seancris wrote:Unless you want to stay in Florida, don't go to UF. Everything I've heard indicates that the degree is non-portable, and that its real stength lies in a loyal hiring alumni base which is almost exclusively in FL.
W&L sounds like the way to go.
BTW I think your W&L is high annd the UF number is possibly low. The CoA numbers on law school websites are almost always exaggerated. If you're willing to live frugally, you can likely cut thousands out of your CoL expenses over the three years. In regards to UF being low, you've got to account for continued tuition increases. 21k next year is confirmed (rather than the 18k it is today), with possible 15% increases annually. It seems like UF has increased their tuition by 15% a year each year for the last four years or so... it would probably be unwise to not account for another 15% increase 2L year.
Not really sure why you are considering UF to be the "safe bet," either. That CoA isn't particularly low, and you know from living in Florida that the economy and legal market is shit here.
How did you get the UF tuition # for next year? 15% is ridic, but from being a UF undergrad that doesn't surprise me at all. I have been attempting to figure out what kind of tuition increases I will see at UF, but have had no luck, so thank you. I am not necessarily saying I won't stay in FL though, it's just not my first choice. I have asked for more money, so I will see how that comes back, because it's certainly a factor.
And FWIW I think the W&L number is high as well but I just like to be safe. I generally agree that the websites give high numbers, and they account for expenses that I won't have to worry about.