FeelTheHeat wrote:Hey highdraws, thanks for taking questions. First and foremost, I'm curious whether you consider the allocated $10,000 in living expenses listed in FSU's financial aid packet to be an accurate representation of cost of living. Next, do you know any classmates that were given the choice between UF and FSU? I'm just curious if it was a considerable amount. Thanks again.
Don't mention it, FeelTheHeat, I'm happy to help.
1) I do think 10K is an accurate representation. My rent for a single apt is $660. According to my standards, I live in a very accommodating complex about 10 minutes from the law school. My complex isn't one of those "for students" get-ups. It's quiet and modest, and I get a lot of studying done with no distractions.
There's a complex directly across from the law school (you can wake up and be in class in less than 10 minutes), and while it's not as nice as other places, it's pretty cheap and a lot of law students prefer the convenience. In addition, there are many other reasonable places to live. And if you choose to have a roommate or two, that 10K estimate is definitely accurate.
2) A fair amount of my classmates were accepted to both FSU and UF, myself included. Since you mention it, my understanding is that over half of all FSU Law students are UF alums. We even have a LitiGators student organization.
I'm making an assumption here, but I'm guessing your question is hitting at why people who were accepted to both FSU an UF ultimately choose to come to FSU. (correct me if I'm wrong)
FSU is amazingly friendly and supportive. The professors, TA's, librarians, and older students are always willing to go the extra mile for you. Dean Weidner is a fantastic spokesperson for our law school, and he's probably the most approachable person I've ever met considering his position. He invited a group of us to his house, and he and his wife talked my ears off.
I don't doubt that UF is a great school, but if you work hard and are willing to put yourself out there, FSU won't let you fall through the cracks. And considering how tough the legal market is, I think that says a lot.