U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby LevinAlum » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:34 am

thewarflamingo wrote:
LevinAlum wrote:
thewarflamingo wrote: I definitely plan to try to come back to TX right out of school, but I think my problem is that I'll be applying for FL residency so I think I pretty much have to work in FL during the summers or at least 1L summer to show that I'm committed to FL, right? If that's the case, it will make things a little harder for me to get back to TX initially, but I'm fine with working in FL for 5-7 years and then moving back to TX eventually. Who knows, I may end up falling in love with FL again, although the heat and humidity are way too much for me to handle sometimes.


Going from UF Law immediately to TX is very doable--I know a number of people from my class that did just that (most of whom came to UF Law from Texas). Do a Martindale Hubbell search of UF Law grads in Texas and you'll see that there's quite a few (even though the Martindale search misses about 80% of practicing attorneys).

You just made my day with this post! :D


Happy to help! I ran a very quick Martindale search of UF Law grads in Texas and it came back with 175 attorneys. And, as I mentioned, most attorneys don't show up on Martindale searches. In the one minute I looked at the results, I saw many of the top TX firms were well-represented, including Haynes & Boone, Andrews Kurth, etc. You can also search by the amount of years in practice, which should give you an idea of what cities and firms young UF Law grads are going to in Texas. You can try the search here: http://www.martindale.com/Find-Lawyers- ... Firms.aspx

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby Barbie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:58 am

GatorStudent wrote:
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haha ahh! My husband is begging me to go check out Stetson with him this week. He told me if I go there he will make sure I don't have to take out a single penny in loans and he will pay off my UG loans so I can graduate completely debt free. I really shouldn't have visited Illinois in January! haha I almost DIED! I'm sad we will probably not end up in the same place though :( No running buddy!


You really need to sit down with your husband and continue to think about how strongly each of you want to stay in Tampa. Is there a stipulation on your Stetson scholarship? If not, and you both are virtually positive that you want to live in the Tampa region, then Stetson sounds like an awesome deal. Even if you decide to leave the Tampa area, you'd be debt-free. Don't underestimate how liberating that is. Even if you're struggling to find a job in other parts of FL (or outside of FL) after graduating from a place like Stetson, it's much less stressful with absolutely no debt than the average law student (such as at UF) that is 50k-100k in debt and also trying to find a job to survive.

At the same time, why are you going to law school? If you're looking for a posh "biglaw" job, then the calculus above might change. But to be fair, if you're looking for one of those jobs at any of those schools, you're going to have a hard time landing one of those jobs. The economy is brutal out there, and the FL legal market will probably be tough for quite a few years.



If we could both get exactly what we want-- he would stay in Tampa/St. Pete until he retires then move somewhere like North Carolina for his silver years. I would like to move somewhere like north Georgia (where I'm from) or North Carolina now. I don't really like Florida as a place to live when I'm done with school because I would never want to raise a family here (and if I did have to, I would never EVER allow my children to attend public schools in Florida for any grade level, which would add $$$).

I WANT to go to UF! But its looking like my husband won't be able to get a good job there-- which means my debt goes from the 60k I'd pay in tuition to... between 80-100k! We know he can get a good job here because he has a lot of connection and works here now. I'm scared that I'd be making the wrong choice for my family if I go to UF and rack up a bunch of debt to work in... preferably Tampa if I had to stay in Florida. I feel like if I'm going to get the debt- I should try to go to a school that will give me a little more leverage in finding a strong job (Illinois?).

Ughhhh.......

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby GatorStudent » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:07 am

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If we could both get exactly what we want-- he would stay in Tampa/St. Pete until he retires then move somewhere like North Carolina for his silver years. I would like to move somewhere like north Georgia (where I'm from) or North Carolina now. I don't really like Florida as a place to live when I'm done with school because I would never want to raise a family here (and if I did have to, I would never EVER allow my children to attend public schools in Florida for any grade level, which would add $$$).

