This thread has so many throwbacks
1. NorB foundations
2. Kapital posting about economics (lol)
3. Taxguy (whose posts are actually quite good, although maybe a little sugarcoated, but that's completely understandable because he's an actual professional)
With that said, NOVA actually has a reputation as a real law school (even if only locally, and just an okay
one) whereas Coastal is looked at as the Madoff of educational institutions. But understand, OP, in this economy there are a very small number of circumstances in which going to either school would not be a very regrettable decision. A recent article
just showed how in 2010 there were .49 jobs opening up for every law school graduate. Those numbers are disproportionately going to affect the lower end schools like NOVA.
Consider this: If you go to NOVA your pecking order in the only market available to you is roughly something like this
1. Graduates from the T-14 who want to go to Miami
2. Any other upscale T-1 with contacts
5. FSU kids with contacts
Semantics of the exact order aside, it's going to be very
difficult to find legal work on your own merit. That leaves you the option of either finishing at the very very top of your class (not probable, no offense) and actually getting hired by a big firm or somehow winning the networking lottery (again, unlikely) and maybe getting hired by a faithful alum. There's a real good chance you'll end up doing something you can do with your undergrad degree 3 years later and a lifetime of 1,200$ a month loan payments.
If you have a good
reason to be going to law school ("I'm GOING to beat the odds and fulfill my dreams!" does not count) then sure, all this is for naught. For instance, if you're positive you know a firm that would hire you upon graduation, or your parents are paying for it, then maybe. Although the latter I would still call a bad investment.
It's really worth sitting down, looking at the reality of the situation completely apart from your dreams and expectations and desires, and scare yourself. Seriously, freak yourself out for a little while. Understand that the worst case scenario is also by far the most likely scenario.