Shooter wrote:Someone should add that the current Senator-elect of Florida went to Miami. The current attorney general went to Stetson. Good thing TLS wasn't around in the 90's to tell these people how hopelessly pathetic their lives were going to be in ten years. I understand that not everyone with a JD from a Florida law school becomes successful, but this T6 or bust mentality is a little extreme (even in today's job market).
Holy unrepresentative sample batman. The mayor of LA went to the unaccredited People's College of Law located in one office above a sandwich shop. That doesn't mean most alum from PCoL are successful.
Further, most attorneys at mid/small sized Florida firms are alumni of FL schools. But that doesn't mean most alumni of FL schools get jobs in the legal market.
I know the Florida market well. I worked there and have several friends in school and in firms there. The Florida market IS very insulated; that much is true. It's also over saturated. Shit, we even have a school (Ave Maria) created by the guy that founded Domino's Pizza solely to push his political ideology. Plus the market pays like shit. If you know you want to work in Florida, UF or FSU with instate tuition is a safe bet. If you want to work in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and get a decent scholarship at UM, then that's another option. If you want to work in the Tampa area and get a big scholarship at Stetson, it might be worth considering. Again, keep in mind that those degrees are NOT very portable. Not even that portable within the state.
Nothing else in Florida is worth going to, in my honest opinion. Seriously. I hear from friends at Barry and St. Thomas that almost no one has a job lined up. And if you do have a job lined up, the FL market pays terribly. Midsized firms start at 45-60k. Assistant prosecutors/public defenders start at $35k in South Florida, where CoL is fairly high. THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR.
If you take out loans to cover the full cost of tuition at a non-instate school, you'll be paying $1100-1500 per month for 10 years to pay them off. Do the math.