I WANT to go to UF! But its looking like my husband won't be able to get a good job there-- which means my debt goes from the 60k I'd pay in tuition to... between 80-100k! We know he can get a good job here because he has a lot of connection and works here now. I'm scared that I'd be making the wrong choice for my family if I go to UF and rack up a bunch of debt to work in... preferably Tampa if I had to stay in Florida. I feel like if I'm going to get the debt- I should try to go to a school that will give me a little more leverage in finding a strong job (Illinois?).

Ughhhh.......


Well, it seems that both of you need to sit down and see where you would like to live. This is not a decision that should be decided after you're "stuck" at a law school. It seems that you are REALLY against living in Florida, and I hope you've told your husband how strongly you feel. How strongly does he feel about NOT living in FL? At the same time, it doesn't appear that you've applied to GA or NC schools? If so, why not? That makes me think that you're not as against living in FL as it seems at first glance, but I'm just a person on the internet trying to decipher your statements!

I'm not trying to be antagonistic, so I apologize if I appear to sound like it. I know it's tough, and it's sometimes easier/better for talk it out. I hope you get this resolved for your sake and your husband's.

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby leidice » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:08 am

thewarflamingo wrote:
Plus...this 2L at UIUC contacted me asking if I would be interested in filling a room in her house which sounded awesome...but when she added me on FB I found out she's a very...umm...provocative burlesque dancer in Chicago which included pictures on facebook of her performing :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: I'm not very conservative, but that was just SUPER shocking/surprising to me. If that's what goes on in the midwest, then I will gladly come to UF! :lol:


lol you should have seen my Facebook before I removed all the pictures from my exercise of choice. I think Neurotic should know what I'm talking about... ;) haha

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby Barbie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:16 am

GatorStudent wrote:
Barbie wrote:
If we could both get exactly what we want-- he would stay in Tampa/St. Pete until he retires then move somewhere like North Carolina for his silver years. I would like to move somewhere like north Georgia (where I'm from) or North Carolina now. I don't really like Florida as a place to live when I'm done with school because I would never want to raise a family here (and if I did have to, I would never EVER allow my children to attend public schools in Florida for any grade level, which would add $$$).

I WANT to go to UF! But its looking like my husband won't be able to get a good job there-- which means my debt goes from the 60k I'd pay in tuition to... between 80-100k! We know he can get a good job here because he has a lot of connection and works here now. I'm scared that I'd be making the wrong choice for my family if I go to UF and rack up a bunch of debt to work in... preferably Tampa if I had to stay in Florida. I feel like if I'm going to get the debt- I should try to go to a school that will give me a little more leverage in finding a strong job (Illinois?).

Ughhhh.......


Well, it seems that both of you need to sit down and see where you would like to live. This is not a decision that should be decided after you're "stuck" at a law school. It seems that you are REALLY against living in Florida, and I hope you've told your husband how strongly you feel. How strongly does he feel about NOT living in FL? At the same time, it doesn't appear that you've applied to GA or NC schools? If so, why not? That makes me think that you're not as against living in FL as it seems at first glance, but I'm just a person on the internet trying to decipher your statements!

I'm not trying to be antagonistic, so I apologize if I appear to sound like it. I know it's tough, and it's sometimes easier/better for talk it out. I hope you get this resolved for your sake and your husband's.


Oh no, I did. I just don't put things in my TLS profile. I was accepted to GA State but actually would never go there- I hate that place. Got into Wake but don't want to pay sticker in a place like W-S where my husband will never get a job. UNC hasn't and will never respond to my application (lol). UGA ain't about these 163s no-mo. So, here I am :)
My husband knows I don't WANT to live in Florida, but would definitly rather live in Florida than in the midwest or anywhere up north. I would just prefer somewhere with a little more southern charm and hospitality and better school systems. :)

My husband is still sending out applications. If somehow, someway he can land a 40k+ job in Gainesville or nearby, I'll be there.. Unfortunately, I don't have long to decide, and I may be double-depositing in the next few days which means I'll probably have to withdraw my UF deposit... (I have to call and ask). And yes, it is very hard and I hate that both of our futures are completely in my hands with... say, 3 ish days to decide :(

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby Barbie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 12:10 pm

thewarflamingo wrote:Barbie, what's his degree in and what kind of job is he looking for? I can try to ask my aunt and uncle if they know of anyone hiring.


