FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

(Rankings, Profiles, Tuition, Student Life, . . . )

Which school?

Hofstra ($40,000 top 40%)
0
No votes
St. Johns ($35,000 3.2 stip)
1
7%
FSU (sticker as of now but I am in-state)
5
33%
Chicago-Kent ($20,000 3.0 stip)
3
20%
UF (if I do get accepted and in-state tuition)
6
40%
 
Total votes: 15

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Mattfl88
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FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

Postby Mattfl88 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:48 pm

I have lived in Florida my entire life and have spent some time doing internships in the Florida Legislature and want to continue in public policy, lobbying, government, etc. However, I love the idea of living in a big city and the current political environment in Florida is completely opposite of my views. My sister and her family (2 nephews) live in Long Island very close to Hofstra and St. Johns.

I have not received any money to FSU but would be paying in-state tuition. Tallahassee has a more affordable cost of living than NYC area and Chicago but tuition would be cheaper at the others but if I lose my scholarship, tuition will become ridiculously expensive.

I'm still waiting to hear from UF. I am above their median LSAT but just below their median GPA so I'm still playing the waiting game.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

Postby Fred_McGriff » Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:57 pm

FSU or UF

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Re: FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

Postby keg411 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:01 pm

For now, FSU. UF if you get in.

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Re: FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

Postby fakemoney » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:03 pm

I'm not keenly attuned to the state of the legal market in Florida (I've heard mutterings of it being pretty bad), but off the bat FSU and UF sound like better options. Factoring in COL, they'll wind up being barely more expensive than SJU, Hofstra, and probably Chicago-Kent (if at all). And unlike those schools, FSU and UF are not outranked by a bunch of other regional rivals. Plus you're actually from Florida and, having done in-state internships and such, probably have a better sense of the employment opportunities available.
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Re: FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

Postby snapdragon » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:04 pm

The way it appeared to me (and I know there's variations on this, like Duke/Vandy/Emory/UVA kids targeting FL):

UF and FSU are the two best law schools in a state with a lot of schools. Common wisdom of TLS tells me FSU is better for gvt.

St. Johns and Hofstra are, generously speaking, more like the 8th and 10th best schools in a state with a lot of schools and market that everyone and their mother targets.

Chicago-Kent is in a similar position for Chicago.

You live in FL, don't seem to hate it, and have connections there. The cost of living will be far lower. FSU or UF all the way on this one.

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Re: FSU v. Hofstra (40K) v. St. Johns (35K) v. Chicago-Kent 20K

Postby Mattfl88 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:32 pm

That's what I figured. UF and FSU are the best in Florida and likely will have the best job prospects in three years. I'm leaning FSU simply because the state government is located there.




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