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Title: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 02, 2005, 12:12:29 PM
let's chat it up here.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on April 02, 2005, 12:24:48 PM
on the WL.  on the outside looking in.  otherwise i may be at miami's sister school, nova law, looking to transfer as a 2L.  just sent in my deposit.  if by sister, i mean ugly red-headed stepchild sister.  i'm really hoping to get off the waitlist.  i guess i'll find out soon enough.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 02, 2005, 01:00:21 PM
hey lawfool, if you are writing an extra letter/essay for miami, id be happy to look over it.

ill start off the chat...how old is everyone?  im 21.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cuse05 on April 02, 2005, 01:04:56 PM
im definitely headed to UM in the fall, just got back from law day, met a lot of really cool people, cant wait to get down there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 02, 2005, 01:18:19 PM
How many people here are already Hurricanes fans?  I am a lifelong UNC fan; it is going to be strange cheering for Miami.  Do you think we'll have time to go to the football games this year?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 02, 2005, 01:45:17 PM
i think i read somewhere that the average age was 24.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on April 02, 2005, 01:50:02 PM
I got a plane ticket to go to law day, and came to Miami...I just didnt want to get up so early to go to it, plus all the people who are 1Ls and 2Ls told me no one goes to it and made me feel like a dork (my boyfriend is a 1L at Miami so I already know a lot of people). So I didnt go. Went shopping instead. What I miss??
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: SleepyGuyYawn on April 02, 2005, 02:37:57 PM
So, so hard not to go to miami.  I'm going to pitt instead.  Am I crazy?  I have to ask myself this...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 02, 2005, 04:15:30 PM
i'm 25, will be 26 this june.

although i am not a hurricane fan when it comes to basketball, i have always liked their football team.  linzy, there is a bunch of info on friday's law day on the "my visit to miami" thread.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on April 02, 2005, 07:59:38 PM
i think i've done enough to show my interest.  i've sent like 2 or 3 essays and been in contact with one of their assistant recruiters.  it all depends on the amount of seats left i guess. 

i don't necessarily have a problem with nova se.  lots of friends that go there.  i will most likely attempt to transfer after my first year.  i just would feel better about leaving a job and nola to go to miami rather than nova se.  i'm 24.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 02, 2005, 09:12:21 PM
lawfool, good luck.  your index is there, and it appears that all of those who have been successful with getting off the waitlist have followed your course of action.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 02, 2005, 09:28:07 PM
i'm one of the older kids.. though i sure as hell dont feel like it.. i'm 26.. i guess thats not soo bad.. i cant wait to meet you all!! Scary how you guys may end up being good friends of mine.. the internet can be creepy (in a good way) at times....
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on April 03, 2005, 12:35:32 PM
thanks casino.  doing what i can.  hope to see you there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 04, 2005, 10:20:08 AM
I'll be at UM next year as well, and am SO excited to get out of Los Angeles (gorgeous city, but no quality of living what-so-ever!)! I just turned 27, so I'm glad to hear that there are older students at UM. When are you guys looking for apts? I think my husband and I are flying in 2nd week of June. Hopefully that'll give us enough time, since we're driving out 3rd week of July. Yeah!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 04, 2005, 10:24:24 AM
I'll be at UM next year as well, and am SO excited to get out of Los Angeles (gorgeous city, but no quality of living what-so-ever!)! I just turned 27, so I'm glad to hear that there are older students at UM. When are you guys looking for apts? I think my husband and I are flying in 2nd week of June. Hopefully that'll give us enough time, since we're driving out 3rd week of July. Yeah!!

It is tricky, some places want you to apply 2 months early and others what you to look no more than 30 days ahead of move in.  For the ultimate flexibility I am going the first week of June so I can hit the 2 month places for August or just get a 30 day place a month early.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on April 04, 2005, 10:39:21 AM
I just turned 22 and am probably going to Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 04, 2005, 10:45:32 AM
Billthethrill: What parts of town are you looking at? I'm thinking Kendall, the Gables and, now, Brickell.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 04, 2005, 07:06:27 PM
Billthethrill: What parts of town are you looking at? I'm thinking Kendall, the Gables and, now, Brickell.

I have looked all over.  I may try to find a place in the Biltmore section of Coral Gables.  I would prefer to be north of the school so I don't have to deal with US 1.  (Oddly enough US 1 is about 200 yards from my house here in North Carolina, it is hard to believe that such a dinky road goes all the way to Miami).

I have heard too many horror stories about driving from Kendall.  If I am going to spend an hour a day in my car I would rather be at the beach.  I may still try to live at the beach even though everyone I talk to tells me not to.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ACore on April 05, 2005, 08:12:27 AM
I'm a 24 year old currently waitlisted at Miami. The past few weeks have been testing my patience. I trying to remain confident that I will eventually get accepted though. Because my numbers are competitive and I work at the University, I think I still have a slight chance of making it in. Guess I gotta keep my fingers crossed.

Congrats on all those who have been accepted and decided to attend. You chose a great school to receive your legal education.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 05, 2005, 02:20:47 PM
aaww.. thanks ACore... good luck to you!! I know one of my collegues just withdrew his acceptance.. hope you can get that spot!!

Also, I don't know how many of you are planning on getting a new laptop for school or not.. but I spoke with the IT dept at UM.. and they can get you a discount at either Dell or Apple.. so at least you MAC people won't have to worry about changing to PCs. also, they have cheap software packages for people that need to upgrade to either Windows XP Professional or their Office software... so look on their site: http://www.miami.edu/tpc/ before purchasing any of these products elsewhere..

Also, I called them up and they said that sometime between mid-July and early August they order lots of laptops from Dell and offer even deeper discounts at that time on package laptop deals.. he didn't go into specifics.. but said that it would be better to wait till then to buy a laptop..

Just a head's up if anyone is interested..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 05, 2005, 10:48:12 PM
im definitely going to avoid kendall.  the traffic sucks, and theres nothing of interest in the area.  like billthethrill said, if im going to deal with traffic im at least going to live on the beach.  but ill probably end up in the gables or brickell.

djladyjo, thanks for the laptop info.

btw, its finally official: i mailed my deposit in yesterday  ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 06, 2005, 04:56:00 PM
I also mailed in my deposit yesterday!! Yay, us!!

Hey on another thread, somebody had a good idea.. you know how Law Books are so huge to carry around??? And since most people will probably have laptops to lug around in addition.. someone suggested taking the books to Kinko's and having them take off the binding and rebind the book into smaller (more portable) sections..

Anyhow.. i'm so waiting to start law school that I find things like rebinding books interesting right now.. somebody please shoot me.. or time warp me to August already, dammit!

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 06, 2005, 05:26:42 PM
lol, i think ill just use a locker or keep some books in my car.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dbtb05 on April 06, 2005, 05:43:33 PM
I'll be going to Miami next fall and will be 22 in May.  Don't know too much about housing or the area other than a lot of the places in the book they sent us have pools.  I have this vision of studying out by the pool...wouldn't mind one of those places
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 06, 2005, 10:18:47 PM
i can top you guys -- not only did i send in my deposit last week, but the admissions office actually received my deposit the other day!  it's official.. ;)

i am not going to rebind my books.  i bet that would cost at least 20 dollars a book, and for what?

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 07, 2005, 07:19:08 AM
Does anybody know where the lockers are.  The only ones I saw were outside which kinda sucks. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: KODIAK on April 07, 2005, 07:29:35 AM
Anyone know how many Miami typically draws from their waitlist?  I am on it, with a fairly high index.  I was hoping to get in regular decision but I applied late in the cycle.  That school is soooo cool though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 07, 2005, 10:19:05 AM
i saw those too.  rusty?  honestly, the tour i took at miami was not the best, and certainly not very thorough.  i am not totally convinced that miami trains their tour guides, because the tour i had at catholic was much better and informative.  that being said, my tour guide did not show us any lockers; i just happened to pass by a few near the subway on the way to the lake area.  they did not look that appealing.  i am thinking that the trunk of my car might serve me a bit better, but hopefully there are some more i don't know about!

