Hi TLSers. I know this thread hasn't had any activity but I wanted to offer a conclusion based on what I've learned regarding this argument in the hope it will benefit TLSers in the future who will no doubt Google "UF Law v. FSU Law".
When choosing between the two cities, Tallahassee wins hands down. There are more law firms, a vibrant downtown, it's the capital of Florida, has the Florida Supreme Court, and an appeals court. I have no doubt that I would be happier living in Tallahassee and going to FSU Law.
According to US News, the schools are virtually the same.
Yet, when I spoke to practicing attorneys, UF reigns supreme and in their minds it is not even close. One attorney at a large firm in Miami on Brickell (South Florida's Wall St. wannabe) told me that FSU accepts a large amount of transfer students skewing their numbers for rankings purposes and everyone knows about it. A partner at a national firm in Ft. Lauderdale told me UF was better "for sure". 2 attorneys at large firms in WPB told me UF by far. Most telling is that when I went to a lawyers function at court house in South Florida, all the FSU Law grads there (I'd say 15-20% out of the attorneys) told me the schools were about the same while the UF Law grads (65%-75% of the attorneys present) told me UF was the best... period.
Essentially, if one has the option to choose between the 2, there is no reason to choose FSU over UF. The only exception would be state government, because even the ADAs I met (prosecutors) were 80% UF.
The undergrad reputation at UF really helps among non-attorneys (ie. potential clients). Much like at Notre Dame where the undergrad school's ranking far exceeds the law school ranking, the overall reputation benefits the law school and holders of its JD.
Regardless of which school you choose (I of course chose UF), what happens in law school and professionally will come down to effort. Going to UF if one plans on practicing law in FL will put a good student in a great position to get a great job. As someone on a hiring committee for a large law firm told me, the first thing they look at is where you went to law school and second is how you did there. Good luck to all current and future TLSers!