RUQRU wrote:Vincent Vega wrote:Cestjustemoi wrote:I wish there was a good law school in Orlando, it's my favorite city.
If either UF or FSU had its law school in Orlando, it would have been a top contender for me. And not just because of Disney World.
I live near Orlando, and I am at starting FAMU Fall 2010. As a non-trad (i.e. older) student I cannot afford either a private school or to move to another city. My job requires that I stay in the area. I think the recent changes, new faculty and new Administration will have a positive impact.
FWIW, I am not a minority, except for age, and I think some of the comments on this forum, not this thread, are borderline racist toward HBCs. Yes FAMU only has a 52% bar passage rate now. This is much lower than FIU, which the FL Legislature approved at the same time in 2000. But the school is moving in the right direction. They received full ABA accreditation last June. As another poster mentioned, as a state college the FL Legislature will not let FAMU fail.
Also, the school has a new building right next to the US District Court House in Orlando. A very nice facility by the way. For less than the cost of one year at another TTT private school you can get a law degree at FAMU! Since I have no ambitions to work in "big law" I am sure it will me my needs.
Once I start in the fall I'll post my impressions.
For me, location and the ~$5,000 /yr part-time tuition make it the only choice that would allow me to go to law school. Time will tell.
Good luck, man. But, really, at days end, TLS isn't trying to steer you wrong; they're giving you solidadvice, albeit in a seemingly meanspirited way. The problem with law is that there is too many ppl vying for the same jobs and so, like any other field that has too much labor, law defaults to prestige signals to select candidates for the few openings there are.
FAMU won't give you biglaw - you're right - but it may not even give you shitlaw or government opps either. The reality is that going to 4th tier schools in this economy is largely an exercise in futility and debt accumulation (though the latter may not be prohibitvely bad).
We just ask that you think this through before you do what a lot of kids do and plop down 50 or 100k on fabled job prospects.