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Does anybody know where the lockers are. The only ones I saw were outside which kinda sucks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 07, 2005, 12:29:23 PM
Sooo.. i'd like to hear more about the people attending UM next year.. how about we all type up lil bio's or something to get to know each other better prior to starting law school..??

I'll start..

I was born and raised in Miami.. went to Georgetown for undergrad where I majored in Foreign Service.. I also did my junior year abroad at the University of Florence, in Italy (best year of my life).. I returned to Miami when I graduated in 2001.. I've been working at an International Education Consulting firm in Miami since then.. We evaluate academic credentials from individuals that graduated from other countries and want to pursue further studies in the US, or get licensed in their field, or seek out an H1-B visa, etc..
My fave things are tennis, my satellite radio (sirius), water sports, hanging out on my balcony (great views), checking out new restaurants in Miami (they are constantly opening up new ones), partying with my friends.. we're an eclectic bunch that's pretty much up for anything: clubbing, dancing, camping, art gallery hopping, demolition derbies, karaoke nights, sailing, skydiving, beach partying, etc.. you name it, we've probably done it..

OoOh and when i was in college I used to DJ for the radio station.. and it was all new wave, dark wave, gothy, alternative music.. thats where my username comes from.. i've outgrown that phase, but still like hanging out at the alternative places down here every   once in a while.. OOOOH, and UM has an AMAZING college radio station 90.5, if you're into that..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 07, 2005, 02:00:20 PM
Sooo.. i'd like to hear more about the people attending UM next year.. how about we all type up lil bio's or something to get to know each other better prior to starting law school..??

Short Version

Non-Trad Graduate from UNC system school.

Grew up in Triangle, lifelong UNC fan (go Heels).

Worked as a bouncer for two years.

I Thought I had blown any chance of ever going to law school with my horrible performance in college the first time around.  A year and a half ago I decided that I would like to go to ANY Law School that I could get into.  I Studied my butt off and did ok on the LSAT and, by the grace of god, got into Miami.  I am looking forward to my second chance and I am writing off my twenties as my early retirement spent upfront.

I like college basketball and football.  I played Rugby and I am an All Blacks fan.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 07, 2005, 05:17:09 PM
I grew up in Quebec, Canada, moved to the US and went to the University of Vermont for undergrad. Decided I wanted to be a movie star and moved to Los Angeles after graduation. Realized that connections are everything in that industry and lost all interest in it after being around it a bit. Have been working the same office job for 4 years and need a change. Met my husband (from my hometown in Quebec, yet we never knew each other growing up), decided, with his help, to go to law school. Hate the LA traffic, so chose Miami and an SO looking forward to moving to a new city and leaving behind my 8-5 rut.

Hope that all makes sense. This time change thing is seriously messing with me!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 09, 2005, 05:24:20 PM
vinny, thanks for the helpful information.  the beach is not far away, but i was a bit mortified when it took me over an hour to get to the beach from the law school a few weeks ago when i visited.  it was easter weekend which i am sure was a contributing factor.  that being said, leaving the beach in the direction of miami proper is always going to have less traffic.  who knows?  it might not be that bad of an option.  i can imagine it can be tough to get a parking spot, which is certainly a deterrant.  bad parking at school and at home makes casino a crazy boy. >:(

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 09, 2005, 10:29:52 PM
just wondering -

i was in Miami during the first week of March and South Beach was packed.  I guess it was the week before Spring Break for most of the country.  But is it generally like this all the time?  When is/are the tourist season(s)?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 10, 2005, 08:10:43 AM
just wondering -

i was in Miami during the first week of March and South Beach was packed.  I guess it was the week before Spring Break for most of the country.  But is it generally like this all the time?  When is/are the tourist season(s)?

I have been told that South Beach tends to be in season almost year around.  During the Fall, Winter and Spring you have a lot of North Americans, then in the Sumnmer you get a lot of South Americans who are there to escape their own winters.

I'll never forget many years ago when I went to Disneyworld and there were about 100,000 kids running around wearing colored T-shirts with "Brasil" printed across their chests.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 10, 2005, 09:56:08 AM
vinny,

any opinions on the area around flagler and 57th street, or the areas immediately southeast of the airport?  when i went and visited, i stayed with a cuban friend who lived there; the area is heavily latino, but it seemed very liveable nonetheless and very accessable to the law school.  no one mentions these areas, so i am dying for opinions.

thanks,

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 10, 2005, 10:39:12 AM
Casino..

I'm assuming you mean Flagler and 57th Avenue.. (57th street and Flagler are parallel to each other).. the area is alright.. i dunno if its good for college living.. the only thing is that its very latin like you said.. but other being latin, its very family and old latin oriented.. not very many young people live in the area.. i actually dont know anybody at least.. people's families live around there.. but no young single kids.. traffic on Flagler can also be a killer.. not sure at those times, but you may wanna try a commute from that area before moving in.. on the other hand, its not THAT far from UM.. so eventhough traffic may be bad, you won't have to drive so far... I actually think Coral Gable starts around that area.. My pedicurist and wax lady works at Flagler and 57th.. so I know traffic sucks there around 5pm when I usually go.. hope that helps..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 10, 2005, 10:43:56 AM
Check out the new satellite maps at google maps.  One of the major differences I noticed about places I liked and places I didn't was the number of trees.  Coral Gables is beautiful and heavily wooded wwhile many parts of South and West Miami were pretty barren.  You can get a good idea of how wooded different areas are with the Google Satellite maps.  Generally speaking more trees=wealthier area.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 10, 2005, 02:01:24 PM
thanks djladyjo.  i figured not many people would live in that area, but the apartment i saw was nice and reasonably priced.  i also remember it being fairly easy to shoot down to us 1 and the university of miami.  i don't know, i am kind of dreading the process of finding a place because a) i don't know miami very well, despite feeling like i know where everything is, and b) because finding a place is a pain in the ass, no matter where you live.  and maps are a bit misleading, because a few people are suggesting the traffic is less heavy coming from north of the school than south of it, from kendall, for example.  i'll probably just jump on the bandwagon and live where everyone else is living. :)

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 11, 2005, 10:40:00 PM
thanks vinny.  as i mentioned before, it was clear that the area was pure latino, but also reasonably priced and accessable to the law school.  although i didn't make the commute during rush hour, it only took fifteen minutes or so during off peak hours; miami traffic sucks, but i can't imagine it would be too ridiculous during rush hour.  you would know much better than me though!  y me defiendo bien en espanol, el idioma no me preocupa mucho ;)

well, i am going to plan to spend a few days figuring it out in late may or early june.  regardless of where i choose to live, i just want to be settled for day one.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 11, 2005, 10:45:08 PM
OK Miamians...try to talk me into it.  I love Florida, it's Miami vs. Case Western....the equivalent of the bout between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed.  Give it your best shot!

just look at your avatar, nothing else needs to be said.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 11, 2005, 10:48:06 PM
go with your gut.  i think they are both great schools.

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OK Miamians...try to talk me into it. I love Florida, it's Miami vs. Case Western....the equivalent of the bout between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. Give it your best shot!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 12, 2005, 02:18:06 AM
all of us lsd'ers should do something together before law school starts.

my suggestion: go down to john pennekamp park(key largo) for the day and rent a boat.  we could bring a cooler of beer and some sandwiches and just dive/snorkel and chill out on the water for the day. 

yay or nay?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 12, 2005, 08:23:13 AM
SOunds good to me.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 12, 2005, 12:02:48 PM
cascagrossa..
GREAT IDEA.. count me in.. any excuse to drink beer and be out in the water.. :P

Hey, I meant to ask.. where's your name from? Sounds like a HUGE (BIG?) FALL in Italian.. I guess it could be a last name too now that I think about it.. just curious..

