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Stetson University College of Law

Postby FloridaLaw » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:06 pm

I would like to hear from people who go to Stetson and would like to share their feedback about the law school, or from people who go to other schools in Florida and are familiar with Stetson......

e.g Reputation, academic experiences, quality of life...careers...etc...

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby sublime » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:08 pm

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby FloridaLaw » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:11 pm

sublime wrote:Do you want to work in Tampa/Orlando?

Are you from Tampa/Orlando?

Can you go for near free?

What are your goals?

I want to work in Tampa, and got good money from Stetson.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby FloridaLaw » Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:11 pm

sublime wrote:Do you want to work in Tampa/Orlando?

Are you from Tampa/Orlando?

Can you go for near free?

What are your goals?

I want to work in Tampa, and got good money from Stetson.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby Rigo » Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:57 pm

FloridaLaw wrote:
sublime wrote:Do you want to work in Tampa/Orlando?

Are you from Tampa/Orlando?

Can you go for near free?

What are your goals?

I want to work in Tampa, and got good money from Stetson.

You didn't answer the goals question or where you're from, but also please quantify "good money."

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby transferror » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:29 pm

Do you want to work in biglaw?
Do you care about making money?

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby Ron Don Volante » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:33 pm

Not advisable under most circumstances
http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/stetson/2013/

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby BigZuck » Thu Nov 27, 2014 12:46 am

Gotta answer all these questions if you want help in this forum:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=206299

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby zatharus » Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:39 pm

If you have to go Part-Time it's the best choice in Florida, probably the best choice in the Southeast.

(per the most recent USNWR Part Time Program Rankings it was #38 of 80 and I believe the only school in the Southeast ranked)

Otherwise, if you're looking for a Full Time Program UF or FSU are both probably better bets.

That said, I'm a current 1L in the Part Time Program at Stetson, so I may be somewhat biased.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby Kratos » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:00 pm

Ron Don Volante wrote:Not advisable under most circumstances
http://www.lstscorereports.com/schools/stetson/2013/

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby zatharus » Sun Nov 30, 2014 5:09 pm

Which is exactly why I was trying to point out a circumstance where it would be advisable.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby BigZuck » Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:18 pm

zatharus wrote:If you have to go Part-Time it's the best choice in Florida, probably the best choice in the Southeast.

(per the most recent USNWR Part Time Program Rankings it was #38 of 80 and I believe the only school in the Southeast ranked)

Otherwise, if you're looking for a Full Time Program UF or FSU are both probably better bets.

That said, I'm a current 1L in the Part Time Program at Stetson, so I may be somewhat biased.


Why would USNWR rankings matter and why would being 38th out of 80 mean that the school is good?

Come on man

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby zatharus » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:03 pm

"Good" is relative.

38 out of 80 is good when the other options rank worse or aren't even on the list.

USNWR isn't binding authority on anything, but one would be foolish not to recognize it as persuasive.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby Rigo » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:10 pm

zatharus wrote:USNWR isn't binding authority on anything, but one would be foolish not to recognize it as persuasive.

April Fools isn't until springtime.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby BigZuck » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:13 pm

zatharus wrote:"Good" is relative.

38 out of 80 is good when the other options rank worse or aren't even on the list.

USNWR isn't binding authority on anything, but one would be foolish not to recognize it as persuasive.


How is it persuasive?

If given the choice between eating brussels sprouts or eating asparagus I would choose brussels sprouts. But both are gross man, I would go for pizza instead.

Employment is what matters. And the chance of getting employed in a good job when you attend Stetson part time isn't very good. The average person attending that program shouldn't be attending that program.

Anyway, the OP needs to provide much more info if they want help in this subforum.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby zatharus » Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:22 pm

If you have access to pizza, by all means eat pizza.

If the OP is asking about Stetson, he probably doesn't, if we are to continue the metaphor.

But right, without more info we can't say much for sure.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby FloridaLaw » Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:09 pm

zatharus wrote:If you have to go Part-Time it's the best choice in Florida, probably the best choice in the Southeast.

(per the most recent USNWR Part Time Program Rankings it was #38 of 80 and I believe the only school in the Southeast ranked)

Otherwise, if you're looking for a Full Time Program UF or FSU are both probably better bets.