Business. Degree and experience in management. Can do all that bs- marketing, accounting to a degree, financial advising, etc etc etc.

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Postby LSATmakesMeNeurotic » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:08 pm

leidice wrote:
thewarflamingo wrote:
Plus...this 2L at UIUC contacted me asking if I would be interested in filling a room in her house which sounded awesome...but when she added me on FB I found out she's a very...umm...provocative burlesque dancer in Chicago which included pictures on facebook of her performing :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: I'm not very conservative, but that was just SUPER shocking/surprising to me. If that's what goes on in the midwest, then I will gladly come to UF! :lol:


lol you should have seen my Facebook before I removed all the pictures from my exercise of choice. I think Neurotic should know what I'm talking about... ;) haha



haha! I wasn't planning on knocking it until I tried it. I love all forms of erm... exercise :)

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Postby PleaseHelpThanks » Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:38 pm

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Postby LSATmakesMeNeurotic » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:32 pm

PleaseHelpThanks wrote:So 16k is the most we can get to live on? I need at least 20k :(

Can someone explain how much of each kind of loan we can get? I'm thinking I might need some grad-plus loans, or private, but I don't want to take those out unless I have to.

Also, can we get the money a little early, or is the first day of class when everyone gets it? I mean what do you do if you can't afford to move there without first getting your student loans?

Thanks!


You can get up to 20,500 in subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and the rest of the COA can be taken out with Grad Plus loans.
You won't get your disbursement the first day of classes. You'll get it after the drop add period, which is about a week after classes start. This means you need to have some sort of funding to be able to pay for living expenses at least for the first month before the disbursement comes. Not really sure what you're supposed to do while they hold you in limbo, although I know that book costs at least can be deferred until after disbursement. Also, some apartments allow you to wait until you get your disbursement but I think that's an exception and not the norm.

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Postby leidice » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:43 pm

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Postby ns77770 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:05 pm

Barbie wrote:
GatorStudent wrote:
Barbie wrote:
haha ahh! My husband is begging me to go check out Stetson with him this week. He told me if I go there he will make sure I don't have to take out a single penny in loans and he will pay off my UG loans so I can graduate completely debt free. I really shouldn't have visited Illinois in January! haha I almost DIED! I'm sad we will probably not end up in the same place though :( No running buddy!


You really need to sit down with your husband and continue to think about how strongly each of you want to stay in Tampa. Is there a stipulation on your Stetson scholarship? If not, and you both are virtually positive that you want to live in the Tampa region, then Stetson sounds like an awesome deal. Even if you decide to leave the Tampa area, you'd be debt-free. Don't underestimate how liberating that is. Even if you're struggling to find a job in other parts of FL (or outside of FL) after graduating from a place like Stetson, it's much less stressful with absolutely no debt than the average law student (such as at UF) that is 50k-100k in debt and also trying to find a job to survive.

At the same time, why are you going to law school? If you're looking for a posh "biglaw" job, then the calculus above might change. But to be fair, if you're looking for one of those jobs at any of those schools, you're going to have a hard time landing one of those jobs. The economy is brutal out there, and the FL legal market will probably be tough for quite a few years.



If we could both get exactly what we want-- he would stay in Tampa/St. Pete until he retires then move somewhere like North Carolina for his silver years. I would like to move somewhere like north Georgia (where I'm from) or North Carolina now. I don't really like Florida as a place to live when I'm done with school because I would never want to raise a family here (and if I did have to, I would never EVER allow my children to attend public schools in Florida for any grade level, which would add $$$).

I WANT to go to UF! But its looking like my husband won't be able to get a good job there-- which means my debt goes from the 60k I'd pay in tuition to... between 80-100k! We know he can get a good job here because he has a lot of connection and works here now. I'm scared that I'd be making the wrong choice for my family if I go to UF and rack up a bunch of debt to work in... preferably Tampa if I had to stay in Florida. I feel like if I'm going to get the debt- I should try to go to a school that will give me a little more leverage in finding a strong job (Illinois?).