Anyhow, beer and boating.. i'm a yay..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 12, 2005, 12:25:21 PM
cascagrossa..
GREAT IDEA.. count me in.. any excuse to drink beer and be out in the water.. :P

Hey, I meant to ask.. where's your name from? Sounds like a HUGE (BIG?) FALL in Italian.. I guess it could be a last name too now that I think about it.. just curious..

Anyhow, beer and boating.. i'm a yay..

name comes from brazilian jiujitsu.  its a portugese phrase thats a compliment in jiujitsu, although i think it literally means something like "rough hide."  i used to train at this place where the instructor didnt really speak english, and he would either yell "PORRA!"(bad word) if you screwed up or did something dumb, or say "cascagrossa" if you won a match.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 12, 2005, 02:11:42 PM
Casca: haha.. okay nevermind.. I never would have gotten that reference..

everyone: when are you guys planning on moving to Miami?  To start settling in and stuff? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 12, 2005, 04:15:12 PM
I probably wont be heading down till the middle of July - cause of work.  I hopefully will have my apartment ready before then though.

I guess with a 10-month lease that I have seen several places offer - I should be good till next May.  I will definitely take part in the study abroad program they have - so I rather not keep the apartment unoccupied for that long of a time.

Anyone else interested in the study abroad program?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 12, 2005, 04:25:06 PM
the study abroad program sounds great! The only thing i worry about is that you can gain experience interning somewhere during that summer (albeit unpaid).. and that first summer internship can count for experience when applying for paid positions your second summer..

I totally want to do it though.. I'd take the Greece/Italy/Spain route.. sounds more like a great European summer vacation than an actual course..

Dunno.. i'll wait and see..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thefaceman on April 12, 2005, 04:27:52 PM
And the best neigborhoods to live in that are within beach cruiser distance from campus are.....?????

Thanks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 12, 2005, 05:03:02 PM
And the best neigborhoods to live in that are within beach cruiser distance from campus are.....?????

Thanks.

I would say the Biltmore Section of Coral Gables... you don't have to cross US 1.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 12, 2005, 05:04:49 PM
I probably wont be heading down till the middle of July - cause of work.  I hopefully will have my apartment ready before then though.

I guess with a 10-month lease that I have seen several places offer - I should be good till next May.  I will definitely take part in the study abroad program they have - so I rather not keep the apartment unoccupied for that long of a time.

Anyone else interested in the study abroad program?

I will probably do it.. I hear that a lot of employers like to see the study abroad but I do not know if it more valuable than an unpaid internship or not... it sure as hell would be a lot more fun.  I am 80% sure I will be going abroad though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dbtb05 on April 12, 2005, 08:36:54 PM
I am definitely planning to go abroad.  Several people have told me it really doesn't matter what you do with your first summer, as long as you do something, and even encouraged me to go abroad the first summer because obviously the second one has to be career oriented.  The nice thing about Miami I learned is that they let you apply your scholarship to the summer programs, meaning for example if your scholarship covers half of annual tuition, you only have to pay for half the cost of the summer program.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 12, 2005, 11:46:08 PM
And the best neigborhoods to live in that are within beach cruiser distance from campus are.....?????
Thanks.

Gables Estates 8)

http://www.uniquehomesofmiami.com/listings/FeaturedSearch.aspx?FSID=20744

Taking into consideration the fact that the prices go down on the later pages a place I can afford should appear on about page 265 (if there were one).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 13, 2005, 01:07:01 PM
with the study abroad program - you get six credits as well.  so i assume that should make your 2L and 3L workload lighter - giving you enough time for law review and such.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ArmChairQB on April 13, 2005, 01:13:01 PM
OK Miamians...try to talk me into it.  I love Florida, it's Miami vs. Case Western....the equivalent of the bout between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed.  Give it your best shot!

This is another where do you want to work and live after graduating.  If you want to stay in the midwest Case Western is the obvious choice, but if you want to end up in Florida to me Miami would give you a much better opportunity to practice in Florida and get the type of job you are looking for.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 13, 2005, 08:20:45 PM
yeah, the topless thing is pretty cool.  and they are very open about it -- many girls don't just lie down bellies up, they actually walk around, showing themselves off.  i think it is a little bit ridiculous and exhibitionist, but isn't that what miami is all about?

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 14, 2005, 06:01:49 AM
its not about showing your boobs.. its about no tan lines..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 14, 2005, 06:45:29 AM
with one exception.  i think it is hot when girls where low cut jeans, showing their bikini string tan lines on their hips.

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I'm in total agreement with that. I hate tan lines.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 14, 2005, 06:54:43 AM
on another note, i was browsing the listings on the miami herald last night, and it appears that brickell is very expensive.  there were listings for apartments in the grove and in coral gables anywhere from 650 to 900 dollars -- for studios and one bedrooms -- but in brickell everything was well over a G.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thefaceman on April 14, 2005, 12:23:40 PM
Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dbtb05 on April 14, 2005, 06:38:48 PM
Do any of you guys know anything about the areas in or close to downtown?  Is anything reasonably priced?  I was just thinking intuitively that living there would mean commuting against rush hour so traffic might not be that bad.  I could be totally wrong though, not all that familiar with the area.  Also, it might be nice to be closer to the city for the second and third years, as well as the summers when we might have jobs/internships down there.  Any thoughts?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 14, 2005, 06:39:44 PM
brickell area is very nice, but expensive.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 14, 2005, 08:00:26 PM
ditto faceman's comment, thanks for the heads up.  also ditto what cascagrossa said, the brickell area is downtown but appears to be *very* expensive, especially if you are thinking about living solo.

and casca, i would be down for whatever, whenever.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 15, 2005, 08:51:30 AM
OKay so last night I went to a Georgetown Alum mixer with Harvard Biz School Alums in South Florida.. I have been attending some of these events in the last couple of months to kinda network and meet people.. so one of my buddies is a Georgetown Alum that works at White and Case here in Miami.. so he put a few things in perspective..

Starting salaries for first year associates is $115,000 a year.. as a second year summer associate you make that amount as well.. which is around $30K for a summer.. it takes about 12 years to make partner there.. at which point you start making somewhere around $800K+ a year..

I was pleasantly surprised by these numbers.. For some reason I thought salaries in Miami would be way lower.. If in NYC and DC you start at around $125K.. making $115K in Miami is MUCH better considering the cost of living is cheaper and that we dont have city and state income taxes..

Sure, getting a job there is super competitive.. but I'm sure its comparable to other big firms in Miami..

Anyhow, just wanted to share.. :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: SHRN on April 15, 2005, 09:25:34 AM
OKay so last night I went to a Georgetown Alum mixer with Harvard Biz School Alums in South Florida.. I have been attending some of these events in the last couple of months to kinda network and meet people.. so one of my buddies is a Georgetown Alum that works at White and Case here in Miami.. so he put a few things in perspective..

Starting salaries for first year associates is $115,000 a year.. as a second year summer associate you make that amount as well.. which is around $30K for a summer.. it takes about 12 years to make partner there.. at which point you start making somewhere around $800K+ a year..

I was pleasantly surprised by these numbers.. For some reason I thought salaries in Miami would be way lower.. If in NYC and DC you start at around $125K.. making $115K in Miami is MUCH better considering the cost of living is cheaper and that we dont have city and state income taxes..

Sure, getting a job there is super competitive.. but I'm sure its comparable to other big firms in Miami..

