I didn't mean to diss Stetson when I said it was considered a Tier 3 school; I should have clarified that US News classifies it that way. Many attorneys I've spoken with here in Sarasota consider it a great school - and they aren't alumni. But, as others have mentioned, its reputation is very local. While I'm pretty sure I'd like to stay in SW Florida, FSU has more name recognition in other parts of FL. I was also accepted to UF with a $6000/yr scholly contingent on maintaining a 3.2 GPA, but I don't think I'd move to Gainesville for 3 years on the off chance that I'd be lucky enough to never fall below 3.2.
@fiery: I'm not 100% sure what type of law I'd like to go into at this point. I'm a Certified Financial Planner, so I'm leaning toward Elder Law, but I have a real soft spot for the military (my husband and I are Navy veterans and we have 2 kids in the Navy), so Stetson's VA Clinic really interests me. I'm also a strong advocate of 2nd Amendment rights and Libertarian policies, which is why Tallahassee/FSU interests me. I do know that I don't
want a "big law" job; I've been in the corporate world long enough. Joining a small to medium firm, working in government, or hanging out my own shingle would be perfect. I took home over $150,000 the past 2 years, but the stress isn't worth it. I'd be happy making half that and having a life....after law school, of course.