first off, thank you for taking questions.
how do you like the city of Tallahassee?
why do you think that FSU's biglaw stats are comparably much lower than university of miami's? (we've heard a lot of thoughts on this, but not specifically a students opinion)
what is your favorite part about FSU law?
do you see FSU having a not-so competitive atmosphere (ive heard this is the case)
why are you glad you chose FSU over maybe some of the other (possibly florida) options that you had?
Tallahassee is the most perfect city in Florida for being in law school. Obviously the reasoning behind this is the sheer # of law firms in this city, # of lobbying firms, the 1st DCA, FL Supreme Ct, Capitol, and the list goes on. If you want to find employment it is here for the taking. I come from Gainesville, FL so this is a much bigger city for me. The nightlife is on a bigger scale (more options) and the people are much more of a mixed-bag (age/race/you name it).
My personal opinion on the BigLaw stats has solely to do with the student's choice. In other words, kids who want to do BigLaw will typically choose Miami over FSU thereby pumping up Miami's stats. The location of UM obviously has a large part to do with this as well. If you want to do BigLaw you will not be hindered in your efforts to do so by going to FSU, this I can assure you. Being in the top of your class at most top schools will give you the opportunity to apply to BigLaw if that's your gig.
And finally the question I've really been waiting for.. MY favorite part about FSU. Coming to FSU law I was worried sick about how difficult law school was gonna be and how it would be the death of my social life (which I treasure). So it was a great surprise to me to see how completely wrong I was. Don't get me wrong law school is not a walk in the park, BUT Florida State Law makes that walk FUN. That's right, it wasn't a typo, I think FSU law is fun. This is because FSU has an amazing Student Bar Association (SBA of the year for 2008) that throws socials (all the time, sometimes themed) that everyone is invited to, you get to meet your classmates outside of class and enjoy yourself some. I have made a ton of friends who party hard and study harder. Everyone in my classes are cordial to one another and there is a relaxed atmosphere that can not be described till you get here. If you want to hide books in the library, FSU is not for you.
The not-so-competitive atmosphere is my 2nd favorite thing about FSU. The professors are sometimes downright hilarious (I'm not sure I have ever laughed as much as I have in law school) and are SUPER approachable. The kids around you will email you their notes if your sick. It sounds like something from a movie, but everyone here is drinking the kool-aid I guess.
Let's put it this way, I chose FSU over UF (even though both my parents were UF law grads) and have been so happy with my decision I wanted to join TLS so tell others why they should do the same. I had everyone telling me that UF is the better school, ranked higher, blah blah. While UF's rank is higher today I can almost guarantee FSU will surpass UF rank in the next 5 years. Here's why: Age and Alumni. UF is a far older school, meaning it has more alumni that give more and place more jobs. With every year that passes FSU has been climbing the ranks while UF remains stale and in place. If you are going solely on USN rank, you will chose UF, but if you take into account a few of the intagibles I have tried to spell out here, then I will be seeing you next fall at the 1st social.
Hope this will suffice!