That said, I'm a current 1L in the Part Time Program at Stetson, so I may be somewhat biased.

I would like to know more about the learning experience; quality of professors, facilities, life at St. Pete...So it would be great since you attend Stetson to talk about your experience.
Also they are ranked number 1 for Advocacy; is that ranking translated into the quality of the teaching program?

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby dmarieb » Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:44 pm

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby zatharus » Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:47 pm

The professors are good. They are well versed in the subjects they teach and seem to genuinely care about the students. They are accessible via office hours and will reply to emails- sometimes even on weekends. I can't exactly compare them to professors at other law schools as I've only attended Stetson, but I've nothing but good things to say about them.

The campus is beautiful. The main campus was originally built as a resort and thus is quite posh. There is a pool, gym, all kinds of nice stuff. There is also a satelite campus in Downtown Tampa that offers primarily evening classes and upper division electives. It has a separate law library and shares space with a working court that hears cases on the third floor.

Advocacy is stressed big time as you might expect- there's always a trial team or moot court team or something going on and more often than not they are winning competitions. I'm not really interested in that sorta thing so can't really elaborate on that aspect.

The reputation of Stetson seems to extend well throughout the state. Our alumni include the current Attorney General of Florida and several sitting judges and justices.

The company I work for frequently hires Stetson Grads as attorneys, so that's a plus for me.

It's really only if you go outside of Florida that Stetson's reputation doesn't seem to be so good. Even then, it isn't as if it has a negative reputation, it's just likely people will not have heard of it.

Within the state UF and FSU are certainly regarded more highly. Stetson is usually next on the list along with UM reputation-wise.

Keep in mind Florida is a large state and has LOTS of law schools.

(not sure if you are from Florida, or just planning on practicing here)

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby Lyndsc » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:10 pm

BigZuck wrote:Gotta answer all these questions if you want help in this forum:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=206299


In order to receive the best feedback in this forum, please provide as much of the following information in your original post as possible:

-The schools you are considering
-The total Cost of Attendance (COA) of each. COA = cost of tuition + fees + books + cost of living (COL) + accumulated interest - scholarships. Here is a helpful calculator.
-How you will be financing your COA, i.e. loans, family, or savings
-Where you are from and where you want to work, and other places where you have significant ties (if any)
-Your general career goals
-Your LSAT/GPA numbers
-How many times you have taken the LSAT

I was excited to see this thread because I am considering Stetson. I applied mostly as a throw away/safety school, being first in trial advocacy had caught my attention, but I wasn't seriously considering it until I got my scholarship offer and did some more research on the area. I've been waiting for OP to answer these questions, but that doesn't seem to be happening so I will! :D

- I have applied binding early decision to Duke, I have also applied to Tulane, Emory, Richmond (accepted with the promise of significant scholarship money), and Northeastern.
- I'm not sure of total COA. Tuition is around $38,000 and I was offered a $36,000 per year with the stipulation of maintaining 2.25 GPA.
- I have managed to save some money while working through college (just shy of $10,000), but aside from that I will be financing law school entirely in loans.
- I'm from Maine, I have no family ties and no real desire to stay here. I don't particularly care where I live, I'm more of a make the best of it/go with the flow kind of girl as far as that is concerned. I'm excited to move to wherever that may be.
- I plan to go into prosecution.
- I have taken the LSAT once and (at the risk of incurring the wrath of TLS) I don't have the time or desire to take it again. My score was lowish 160's, my GPA is 3.84. I have alright softs, nothing spectacular, I've been working at my County's Distrist Attorney's office since I was 19, I started as an unpaid intern (while working two other jobs and being a full time student) and in just shy of two years I have worked my way up to Victim Witness Advocate, which here is pretty much as high as you can go without being an ADA, I was raised by my Dad (drug addict) and lived in and out of foster homes, and some boring honors. Non-URM.

I like Stetson, I like the area, I like the focus of the school. Thoughts?