Anyhow, just wanted to share.. :)


Did your friend mention how difficult it is to get that kind of money (at his firm or any other) coming out of U. of Miami?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 15, 2005, 09:38:57 AM
he said to be top of the class and law review..

I think that goes for almost any big firm though.. in NYC, DC, or here..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: SHRN on April 15, 2005, 09:45:10 AM
Thanks, good luck to you.  Who knows I might see you there.  The way things are going $$$ wise with my other schools, I'm thinking of applying to Miami just to see if they offer me any cash.  I know it's late as hell, but their deadline hasn't officially passed and my #'s are pretty good for them.  Got the waiver, can't hurt to try...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 15, 2005, 12:56:18 PM
some anecdotal information:

two co-workers who left to go to UM several years ago received starting offers of $125K.  don't know about their partnership track, but i'm sure it is pretty similiar.

it seems like the salaries are all there - but without the high cost of living.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 15, 2005, 01:26:04 PM
to those of you that are not in Miami right now..

the weather is absolutely perfect.. i'm sooooooo glad i decided to stay.. the beach right now is great.. its nice and sunny and not too hot.. we havent hit that "its too hot and humid and rainy season" yet... come visit!!

it really sucks to be at work.. i'm headign straight to the beach at 5pm.. now that the time changed.. the sun isnt setting till about 7:30-8pm..

Okay.. this is sappy.. maybe you have to be here to understand.. and you will soon...

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 16, 2005, 12:21:59 AM
OKay so last night I went to a Georgetown Alum mixer with Harvard Biz School Alums in South Florida.. I have been attending some of these events in the last couple of months to kinda network and meet people.. so one of my buddies is a Georgetown Alum that works at White and Case here in Miami.. so he put a few things in perspective..

Starting salaries for first year associates is $115,000 a year.. as a second year summer associate you make that amount as well.. which is around $30K for a summer.. it takes about 12 years to make partner there.. at which point you start making somewhere around $800K+ a year..

I was pleasantly surprised by these numbers.. For some reason I thought salaries in Miami would be way lower.. If in NYC and DC you start at around $125K.. making $115K in Miami is MUCH better considering the cost of living is cheaper and that we dont have city and state income taxes..

Sure, getting a job there is super competitive.. but I'm sure its comparable to other big firms in Miami..

Anyhow, just wanted to share.. :)



800K+ a year - is that a typo?

that's pretty incredible...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on April 16, 2005, 06:46:25 AM
I'm sure there are plenty of partners making 800k a year, but they're the partners with the big clients in the lucrative fields of the firm.  If you're in the firm doing real estate law and you're not bring in multimillions a year in revenue there is no way the firm will pay you that kind of money, I know some guys in real estate at the big law firms in Miami making 300k a year as partners while guys in the other parts of the firm are making over a million.  Depends were you want to specialize, and remember if you're not the guru its all about being a rainmaker or you never make partner.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Tony Brooks1 on April 16, 2005, 04:37:34 PM
gotta be honest and say that i am alittle pissed at miami...i was complete in late oct...i get a letter saying I'm a "hold" on Nov. 1...ok, fine i think..they need to evaluate their pool


so i wait
and wait



and wait



and wait




finally on april 13, I get a letter saying I'm a WL...

so i waited 4+ months to get a BS WL notification..give me a break
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on April 17, 2005, 05:59:42 PM
i heard their fall class is almost full.  i hope to at least hear something in the next few weeks.  i need some sort of closure.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 17, 2005, 06:17:14 PM
i heard their fall class is almost full.  i hope to at least hear something in the next few weeks.  i need some sort of closure.


would that also be the case for transfers?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 18, 2005, 09:26:54 PM
Has anybody looked at how expensive houses are to buy in Miami and how crappy most of them are.  I was looking at them for post law school life planning and I am worried about the quality of life I can afford in Miami.  The cheapest decent house that I wouldn't mind living in goes for around $400,000.  I could get the same house here in Raleigh for $200,000 bucks.  I really like Key Biscayne but crappy three bedrooms there go for over $1.3 million. 

Even if I get a great job paying $115k+ I will still probably have to rent or get a condo... that kinda sucks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 18, 2005, 09:35:18 PM
yep, the housing market is absolutely ridiculous right now.  i think the market should settle down a bit by the time we graduate, i just dont see how its possible for prices to continue to climb like they have over the past few years.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: SHRN on April 18, 2005, 09:50:29 PM
yep, the housing market is absolutely ridiculous right now. i think the market should settle down a bit by the time we graduate, i just dont see how its possible for prices to continue to climb like they have over the past few years.

I wouldn't be so sure about that - those baby boomers aren't gonna stop retiring any time soon.

I have lived in florida for the past few years and am absolutely amazed by the R.E. market.  Just buy anything from tampa to daytona on down (closer to the coast the better) and sell it for a 30 - 60% profit in 3 - 5 years.  I've seen it over and over again. 

One draw back, however, is the recent rise in insurance rates following the horrific hurricane season last year.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 18, 2005, 09:59:53 PM
http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/topzipcodes/

luckily we bought in May in the 33137 zip code... i wouldnt sell this condo for the world right now, and we have gotten some crazy offers.. i can't imagine what it'll be worth later on.. (plus if we sell.. there wouldnt be anything comparable to buy.. and one does need a place to live.. so its a sick cycle)

It really is insane.. most of the investors right now are European.. for example, a bunch of French people just bought the entire Fisher Island.. (its off of Miami Beach by the bay.. Oprah used to live there.. )

The only way real estate will become affordable again, in my opinion, is if the European market crashes and the dollar gets strong again and the European investors are forced to sell.. and for now that looks like a long shot.. but who knows..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on April 18, 2005, 11:35:42 PM
I have been having a hard time finding a place to live....I have a dog, but she is under 20 lbs (she actually only wieghs 7 lbs) and I wanted to live close to campus. I am willing to pay more money if there is security ie, an alarm system, gates, etc. Does anyone have any suggestions? I was just there recently and we went to dinner at this place called Houstons...there were some really nice apartment/condos in that area. I am not familiar with southern florida at all, and I want to live close to campus but not in a shady area. I was thinking about Brickell as well, although its further it has a lot of appeal...

Where are you guys looking? Someone mentioned that they recieved apartment information in the mail. I didn't! Did anyone else??
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 19, 2005, 08:40:28 AM
Where are you guys looking? Someone mentioned that they recieved apartment information in the mail. I didn't! Did anyone else??

You can view the apt. guide on this website:
http://www.law.miami.edu/admitted/

I dunno if its the same as the one in the mail or not.. but it should help..

The area around Houston's is Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.. there are some cute apts in the streets just north of it that are really cute.. I dunno about gated communities in that area.. maybe you can just find a place with an alarm maybe?? That area is really nice..

