gatorgirl2012 wrote:I'm not trying to keep y'all in check, I just don't appreciate the fatalistic advice given on this forum--t14 or bust. I think most people that are smart enough to do their homework, thereby arriving at this site seeking advice to make sense of it all, realize and accept the fact that getting a job out of law school is no easy task and in no way guaranteed.
I stand by my initial remarks, that if you want to stay in S. Florida, minimize debt, and play your cards right, Nova isn't a bad choice. Have I applied there? No. Will I? No. I don't want to practice here because being born and raised here, I'm sick of it lol
And quite frankly, your tearing apart my argument is petty and useless to this OP. just because I didn't state why the market is growing here doesn't mean I didn't arrive at that conclusion without the acknowledgment that we're in a recovery. This is a forum, not a journal. I have a job and as 3L, shouldn't you be occupying your time more productively? Perhaps by tackling the presumably doomed job search? Sorry to be catty, I think it's warranted.
I don't care how you play your cards, Nova is a terrible choice. Their tuition and COA will still put you at or above 100K of debt after 3 years, and the job prospects are just terrible. Nova doesn't even hold OCI for non-LR people until February of 2L. Very few, if any people will get a job paying more than 60K first year coming out of Nova. Florida "big law" and midlaw are cumulatively hiring about 30 people this year. The number has not gone up from the 2011 number. I've interviewed with almost every major firm in south florida this past fall. People who were getting callbacks were top 5% of UF and FSU, and then the T14 kids. As much as I hate to say it, the T14 kids are eating the lunches of all the kids that are going to Florida schools, at least in terms of high paying jobs. Akerman had a reception this summer for T14 kids that wanted to come back to Florida to start work. There were at least 25-30 people. They are the people that will be getting big law in Florida. I hope this doesn't offend, but when Florida firms have a choice between 10% T14 and top 5% UF/FSU, they're gonna go with the T14 kid because it makes the firm look better.
The Nova/UM kids don't even stand a chance.
edit: if you can go to UM/nova for absolutely free (with no stips) and you're not gunning to do biglaw/in house work, go for it. If you have a high paying job lined up for after law school, go for it (I know at least a couple of people going to Nova whose parents are senior partners at decent places, for those kids Nova is a decent choice).
If you don't have family connections that will hook you up and your choices are nova or UM, sit out a year, cram for the lsat, and reapply next year.
best of luck
Also in terms of legal market not coming back to pre-2007 highs:http://biglaw.org/news/6933/us-summer-a ... mbers-drop
while I love florida and it is amazing, outside of the t14 you will have an extremely difficult time finding a job that starts north of 60K a year.