May 11, 2012
"Application Deadline Extended to July 1. Accepting June LSAT Scores. Application Fee Waived.": Sounds like Stetson Law is desperately seeking applicants (Average debt for Class of 2011 grads ... $133,082)
"Are you currently considering enrolling in a certified program of legal education at an outstanding university located in an outstanding city in an outstanding state? If so and things don't work out you might consider the Stetson College of Law in Tampa Bay, FLA, which it would be fair to say is very interested in speaking with you at your earliest convenience. But even if it's not convenient for you to apply for admission this week or this month or this spring that's OK, because if you don't act now you can apply as late as July 1st for admission to the Fall 2012 class. Classes start just 47 days later, but I'm pretty sure that will give the Admissions Office more than enough time to determine if you are not currently an involuntary resident of a correctional facility meet the school's entrance requirements," writes Paul Campos in Stetson Law School Wants You. (H/T-ing this Third Tier Reality blog post).
It's worth emphasizing that Stetson is not a "bad" law school, in the sense of being significantly below average. First, it's more or less in the middle of the USNWR rankings (41st percentile). More significantly, as a commenter notes, in the context of Florida law schools in particular it's actually one of the better law schools in the state, ranking behind UF, Miami, and FSU, but ahead of a half dozen other ABA schools. In terms of expected return on investment it's also "average" -- which is to say the modal student there can anticipate a fairly catastrophic outcome. It is, in other words, a typical American law school in 2012.