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Law school rumors...

parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
edited March 2008 in Florida State University
The latest I've read are more students are accepted to UF Law while being rejected from FSU Law.

Has FSU Law has become the most selective law school in Florida?.

The best I can see so far is FSU having a slight advantage in LSAT average - about 1 point currently (159 (UF) vs 160 (FSU)).

I'm not terribly surprised if this turns out to be true. Tallahassee is an excellent place to have a law school. While UF's law school is older, it seems it is being overtaken by the better placed FSU law school.
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Replies to: Law school rumors...

  • FSU MBAFSU MBA Registered User Posts: 221 Junior Member
    ^^^^I've been hearing the same thing. Extremely qualified candidates getting rejected from FSU Law but accepted to UF and UM.
  • ladistarladistar - Posts: 219 Junior Member
    That's definitely a positive for FSU, but I think UF-Levin still has better ties and networking throughout the state. At least in Miami, which is the only real biglaw market in FL. They need to build their alumni network up to the level of UF before they officially take them over as best in the state, but raising standards certainly doesn't hurt.
  • akhbhaatakhbhaat Registered User Posts: 61 Junior Member
    There's little doubt that Levin has a stronger alumni network - as does UF as a whole - but of late, FSU has better bar pass rates, slightly higher starting salaries, and better placement rates (location, of course, is a given). Applicants have taken notice.

    I had a discussion about this with a lawyer colleague of mine recently. We're both of the opinion that if you want biglaw connections in Florida, you'd actually do best to go to UM, even though it's technically easier to get into than either UF or FSU. Quite frankly, though, a student genuinely interested in biglaw should probably leave Florida altogether.
  • ABCB7099ABCB7099 Registered User Posts: 399 Member
    Should be worth noting that UF's incoming classes are about twice as large as FSU's.

    UF still has easily the better connections in the state, and that's all that matters in a law school. I have to ask, what is with your gator obsession, TC?
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    Stronger alumni network or merely a larger alumni network since UF has more students? I see in US News that FSU has a greater alumni participation rate.
  • ladistarladistar - Posts: 219 Junior Member
    parent2noles, I think what he meant is that they have a greater existing alumni network. They've generally been the larger in-state school, so they have more partners and associates at FL firms than any other.

    FSU has a pretty good grasp on the capital, though. If you're really interested in government work I don't see how you can go wrong with FSU. If you want biglaw/private practice, go to UM or UF.
  • parent2nolesparent2noles Registered User Posts: 7,961 Senior Member
    I would suggest that such a network is a function of age and lack of competition. UF pretty much had a (state university, not private) monopoly on legal education until FSU established its law school in 1966.
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