »
FSU by all means. 

But do not give your hope for UM yet.  I think many people with ties to South Florida use UM as a safety and eventually will enroll in other schools outside the state.  I gave up my seat last week. 

They should be calling people on the waitlist soon, I think.