Stay in NJ/NY or go to FL?

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Stay in NJ/NY or go to FL?

Postby Viper0715 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:17 pm

I can go to Rutgers or Seton hall for very cheap, but I'm also in at UF. Im wondering whether I should stay in the NYC metro area, live at home, and try to find a job around here in this market or go to FL. I wouldn't mind living and working in Florida, I don't necessarily have aspirations to be BigLaw, I'm considering environmental law. A firm in Miami would be just fine for me. Any thoughts? Oh, and if you're going to say that any of the schools I listed are not worth going to law school, consider this: regardless of what you think, I am going to law school and no I did not get into a T14 so I'm probably not as smart as you. Just looking for some honest feedback to help me out.

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Re: Stay in NJ/NY or go to FL?

Postby 84Sunbird2000 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:30 pm

If you want Miami law, you might want U of Miami instead of UF. If you got into UF, you could still throw an app at Miami - they give out a lot of 23k/year offers it seems.

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Re: Stay in NJ/NY or go to FL?

Postby mb88 » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:37 pm

UF is a great school. In fact, it's probably the best choice (outside the T14, maybe even the T10) for working in Florida. The alumni network is massive, and you can't look down on being the state's best law school.

It's up to you, but I'd say UF all the way in your situation. In NYC you're going to be competing with dozens of other schools, and you'll be in the shadow of every T14 grad ever. Florida doesn't attract that much T14, and with the exception of mayybbee Vanderbilt, UF is simply top dog state-wide.

(Also, I'm not a UF student trying to pump the school. If anything, I'm one of the UF-haters. :P)

Edit: The above poster makes a good point. You can probably use the UF admission to squeeze money out of Miami. While I don't believe Miami pulls quite the same prestige UF does, a good scholarship could make up for that (and if you plan on working in Miami anyway...)

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