Advice on which law school...

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Advice on which law school...

Postby capnb » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:31 pm

If anybody has some helpful advice on whether or not to apply to the following schools (not whether to go to law school at all), please let me know.
My stats are 2.79 with a very strong upward trend (due to illness), and LSAT scores of 160, 160, 153. I went to a top 50 undergrad and have very strong recommendations, essay, and employment history.

FL- University of Miami, Stetson University, Florida International University

CA- Santa Clara University, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, Chapman University, California Western, Whittier

Other- University of Denver, Michigan State University, University of Hawaii, Indiana University- Indianapolis, University of New Mexico (Probably will attend a FL or CA school though)

I already have employment in Florida lined up, and I can afford to go to any of these schools. Thanks!

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby 2Serious4Numbers » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:36 pm

if you already have a fl job then go to the cheapest school in fl and stay there. ITE take what you can get

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby ran12 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:41 pm

Go to Miami if you wanna stay in FL.

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby capnb » Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:55 pm

Yeah, I think University of Miami or Stetson University would be my best bet. I'm not sure how good FIU prepares you... but $15k is hard to beat (versus the other schools I can get into).

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby uwgbluedevil » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:07 pm

I have heard some good things about FIU, but if Miami limits you to South Florida, then i imagine that FIU would probably limit you to Miami itself, at least until you have established yourself.

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby capnb » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:56 pm

I'll go visit UM and FIU to get a feel. I'm from Florida so I don't mind staying in Miami. I've spoken with a couple highly successful attorneys who were adamant that once you enter practice, nobody cares or even asks where you went to law school (very different from the typical TLSer opinion). Of course, I'm not very interested in joining a large firm (where ranking is more important), and I'll probably open a practice or join a small firm after I graduate.

Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby bk1 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:15 pm

2Serious4Numbers wrote:if you already have a fl job then go to the cheapest school in fl and stay there. ITE take what you can get


This and nothing else comes even close.

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby capnb » Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:39 pm

bk1 wrote:
2Serious4Numbers wrote:if you already have a fl job then go to the cheapest school in fl and stay there. ITE take what you can get


This and nothing else comes even close.


Pretty strange grammar...not sure what you're trying to say.

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby bk1 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:41 pm

capnb wrote:Pretty strange grammar...not sure what you're trying to say.


I am agreeing with the quoted poster and saying that your other options aren't even worth considering in comparison.

You have a job in Florida lined up after graduation. It won't matter where you go to school considering you have that job already lined up, grab the biggest scholarship you can and try to get the stipulations removed from it. Since you already have a job, minimizing debt is the key thing to do now.

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby capnb » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:17 pm

I see, I wasn't sure if you were saying the quoted poster was wrong and everyone else was wrong or if the quoted poster was right and everyone else was wrong.

Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure if I agree that nothing else matters other than tuition if you have a job lined up, but I see your point.

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Re: Advice on which law school...

Postby bk1 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:18 pm

capnb wrote:Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure if I agree that nothing else matters other than tuition if you have a job lined up, but I see your point.


With the schools you are considering, tuition is all that matters at this point. None of the schools are good enough to open any additional doors for you. What will change things down the road is that first job you have and how well you do at it.




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