floridaninja wrote:What is the deal with Stetson?
Time and time again, it's ranked at the top in all of the country in Trial Advocacy and Legal Writing, yet Stetson is only ranked 119 in the country. It'd be great to see Stetson break 100 and become more well known throughout the country. I don't understand why it's not ranked higher overall with being ranked so high in Trial Advocacy and Legal Writing.
Because specialty rankings are practically meaningless.
Stetson seems better than Nova, yet both are regional schools. Is Stetson that much better though to choose it over Nova or should it be based on where you want to practice (South Florida vs. Tampa Bay area)?
Stetson is much better than Nova, but that isn't saying a whole lot. If you want to practice in Tampa & won't acquire significant debt (50k or so total), then Stetson might be reasonable.
Does anyone know the job prospects for Stetson grads? I know a girl who worked in Tampa at a law firm and she said Stetson grads do well in the Tampa Bay area, but what about anywhere else, even in FL?
Not good but fair for Tampa. There are like 13 law schools in an already saturated Fl market that pump out hundreds of grads each every year that you will be competing with for entry-level work. Stetson is the fifth-best school in the state, behind UF, FSU, UM, and FIU. And all of those grads take a back-seat in hiring to T14's with Florida ties. Don't expect great prospects outside of Tampa. Don't expect great prospects even in Tampa ITE, for that matter.
Word of advice: don't ask these questions in the acceptancces forum. These are mostly students who are all set to go to Stetson and are sold on their prospects with a Stetson JD. Most responses will be very biased. Ask in the "choosing a law school" forum.