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby Kratos » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:28 pm

Lyndsc wrote:
BigZuck wrote:Gotta answer all these questions if you want help in this forum:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=206299


In order to receive the best feedback in this forum, please provide as much of the following information in your original post as possible:

-The schools you are considering
-The total Cost of Attendance (COA) of each. COA = cost of tuition + fees + books + cost of living (COL) + accumulated interest - scholarships. Here is a helpful calculator.
-How you will be financing your COA, i.e. loans, family, or savings
-Where you are from and where you want to work, and other places where you have significant ties (if any)
-Your general career goals
-Your LSAT/GPA numbers
-How many times you have taken the LSAT

I was excited to see this thread because I am considering Stetson. I applied mostly as a throw away/safety school, being first in trial advocacy had caught my attention, but I wasn't seriously considering it until I got my scholarship offer and did some more research on the area. I've been waiting for OP to answer these questions, but that doesn't seem to be happening so I will! :D

- I have applied binding early decision to Duke, I have also applied to Tulane, Emory, Richmond (accepted with the promise of significant scholarship money), and Northeastern.
- I'm not sure of total COA. Tuition is around $38,000 and I was offered a $36,000 per year with the stipulation of maintaining 2.25 GPA.
- I have managed to save some money while working through college (just shy of $10,000), but aside from that I will be financing law school entirely in loans.
- I'm from Maine, I have no family ties and no real desire to stay here. I don't particularly care where I live, I'm more of a make the best of it/go with the flow kind of girl as far as that is concerned. I'm excited to move to wherever that may be.
- I plan to go into prosecution.
- I have taken the LSAT once and (at the risk of incurring the wrath of TLS) I don't have the time or desire to take it again. My score was lowish 160's, my GPA is 3.84. I have alright softs, nothing spectacular, I've been working at my County's Distrist Attorney's office since I was 19, I started as an unpaid intern (while working two other jobs and being a full time student) and in just shy of two years I have worked my way up to Victim Witness Advocate, which here is pretty much as high as you can go without being an ADA, I was raised by my Dad (drug addict) and lived in and out of foster homes, and some boring honors. Non-URM.

I like Stetson, I like the area, I like the focus of the school. Thoughts?

Law school isn't the make the best of it go with the flow kind of thing. Do you have ties to Florida? Otherwise going to Stetson is probably retarded. With that scholly, not even accounting for tuition hikes or interest, you'll probably be in like ~60k of debt, probably more. Why not try to work full time at the DA before going to school and save up more money and be able to retake again? The schools you applied to also make no sense and all only place very regionally (except Duke), but it seems you don't have ties to any of those regions so it'll be hard to get a job, imo. You should really rethink.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby baal hadad » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:37 pm

zatharus wrote:The professors are good. They are well versed in the subjects they teach and seem to genuinely care about the students. They are accessible via office hours and will reply to emails- sometimes even on weekends. I can't exactly compare them to professors at other law schools as I've only attended Stetson, but I've nothing but good things to say about them.

The campus is beautiful. The main campus was originally built as a resort and thus is quite posh. There is a pool, gym, all kinds of nice stuff. There is also a satelite campus in Downtown Tampa that offers primarily evening classes and upper division electives. It has a separate law library and shares space with a working court that hears cases on the third floor.

Advocacy is stressed big time as you might expect- there's always a trial team or moot court team or something going on and more often than not they are winning competitions. I'm not really interested in that sorta thing so can't really elaborate on that aspect.

The reputation of Stetson seems to extend well throughout the state. Our alumni include the current Attorney General of Florida and several sitting judges and justices.

The company I work for frequently hires Stetson Grads as attorneys, so that's a plus for me.

It's really only if you go outside of Florida that Stetson's reputation doesn't seem to be so good. Even then, it isn't as if it has a negative reputation, it's just likely people will not have heard of it.

Within the state UF and FSU are certainly regarded more highly. Stetson is usually next on the list along with UM reputation-wise.

Keep in mind Florida is a large state and has LOTS of law schools.

(not sure if you are from Florida, or just planning on practicing here)

Who cares ab that duder it's all an jobs and cost

Like the second post implied, if you are from Tampa Bay Area and want to work in Tampa Bay Area and tuition is free and you want to work for a small firm or local govt it's not a bad choice

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

Postby zatharus » Mon Dec 01, 2014 3:47 pm

The person that asked cared, or they wouldn't have asked.

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Re: Stetson University College of Law

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