ChaotiCait wrote:FSU, being in Tallahassee, is the best for government work. While UF is coming down in the rankings, FSU has been moving up. They have a great law school with a great community, I dont know why people are arguing that UF is so much better. There is nothing around UF, eing in Tallahassee offers many opportunities that you would not get otherwise. If you want to work in FL government, FSU is the place to be.
This bothers me, and I don't believe it is entirely true.
UF's alumni base is huge and rabid. If you also look at the numbers, UF has had more alumni in every major political position. I'm a life long resident of the state, am not attending UF or FSU for undergrad (though i was accepted), but may attend one of the two for Law School. I can understand that many think just because FSU is in near the State's Capitol that it means that you have better placement in government. I challenge this position.
Here are some numbers:
Florida Governors that are/were UF Alumni: 10 (Reubin Askew, C. Farris Bryant, Lawton Chiles, Bob Graham, Spessard Hollard, Charley Johns, Buddy MacKay, Daniel MacCarty, Wayne Mixon, and Fuller Warren)
Florida Governors that are/were FSU Alumni: 2 (Reubin Askew and Charlie Crist. However, neither went to FSU for law. Askew attened UF for law school, and Crist atteneded Cumberland Law at Samford)
UF Alumni: 44
FSU Alumni: 10
Members of United States Congress:
UF Alumni: 39 House Members, 2 Senators
FSU Alumni:8 House Members, 2 Senators
UF 2008 Placement Statistics:
66% Private Practice
19% Government or Judicial Clerkships
8% Public Interest or Academic
8% Business Industry
(76% Remained in Florida)
Despite searching, I could not find FSU's Placement Statistics. Although I would be happy to see them added, as I would love to see how they compare to UF's.
To finish, I'm not trying to say that overall UF is a better law school than FSU. I believe that UF is a better law school for some, and FSU is better for others. It is subjective. I also understand that the number of Alumni that have gone on to become Governor, Congressional member, or a Federal Judge is not telling of your personal success in law school. However, I believe these statistics do challenge the notion that FSU is entirely better than UF if you are interested in going into government work. I think it is pretty clear that UF has a more established Alumni and a more storied history of producing big names in the state of Florida. I hate to type that, too. I went to a VERY LARGE, yet un-prestigious school here in Florida for undergrad and I am not the kind of person who pre-hypes prestige. But, It's clear that UF has more history and a more established track record that FSU.