However, if you want you can check out crime stats on the miamidade.gov website... here is the link:
http://gisims2.miamidade.gov/MyNeighborhood/home.asp

Just type in the address or an intersection.. I wouldnt get too freaked out by the data.. i don't know how accurate or how often it is updated.. but it also allows you to see sexual offenders/predators that live in the area (with their pictures)..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on April 19, 2005, 08:58:08 AM
Whatever you do, don't buy real estate in Miami right now.  It's a huge real estate bubble, and the prices are going to come down over the next few years. Granted you're never going to get that home you could have bought in Coral Gables for 189k in 2000 again, but you're certainly not going to pay 515k that you would have to today, probably more in the ballpark of 300-350k in a few years.  By the time you graduate the homes will be more affordable, but if you buy now you're going to take a big loss if you have to sell when you graduate.  The entire Miami market is being bought by investors who are flipping on the closing day to someone else. All those condos and condo/hotels are going to crash in value, 90% are being bought by investors. With rising interest rates those guys are going to be sunk.  Foreclosures in Florida were up 42% last month, in CA it was up 45%, thats the first sign, these are Americans who are stretching to get into homes with ARMS instead of the traditional 30 year fixed and are finding they can't afford their homes as Greenspan raises rates and their arms go up as well, Greenspan is going to be raising all year, plus the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment last month reported that Consumer sentiment for investing in real estate is at a 25 year high, if you remember when the stock market bubble popped in 2000, Americans thought it was the best time to invest in the stock market were at 40 year highs.  These are all contrarian indicators, and needless to say short homebuilders now, and stay away from investing in real estate. Smart money is selling now to suckers who are buying at all-time highs.  Another telling sign is that major homebuilders are no longer exercising options on land because the prices are to high, they're waiting for a market correction to pick up that land much cheaper.  Just be careful, and I would rent not buy if you're going to lawschool in Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 19, 2005, 03:50:24 PM
well, i just wonder how anyone could afford buying a house and enroll in the university of miami.  that being said, i don't believe buying a house in miami is a bad idea -- you just have to be able to afford it.  how many of us are going to buy a five hundred thousand dollar house?  none.  if you buy a one hundred fifty thousand dollar house in south florida, i would bet it would appreciate over the next three years. 

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Whatever you do, don't buy real estate in Miami right now.  It's a huge real estate bubble, and the prices are going to come down over the next few years. Granted you're never going to get that home you could have bought in Coral Gables for 189k in 2000 again, but you're certainly not going to pay 515k that you would have to today, probably more in the ballpark of 300-350k in a few years.  By the time you graduate the homes will be more affordable, but if you buy now you're going to take a big loss if you have to sell when you graduate.  The entire Miami market is being bought by investors who are flipping on the closing day to someone else. All those condos and condo/hotels are going to crash in value, 90% are being bought by investors. With rising interest rates those guys are going to be sunk.  Foreclosures in Florida were up 42% last month, in CA it was up 45%, thats the first sign, these are Americans who are stretching to get into homes with ARMS instead of the traditional 30 year fixed and are finding they can't afford their homes as Greenspan raises rates and their arms go up as well, Greenspan is going to be raising all year, plus the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment last month reported that Consumer sentiment for investing in real estate is at a 25 year high, if you remember when the stock market bubble popped in 2000, Americans thought it was the best time to invest in the stock market were at 40 year highs.  These are all contrarian indicators, and needless to say short homebuilders now, and stay away from investing in real estate. Smart money is selling now to suckers who are buying at all-time highs. Another telling sign is that major homebuilders are no longer exercising options on land because the prices are to high, they're waiting for a market correction to pick up that land much cheaper.  Just be careful, and I would rent not buy if you're going to lawschool in Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 19, 2005, 03:51:58 PM
lol, goodluck finding a house for 150k.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 19, 2005, 04:00:08 PM
well, there are plenty of homes under 200k.  the point i was making, in response to thefloridaguy, is that few of us will be buying homes, and i would assume those of us that will buy will not be in the position to spend 500k.  we all talk about renting in brickell, coral gables, and coconut grove.  of course we will not be able to find comparable housing if we choose to buy in those same areas. 

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 19, 2005, 11:01:42 PM
i hear ya pumpkinfreak.  the good news is that the listings on miamiherald.com indicate that there is a lot of reasonably priced housing in coral gables and in coconut grove.  however, brickell is outrageous.  i make a bit of 30k a year now and wouldn't want to spend more than my 630 a month now -- i can't imagine spending over a thousand, which everything in brickell appears to be.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 20, 2005, 06:04:37 AM
i hear ya pumpkinfreak.  the good news is that the listings on miamiherald.com indicate that there is a lot of reasonably priced housing in coral gables and in coconut grove.  however, brickell is outrageous.  i make a bit of 30k a year now and wouldn't want to spend more than my 630 a month now -- i can't imagine spending over a thousand, which everything in brickell appears to be.

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i know it may hard or weird because you guys may not know anybody.. but staying in that price range is not that hard if you get a 2-bedroom and a roommate.. usually the difference between a 1 and 2 bedroom is a couple of hundred dollars...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 20, 2005, 06:38:40 AM
very true.

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i hear ya pumpkinfreak. the good news is that the listings on miamiherald.com indicate that there is a lot of reasonably priced housing in coral gables and in coconut grove. however, brickell is outrageous. i make a bit of 30k a year now and wouldn't want to spend more than my 630 a month now -- i can't imagine spending over a thousand, which everything in brickell appears to be.

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i know it may hard or weird because you guys may not know anybody.. but staying in that price range is not that hard if you get a 2-bedroom and a roommate.. usually the difference between a 1 and 2 bedroom is a couple of hundred dollars...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 20, 2005, 08:23:26 AM
i'm a bit bored on the real estate talk.. no offense..

But I was wondering if any of you know how they split the sections of our class? and how many sections there are??  Just curious..

I'm soo anxiously awaiting starting school already.. i know they say to relax and enjoy the last summer before law school.. but i'm not good at relaxing.. especially when i feel like i've begun my lame duck session at work.. no incentive to do an outstanding job.. so i've been shopping for law school items, while I still have an income.. but even thats getting boring.. anybody feel similarly?? or are most of you still in school and just studying hard for finals??

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Stegs on April 20, 2005, 09:24:51 AM
When are you leaving your job?  I haven't officially decided D-Day yet.  I need the cash, but fear my employer will say "see ya!" when I tell them I am going back to school.  No ambition to do anything, almost the equivalent of senioritis, but I still put a full effort into everything because it's not my style to act differently.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 20, 2005, 09:38:39 AM
My last day will be July 22nd.. I had to tell my boss about my plans because nobody in the office has any idea how to do my job.. and it'll take me a few months to train somebody.. so thats why I couldnt, in good conscience, give a two-week notice.. so now my work has kind of doubled and tripled since.. I still have all the same responsibilities plus I'm training different people to do my job... in addition, we're gonna start interviewing for entry-level positions and I'm the one thats going to start training the new employees.. so although i feel like i have senioritis(sp?) as well.. i have enough work to keep me busy.. but less motivation i guess..

by the way... if anybody knows anybody looking for an entry-level job in Miami that has studied abroad and/or has a degree in International Relations/Affairs.. tell them to check out this website: http://www.jsilny.com/html/employment.htm

We're gonna start interviewing for about 2-3 positions soon..


When are you leaving your job?  I haven't officially decided D-Day yet.  I need the cash, but fear my employer will say "see ya!" when I tell them I am going back to school.  No ambition to do anything, almost the equivalent of senioritis, but I still put a full effort into everything because it's not my style to act differently.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 20, 2005, 12:35:37 PM
i'm a bit bored on the real estate talk.. no offense..

But I was wondering if any of you know how they split the sections of our class? and how many sections there are??  Just curious..

I'm soo anxiously awaiting starting school already.. i know they say to relax and enjoy the last summer before law school.. but i'm not good at relaxing.. especially when i feel like i've begun my lame duck session at work.. no incentive to do an outstanding job.. so i've been shopping for law school items, while I still have an income.. but even thats getting boring.. anybody feel similarly?? or are most of you still in school and just studying hard for finals??



I have that info around here somewhere.  I'll look it up.  I believe there are something like 6 sections. Some classes have two sections while LRW has half sections.  I will try to dig up the info to tell you for sure.

OK, this is what I dug up (as of Spring Semester 2005).  There are 8 sections (I think 2 are part time) A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H.  For the required 1L courses there are two sections for each class (example: Criminal Procedure=Sections A and F together)while for the LRWII class the classes contain 1/2 of a section (A1 in one and A2 in another for example). 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 20, 2005, 12:57:56 PM

I have that info around here somewhere.  I'll look it up.  I believe there are something like 6 sections. Some classes have two sections while LRW has half sections.  I will try to dig up the info to tell you for sure.

