innocenceproject wrote:I am a non-resident of Florida and received partial scholarships to both FSU and Stetson. I want to go into criminal law (potentially work for an innocence project), and I’m not sure which school would be better for me considering FSU’s overall ranking and Stetson’s top rankings in trial advocacy and legal writing. Please help.
I know the first round of seat deposits for most schools have come and gone. If you're still deciding, however, the answer is FSU. Stetson has phenomenal trial advocacy and legal writing but so does FSU. FSU's Trial Team routinely wins national competitions. FSU's Moot Court team has won a national championship in 9 of the last 10 years.
Also, for REAL criminal work, and not the Moot/Mock world. At FSU you have the ability to do an externship with either the State Attorney's Office or the Public Defender (you may be able to do this at Stetson as well, I simply don't know because I didn't go to Stetson). You become a Certified Legal Intern ("CLI") and try real cases, with real ramifications, while you're in law school. I have quite a few friends who have done this externship and have raved about it. FSU also has quite a few classes geared down criminal litigation etc (one being Criminal Litigation Skills - where you try a criminal trial for class).
Aside from that - the poster above is correct. Your job opportunities are far greater at FSU. And unless you're pulling a full ride from Stetson it's a pretty safe bet that FSU will be cheaper.
Best of luck.