delusional wrote: beach_terror wrote: delusional wrote:
risktaker wrote:Thanks for the comments. bump
I have a friend who was strongly encouraging me to go to a T2 over schools in the T14. He had really good numbers, but he didn't get Penn and he didn't want to move to any of the peer-school areas. He ended up at a school ranked in the eighties, that traditionally does very well for its top 5%. He's in the top 5%, and has a SA at a V20, and now he evangelizes for his choice. I have another friend (1L) who made a similar choice, and also seems to be in the top 10% - but I'm not sure if that will be enough for him.
The people I know in real life seem to belie the TLS assumption that "you don't know you'll do better at a worse school."
Villanova or Rutgers-Camden I'm guessing. Must be Rutgers, typically the top 10% at Nova is safe for biglawl.
Nova? You can't be serious. I'm from Florida (and applied to a couple FL lawl schools as backups). The uniform thing that I heard from all my family lawyer friends and legal employers is: UF, UM, FSU are ok if you do well, but avoid St. Thomas, Nova, Barry, Ave Maria, no matter how much money they give you. If you look up FL firms, you'll see the occasional Nova grad partner (invariably summa cum laude, Editor in Chief of Law Review, President of Moot Court), but you have to be the king of the mountain. In this legal market, and hell the legal market of the entire 2000s even I wouldn't go to Nova. There are unemployed UM/UF grads in the top 20% of their class. It's rough out there. I wouldn't go to UM unless I got at least a 3/4 scholarship and lived with my parents. I can't even imagine what Nova would have to give me. Maybe a brand new car and a house.
No offense intended, but the Florida legal market is less than stellar (as everywhere I guess, though I hear estates & trusts are hot). I could be convinced to go to a T2 on a large sum of money, but not a TTT. I'm sure there are extremely intelligent people there, but top 10% is far from a guarantee. I guess it's ok if you're a local. My mother almost went to Nova Law, but she had 10 years of work experience in the healthcare industry, very solid connections, and a spouse with a stable job. Can't in good conscience recommend it for someone without very strong local connections, work experience, and definitely an employed partner.