OK, this is what I dug up (as of Spring Semester 2005).  There are 8 sections (I think 2 are part time) A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H.  For the required 1L courses there are two sections for each class (example: Criminal Procedure=Sections A and F together)while for the LRWII class the classes contain 1/2 of a section (A1 in one and A2 in another for example). 

Cool thanks!! Do you know if they randomly place us in a section? Do they compare our index numbers and mix them up? Is it done in alphabetical order? I don't think it really matters.. just curious how it works..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 20, 2005, 02:08:33 PM

I have that info around here somewhere.  I'll look it up.  I believe there are something like 6 sections. Some classes have two sections while LRW has half sections.  I will try to dig up the info to tell you for sure.

OK, this is what I dug up (as of Spring Semester 2005).  There are 8 sections (I think 2 are part time) A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H.  For the required 1L courses there are two sections for each class (example: Criminal Procedure=Sections A and F together)while for the LRWII class the classes contain 1/2 of a section (A1 in one and A2 in another for example). 

Cool thanks!! Do you know if they randomly place us in a section? Do they compare our index numbers and mix them up? Is it done in alphabetical order? I don't think it really matters.. just curious how it works..

I don't know how they split the sections.  I would hope they balance them out for the sake of the curve.  It would suck to be stuck in a section with Rhodes scholars and get curved down whereas you could get curved up in a "dumber" section.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 20, 2005, 03:34:49 PM
have any of the out-of-towners started looking for apartments yet?  i was thinking of using a referral/apt. finder service.  is this a good idea?  do you think they can find something pretty nice/cheap?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 20, 2005, 03:57:11 PM
have any of the out-of-towners started looking for apartments yet?  i was thinking of using a referral/apt. finder service.  is this a good idea?  do you think they can find something pretty nice/cheap?

Let me know if you find a good one.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on April 20, 2005, 04:30:53 PM
Hello all! So I'm officiall going to Miami in the fall. I can't wait! I never thought it would be the kind of city I would want to live in, but after visiting and reading about it, I stand corrected. I'm a little intimidated about finding an apartment, but I'm confident that it will work out. I'm 26, currently in Boston looking for a brief summer job. Spent the last few years in Japan. What else? I love books and music above all things, and wine just after. Proximity to the ocean is essential to me.  Right now as I'm typing this I'm looking out at boats going by.  :D My favorite foods are sushi, honest-to-G-d Italian food, and curry. Like a previous poster, I was a DJ during college, though I've lost any skills I might once have had. That's about it. Can't wait to meet you all. The prospective students I met while visiting were amazing, really nice and not at all arrogant. You all seem great too. Talk to you later.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 21, 2005, 04:37:48 PM
venicejazz, congratulations.  i like curry too!

just got the apartment guide in the mail today.  i thought it was interesting that they mention that the commute times listed are not rush hour approximations.  if you don't have it already, you should get it off their admitted students website.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 21, 2005, 05:19:29 PM
Hi Venicejazz..

i was the previous poster who Dj'ed once upon a time.. but also lived for two summers in japan (with japanese host families).. one in Kagoshima and one in Tsukuba (about an hour west of tokyo).. where abouts in japan were you?

Anyhow, welcome.. like you i think everybody I've met on here and on campus seemed great.. i cant wait to put faces to all these funky names on here..

good luck with job hunting in Boston and apt hunting in Miami!


Hello all! So I'm officiall going to Miami in the fall. I can't wait! I never thought it would be the kind of city I would want to live in, but after visiting and reading about it, I stand corrected. I'm a little intimidated about finding an apartment, but I'm confident that it will work out. I'm 26, currently in Boston looking for a brief summer job. Spent the last few years in Japan. What else? I love books and music above all things, and wine just after. Proximity to the ocean is essential to me.  Right now as I'm typing this I'm looking out at boats going by.  :D My favorite foods are sushi, honest-to-G-d Italian food, and curry. Like a previous poster, I was a DJ during college, though I've lost any skills I might once have had. That's about it. Can't wait to meet you all. The prospective students I met while visiting were amazing, really nice and not at all arrogant. You all seem great too. Talk to you later.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on April 21, 2005, 11:05:52 PM
Hi Venicejazz..

i was the previous poster who Dj'ed once upon a time.. but also lived for two summers in japan (with japanese host families).. one in Kagoshima and one in Tsukuba (about an hour west of tokyo).. where abouts in japan were you?

Anyhow, welcome.. like you i think everybody I've met on here and on campus seemed great.. i cant wait to put faces to all these funky names on here..

good luck with job hunting in Boston and apt hunting in Miami!


Hello all! So I'm officiall going to Miami in the fall. I can't wait! I never thought it would be the kind of city I would want to live in, but after visiting and reading about it, I stand corrected. I'm a little intimidated about finding an apartment, but I'm confident that it will work out. I'm 26, currently in Boston looking for a brief summer job. Spent the last few years in Japan. What else? I love books and music above all things, and wine just after. Proximity to the ocean is essential to me.  Right now as I'm typing this I'm looking out at boats going by.  :D My favorite foods are sushi, honest-to-G-d Italian food, and curry. Like a previous poster, I was a DJ during college, though I've lost any skills I might once have had. That's about it. Can't wait to meet you all. The prospective students I met while visiting were amazing, really nice and not at all arrogant. You all seem great too. Talk to you later.


So what type of music do you spin? Any Acosta in there?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on April 22, 2005, 06:01:12 AM
Hey thanks for the kind greetings. Djladyjo, it's cool that you were in Kagoshima. I had a lot of friends from there, although I never made it over. I was in the Inland Sea between Shikoku and Hiroshima. It was an incredibly tiny island. I kind of miss it sometimes and feel bad that I've lost touch with everyone. Anyone else feel that life moves by to quickly? On the other hand, that means that in a few short months we'll all be starting at Miami. Good luck finding your replacement. Sounds like an interesting job.
Hey casino, I wonder if there are any good places to get curry in the Gables. I've heard good Indian food is in relatively short supply in South Florida, but I'm sure there's got to be something out there!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 22, 2005, 06:20:39 AM
channa masala venice.  hook it up :D

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Hey thanks for the kind greetings. Djladyjo, it's cool that you were in Kagoshima. I had a lot of friends from there, although I never made it over. I was in the Inland Sea between Shikoku and Hiroshima. It was an incredibly tiny island. I kind of miss it sometimes and feel bad that I've lost touch with everyone. Anyone else feel that life moves by to quickly? On the other hand, that means that in a few short months we'll all be starting at Miami. Good luck finding your replacement. Sounds like an interesting job.
Hey casino, I wonder if there are any good places to get curry in the Gables. I've heard good Indian food is in relatively short supply in South Florida, but I'm sure there's got to be something out there!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 22, 2005, 08:40:49 AM
So what type of music do you spin? Any Acosta in there?

i dunno if that was directed at me or Jazz.. but no, it was mostly new wave and darkwave...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 22, 2005, 09:43:28 AM
I've heard good Indian food is in relatively short supply in South Florida, but I'm sure there's got to be something out there!

this is true.  imlee, which is down south in pinecrest, has been good the few times ive been, and theres a place called house of india in the gables somewhere that i think is supposed to be decent.  ive also been to anokha in the grove, but i thought it was kinda overpriced for the small portions(taste was good though).  i also used to eat at punjab palace, but i havent been there in years so i dont know if its still any good.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: sorority girl on April 22, 2005, 10:16:53 AM
Miami is generally deficient in ethnic foods (except latin food of course).  I have heard of a really good indian place on the northeast side.  (i.e. north of downtown on Biscayne). 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: MiamiHurricane on April 23, 2005, 08:27:10 AM
Punjab Palace on 117th and Kendall is really good.  They have halal meat, so if you are muslim, it is a good place to go.  I'm jewish and keep relatively kosher... will eat vegi out... and they have a really good vegitarian dinner.  House of India in the Gables is decent but not spectacular... nice atmosphere though.