Ughhhh.......


Are the schools in Georgia and N Carolina really that much better? I thought they were all equally bad?

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Postby LSATmakesMeNeurotic » Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:55 pm

I'm a product of Florida public schools. Granted, my school is in the top 2% nationally, but I still came from a public school. I think that your child's success depends mainly on the parenting and how much effort they are willing to expend in making sure you are learning.

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Postby Deuce » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:12 pm

LSATmakesMeNeurotic wrote:I'm a product of Florida public schools. Granted, my school is in the top 2% nationally, but I still came from a public school. I think that your child's success depends mainly on the parenting and how much effort they are willing to expend in making sure you are learning.


High schools are ranked? There's a top 2%? ........

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Postby LSATmakesMeNeurotic » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:25 pm

I don't know how they do it, but they came up with some sort of system to "distinguish" the good from the bad. Also, my bad. I just checked the website. They are "Nationally ranked in the top ONE percent of public schools." :roll: I think all educational systems suck though. Public schools teach to a test, and private schools can be bribed. Neither gives a true well-rounded education in my mind.

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Postby Mattfl88 » Tue Apr 12, 2011 4:50 pm

LSATmakesMeNeurotic wrote:I'm a product of Florida public schools. Granted, my school is in the top 2% nationally, but I still came from a public school. I think that your child's success depends mainly on the parenting and how much effort they are willing to expend in making sure you are learning.


I am public school child as well. Parents were both teachers in Florida public schools as well. My school was not ranked particularly well but I still did well. I agree with you 100%. With encouraging parents and the desire to learn, your children will do well.

Florida public schools represent!

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Postby Barbie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:29 pm

Uf does love. Meeeeeeeeee

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Postby thewarflamingo » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:50 pm

Barbie wrote:Uf does love. Meeeeeeeeee

Yeah????? Did you get a grant??? Congrats if you did and see you in the fall! :wink:

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Postby LPSDBX » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:00 pm

Mattfl88 wrote:
LSATmakesMeNeurotic wrote:I'm a product of Florida public schools. Granted, my school is in the top 2% nationally, but I still came from a public school. I think that your child's success depends mainly on the parenting and how much effort they are willing to expend in making sure you are learning.


I am public school child as well. Parents were both teachers in Florida public schools as well. My school was not ranked particularly well but I still did well. I agree with you 100%. With encouraging parents and the desire to learn, your children will do well.

Florida public schools represent!



+1 to all of the above. My parents were both teachers in the Miami-Dade school system (they have since retired), and I attended public schools myself. Nothing about my education was anything other than fantastic, and I was eventually awarded a full scholarship to a very highly-regarded private university. So, yeah, three cheers for FL public schools!

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Re: U. of Florida 2010-2011 Applicants!!

Postby Barbie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:05 pm

I went to public school too. Fortunately I lived in Georgia until high-school BC my school produced all pregnant uneducated girls and drug dealing jail bird boys. My husband went to private Catholic school his entire life BC his mom shares my opinion AB the majority of FL. Public schools.


And yesssd grant!! U might be cancelling my Tulane trip!!

Edit: I might* in my phone at the bar hahahaha
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Postby FeelTheHeat » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:06 pm

Barbie wrote:I went to public school too. Fortunately I lived in Georgia until high-school BC my school produced all pregnant uneducated girls and drug dealing jail bird boys. My husband went to private Catholic school his entire life BC his mom shares my opinion AB the majority of FL. Public schools.


And yesssd grant!! U might be cancelling my Tulane trip!!


Barbs, I gotta ask you something on fb

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Postby leidice » Tue Apr 12, 2011 6:07 pm

Barbie wrote:I went to public school too. Fortunately I lived in Georgia until high-school BC my school produced all pregnant uneducated girls and drug dealing jail bird boys. My husband went to private Catholic school his entire life BC his mom shares my opinion AB the majority of FL. Public schools.


And yesssd grant!! U might be cancelling my Tulane trip!!


Are you drunk, or are you typing on a cellphone?

EDIT: oh, just saw your edited post! haha
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