seancris wrote:TLS common wisdom would say that going to UF for the reasons you laid out is a bad idea.
People here will tell you that professional connections don't constitute ties, so you will look like a flight risk to FL firms. And specialty rankings (#2 tax lawl w00t) don't mean anything.
BTW going to Hawaii on a "law school visit" sounds great right about now.
I would disagree with the bolded above. Tax is a legitimate specialization (as opposed to international UFO law), and the UF tax program is well known and graduates often do very well.
Kibbles, you will definitely be seen as a flight risk, but you can modify that by working in Florida during your summers, getting a license here etc. It's difficult, but doable.
Ultimately, I'm with FeelTheHeat and Seancris on this one. Going to law school in Florida just because you want to get away from Jersey isn't a great reason. I would wait a year and retake as well.
Haha. I feel the need to clear a few things up (I've had quite a bit o' wine in the past couple hours.)
1. Hawai'i for a "law school visit" was amazing but definitely foolish
2. I picked UF as the last school between the rest of the schools I've applied to (and have been accepted to) because they seemed to be the most impressive of the schools I have yet to visit...and its very late deposit date made it worthwhile to check out.
3. I do want to get out of Jersey, but I will probably end up at Seton Hall anyway. Just because I want to leave doesn't mean I'll feel that way in the long term. I just feel stuck in a rut is all, and I feel after I visit Florida, I'll say "That was nice, but not for me," and will be content in staying back in Jersey.
4. I'd rather not discuss my financial situation, but ultimately I will almost end up at Seton Hall given the fact that my overall expenses will actually be less than my undergraduate expenses. Go figure.
5. Well crap, sorry to FeelTheHeat, I basically gave my scholarship information away on the board anyway.
TL;DR - Florida is going to be a fun little trip, and unless my mind is blown by every aspect of it, I'm going to choose a school near home, be content with it, and be in very little debt.