sublime wrote:Thanks, Nova. That is exactly what I meant. The employment scores are not that different (FIU, Miami are higher than UF, while Nova is like .8 lower.
My pet theory is that UF is hurt by being the only one not near a city. At all. Gainesville is in the middle of nowhere. And as you said, the actual jobs seem to be slightly better from UF, but it doesn't seem like any school in the state has a meaningful shot at biglaw anyway.
I just find it interesting that the general forum attitude seems to be that UF/FSU are alright, whereas FIU, Stetson, Nova, and to a lesser extent, Miami are shit, and I just don't see that huge of a difference.
There are four major differences.
First is the COA, although FIU is a state school and thus, an affordable option. Nova and UM are a rip off.
Second, employment prospects. FIU & Nova have basically no shot at "FL biglaw" firms and only a slightly better shot at any other firms paying well.
Third, reach. Nova & FIU grads are confined to South FL (not necessarily a bad thing, because pretty much everywhere else in FL sucks). UF & FSU can
reach into all South FL markets and certain others (i.e., Atlanta). ***
Last, education. Everyone I know who has transferred from Nova to FSU has said what a difference in education they are receiving.
*** As an FSU student wanting to practice in South Florida, I've found myself in a predicament I did not anticipate. Outside of biglaw opportunities, which are limited to begin with, FSU does not flood the South FL market. You know what schools do flood the South FL market? UM & Nova (and going forward, potentially FIU). That's the reality. TLS rhetoric & FSU's acclaim always made me feel like I would be a sure-shot over Nova and UM grads when applying to South Florida firms -- unfortunately, that's not the case. The FSU brand is diluted down here because of the surplus of UM/Nova networks.
Just some food for thought. Of course, I don't regret choosing the FSU route. I've paid less, received a better education, and in the long-run, will perceptibly benefit. I also have more opportunity overall. But yeah, that's the South FL caveat to attending FSU (and maybe UF).