FLGrad wrote:OK, thanks for clearing that up. I haven't been following law school tuition for schools other than UF since I started law school, and I guess I still assumed that UF was relatively cheap compared to the other instate schools.
With that said- I will say that I believe that my degree from UF was an advantage when looking for a job. I had a couple of interviewers mention that the fact that I went to UF was a big deal. I don't know if that makes it worth to attend UF over FSU, since I have no idea how they may have viewed an FSU grad.
I'm not sure if I mentioned this earlier, but I received some scholarship money when I attended UF. For that reason, UF was a very clear choice for me, and I didn't have to engage in a serious cost/benefit analysis of whether to attend UF or another school. Sorry I can't be of much help. :/
That's actually a big help. There's definitely value to being part of the UF network, which is worth more money. Just not too much more. I applied last year and it would've been much cheaper for me to attend Ohio State and several other higher-ranked schools at out-of-state prices due to the amount of merit-aid they offered compared to UF.
Personally hoping for a decent scholarship from UF this time around that will allow me to stay in Gainesville!
On the subject of scholarships, I know that UF has grade-based stipulations on their merit scholarships. Did you or anyone you knew have any issues keeping their scholarship based on the stipulations? Just trying to get a feel for how difficult the scholarships are to retain.
And do you have any general advice about what kinds of things we can do to put ourselves in a competitive position when it comes to landing a legal job soon after graduation? IE pursuing a certificate, joining student orgs, etc.
Thanks for taking the time to help us out, btw.