I've never been to Imlee, but I know my fiance really liked it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 23, 2005, 09:36:34 AM
it is hard to beat an indian lunch buffet.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 23, 2005, 09:42:27 AM
imlee has an all you can eat lunch buffet.  ill have to check it out sometime
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 23, 2005, 09:56:02 AM
has anyone been the el palacio de los jugos, on flagler and 57 ave?  i know that good cuban food is not hard to find in miami, but that place is extra especial.  cheap too.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: FLA-Matt on April 24, 2005, 08:31:51 PM
Hey guys, I just discovered this board, damn this is cool  :). I just got two acceptance letters this past friday, to UM and FIU. I was already accepted to FSU, but I've always wanted to go to UM so I think that'll be my final decision. By the way, I'm 20 and graduating from FIU, I'm a paralegal now for a criminal defense atty in Miami. It's gonna be hard to turn down money from FIU to go to UM, but it's a choice I have to make soon.

Thought you all might find this interesting, I spoke with the ASA in Broward county who does the hiring/firing for their office and asked which school to go to. He said their order of preference is UF/FSU/Stetson/UM/everything else. Whatever, it's a good thing I don't plan to work for the evil empire  :P
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on April 24, 2005, 09:06:55 PM
Thought you all might find this interesting, I spoke with the ASA in Broward county who does the hiring/firing for their office and asked which school to go to. He said their order of preference is UF/FSU/Stetson/UM/everything else. Whatever, it's a good thing I don't plan to work for the evil empire  :P

Stetson over UM? That's odd.

They probably know that no Miami grads can afford to work for them.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: FLA-Matt on April 24, 2005, 09:14:58 PM
Stetson is ranked 2nd overall in the nation for advocacy, if I remember correctly. They have a very strong criminal law program, if it was closer to home and I could keep my job while going there then I would choose Stetson. That's ok, because I don't know many great attorneys down here who were ASAs in Broward. Most of the good criminal defense attorneys in South FL started out at the public defender's office in Miami. I recently met with Bennet Brummer (elected PD of Miami-Dade county) and he seems like a terrific guy to work for, everyone in their office loves him. You get some great trial experience there, even as a law student.

My boss went to UM and tried 14 life felonies to verdict as an intern for the PDs office. I recommend if you like criminal law to definately do a clinical at the State Attorney's Office or Public Defender's in Miami. I think the only way to learn is by real life application, not half the BS they'll try to forcefeed us in LS.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Tony Brooks1 on April 25, 2005, 04:52:54 PM
FLA-Matt:  What is odd about choosing Stetson over Miami?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 25, 2005, 06:01:43 PM
FLA-Matt:  What is odd about choosing Stetson over Miami?

was that directed at Pumpkinfreak, maybe?? Matt said he would go to Steson over Miami if it was closer to home...


On another note.. welcome to our corner of LSD, Matt.. i'm not personally interested in Crim Law, but apparently UM has some decent litigation skills program.. or so they had us believing at their open house.. they wouldnt shut up about it.. I dunno much about Stetson, though..  ???
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 25, 2005, 07:59:41 PM
right. and truthfully, it is not as if an employer is going to exhaust all of the candidates at school a, then go to school b, then c, and so forth.  regardless of the school one attends, the grades, principally, and all other factors go into the hiring of a candidate.

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FLA-Matt: What is odd about choosing Stetson over Miami?

was that directed at Pumpkinfreak, maybe?? Matt said he would go to Steson over Miami if it was closer to home...


On another note.. welcome to our corner of LSD, Matt.. i'm not personally interested in Crim Law, but apparently UM has some decent litigation skills program.. or so they had us believing at their open house.. they wouldnt shut up about it.. I dunno much about Stetson, though.. ???
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: FLA-Matt on April 25, 2005, 09:48:22 PM
Thanks for the welcome!

Casino, I wish you were right about hiring decisions. Throughout the course of working closely with the stat attorney's office over the past year I've had more than one conversation with their director of hiring. I'll tell you exactly what I was told- that any UF student will definately get an interview, all others are secondary at best. I even asked if I were to go to FSU and graduate around 50th percentile or go to FIU and graduate top 10 in my class which would be preferrable. I was told that without a doubt I should get the FSU degree, no matter my grades or class rank. I would think otherwise, but this is what I was told.

By my choice of either UM or FIU I think you can see what I think of that opinion, so take it for what you paid for it. But most people I know in private practice all tell me law school sucks bigtime and just get the degree as a means to an end, no need to worry about where it's from once you've landed your first job since no employer after you have your first job is going to even care where you went to law school. I tend to agree with these people more, but not to the point of attending St. Thomas or FL Coastal ;-)

Good to hear that UM has a great criminal law program, as of now that's going to be my area of study. But it's all I've been exposed to.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 25, 2005, 10:32:06 PM
fla-matt, i do agree with you.  i would, without a doubt, choose miami over fiu.  i guess i was referring more to the florida/fsu/miami/stetson debate, which has been discussed at length on this board.  while i have no knowledge of the criminal law programs of the above mentioned schools, i would assume, perhaps wrongly, that candidates from these schools would be looked at closely before automatically picking one individual over another.  and i was essentially referring to an extreme -- it is hard to believe that the individual with the lowest grades at stetson would be picked over the individual with the highest grades at miami.  i am not suggesting that you alluded to this, but i just wanted to clarify it a bit.

good luck with your choice!

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: KODIAK on April 26, 2005, 07:11:18 AM
What's up guys?  I've been reading this thread jealously for a while now.  Then yesterday I came home from work and there was the fat envelope.  In at UMiami!  I'm going to head down for a visit in the next couple of weeks.  Maybe I'll see a couple of you there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: GatorLCA on April 26, 2005, 07:52:03 AM
Perhaps the Broward State Attorney went to Stetson, and that is why he preferes their grads to the UM grads who are so abundant in the area. While that may be the hiring practices of the Broward county state attorney's office though, it is not the case for most firms in S.Fla. Having talked to several lawyers in the area, some who are partners at firms, and others who are judges and have been invovled with the Miami SAO, I was told that going to Miami gives you an egde, especially over stetson. Moreover, there are a sh*tload of Miami grads who do the hiring for firms throughout the area, and like any school, Miami grads will take care of their own. However, I also did hear that going to UF would be optimal (wish I would have known before it was too late), and that firms like Greenburg will choose UF grads over UM grads-though it obviously depends on where each applicant is situated in their class. But, most of these people said that there was no difference between UM and FSU, and that most of the firms look at them as comparable, especially in the S.Fla area.

Stetson was not viewed as highly by the people I talked to because it is not in the area, so there are not as many alums who support it. That is why Miami grads have the edge on the market. Once you go north of palm beach though, its a different story. But down there, many firms from Fowler White to Greenburg, take UM grads to be comprable to the other schools, and take UM grads to be at least as good, if not better than Stetson grads.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on April 26, 2005, 01:24:51 PM
ok i'm done with finals, and gaduation was on sat....I'm flying to Miami tonight, I'm on a mission to find a place....

Again people have been talking about the housing info they got in the mail. I never recieved this, and I printed the apartment guide off the website, but is there anything else in the housing packet I missed??

Does anyone have ANY suggestions for me to look into??
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on April 26, 2005, 01:31:42 PM
Does anyone know of places to purchase in the area, such as decent condo's or apartments...but nothing too expensive
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: GatorLCA on April 26, 2005, 02:10:09 PM
Holy crap! are people really looking for places already? who all is looking? just trying to get a feel. I did not want to get a place till closer to august (want to see if I get off of any waitlist by schools wher my girlfriend is going), but with everybody flying down right away, looks like I'll have to get one soon
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 26, 2005, 02:15:54 PM
keep us updated.

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ok i'm done with finals, and gaduation was on sat....I'm flying to Miami tonight, I'm on a mission to find a place....

Again people have been talking about the housing info they got in the mail. I never recieved this, and I printed the apartment guide off the website, but is there anything else in the housing packet I missed??

Does anyone have ANY suggestions for me to look into??
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 26, 2005, 02:43:23 PM
Everyone keeps asking about housing..

I think your best bet if renting, is to pick up the apt. guide and drive around looking at those listings first.. at least you'll know that other students will be in the area or building and how far you'll be from the university..

Second best bet, is to pick up a Miami Herald when you get down here and scout that out apts. that are in your price range..

Its really hard to give advice on where to live without knowing what kind of budget you're working on.. and where your preferences lie..

Here is some information based on MY own personal experiences.. I'm sure many people will have different opinions.. but I do live here and have many friends that rent apts on their own..

the Gables.. I don't know much about the immediate area around the univeristy (consult your guide for that).. but I do have lots of friends that live just north of Miracle Mile and west of 37th Avenue (this is still considered Coral Gables).. and they love it.. most of the apts are also very cute.. its a relatively safe area.. I think the worst crimes are probably cars getting broken into.. but that happens all over so its no big deal (you just learn to live with it and take the appropriate precautions).. This area is nice too because you have so many bars and restaurants in the area and you're very centrally located... No idea what the commute to the university would be like.. but i cant imagine it will take you more than 20 minutes..

the Beach (South Beach).. prices can range form $600 small studio to gazillions of dollars for a small studio in a nice condo.. parking is a female dog.. make sure you get your own spot if possible.. pros: you're at the Beach.. clubs, movies, ocean, restaurants, ice cream parlos, sandwich shops, tacky tourists.. they are all walking distance from your apt.. great vibe.. cons: PARKING, 3-day weekends means LOTS of traffic, dents in your car, ghetto-ness factor in the evenings.. Commute to the university should be around 30-45 minutes average (less with less traffic.. more with more traffic)..

Brickell.. Really nice condos.. water views.. you're isolated from the world and probably will live in a really nice upscalish community.. all your neighbors will drive really nice cars.. your building will probably have its own gym and pool.. its not cheap.. but if you can afford it, go for it.. its probabably one of the nicest locations in Miami.. you are also close to the university, south beach, key biscayne, the grove.. everywhere..

The Grove (Coconut Grove).. this is a really nice neighborhood, bordered by very bad neighborhoods.. so definately go check out an address and take a look at the surrounding areas before picking a place here.. this area has many restaurants, bars, clubs, movie theatres, etc.. and tourists.. its like a mini south beach without the beach.. although there are Marinas and bay-side bars.. prices can vary, but you wanna pay for something nice in this area.. i have never heard of a cheap apt. in this area that wasnt sketchy.. also, traffic can be horrendous on weekends and holidays.. Many people migrate from the western areas (i.e. Kendall) to go out in the Grove.. so lots of traffic all the time..

Kendall.. (yuck).. I can say that cause i was born and raised in this western part of Miami.. its more affordable.. very suburban..not much in the sense of "going out".. if you want strip malls, chain restaurants, department stores and the like.. this is it.. Depending where in Kendall you are, the commute can be anywhere from 20 mins. to an hour..  most Kendall-ites live out west and work in the city (East).. so everyone is commuting in the same direction as you.. so although, you may not be so far away, traffic is gonna be a killer.. I'd say only live there if you're on a tight budget and like to spend time in your car (get satellite radio... makes being in traffic bearable!)...

HmmMM.. those are probably the areas that you may want to stick too.. there are other neighborhoods (obviously)... but none that come to mind right now.. well I guess other than where I live.. its the "new" up and coming area of Miami.. currently under lots of construction.. in 5 years, when most of it will be complete, it will be an area of very expensive and posh condo apt. buildings.. I'm talkign about the "Biscayne Corridor".. although they are trying to call it "Midtown Miami".. whatever.. its the area East of Biscayne Boulevard between 19th and 36th Street.. its on the bay and you usually have views of the bay and South Beach across it.. up until 3 years ago this was a very bad neighborhood, lots of crime, prostitution, etc....but since all the new developments and condos have started to go up.. its become a fairly nice area.. so you can (maybe) get a decent apt. around there for now.. in a few years, this area will probably not be as affordable.. pros: great views of downtown and south beach, close to the Metro (Omni station) and you are less than 5 minutes from the Design District, South Beach, Downtown and I-95 .. cons: there are no decent supermarkets nearby, its still not the nicest area in Miami, lots of construction going on (my allergies are killing me) and uhm.. traffic can be a pain where there is a Miami Heat game at the AA Arena.. heh..

Okay I gotta get back to work.. but if you have any specific questions.. i can try and answer them too..

Good luck.. i cant imagine looking for housing in a city i've never lived in..

Oh.. somebody the other day asked me about utilities.. here is a list of what I pay a month.. so you guys can get an idea this is for.. an 800 sq. foot apt:

Basic Cable/Internet Cable (Comcast): $95/month
Electricity (FPL): $70-100/month (depends on the season)

I actually dont have a land line so i dunno what phone service costs... and water is included in my maintenance bill... and is usually included in your rent...

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: RED1 on April 26, 2005, 04:12:55 PM
fla-matt, i do agree with you.  i would, without a doubt, choose miami over fiu.  i guess i was referring more to the florida/fsu/miami/stetson debate, which has been discussed at length on this board.  while i have no knowledge of the criminal law programs of the above mentioned schools, i would assume, perhaps wrongly, that candidates from these schools would be looked at closely before automatically picking one individual over another.  and i was essentially referring to an extreme -- it is hard to believe that the individual with the lowest grades at stetson would be picked over the individual with the highest grades at miami.  i am not suggesting that you alluded to this, but i just wanted to clarify it a bit.

good luck with your choice!

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Casino I agree with your way of thinking. I would think those who hire take closer looks at resumes, grades, and credentials. Not some standard ranking of school.

First of all, I would avoid FIU at all cost even if it is lower tuition.  Firms are businesses and as I have been told hiring partners are going to go with known commodities the majority of the time over a school they are unfamiliar with.  They will always hire from their own schools they attended and other schools they are familiar with.  FIU I don't believe is even accredited, has no reputation, and no alumni.  Even if you finish top 10% at FIU I would think alot of doors are still closed, and grads at the other schools will always be preferred if they finished halfway decent in their class.
Now as far as Stetson being preferred over UM at the state attorneys office this could be for a variety of reasons.  Such as students at UM prefer to chose higher paying big firm jobs and maybe you wont find too many applying for a staff attorney position which isn't too coveted. And if they are, maybe they were the slackers who didn't do too well.
That being said, there is no exact science to who people prefer to hire.  It depends on who you talk to, what area of law, where you want to work, etc.
In my opinion and my research Stetson is far behind the other big 3 law schools in Florida
For example Peer assessment - To me this is the most important category in the US. News rankings.  This is who will be hiring you and what they think of your school(Lawyers and Judges-the second column)
Stetson (2.1 and 2.5)
UM      (2.8 and 3.0)
UF      (3.1 and 3.1) not sure of UF's really
FSU     (2.7 and 2.8) 

I have also talked to lawyers who say avoid Stetson as well and they are not impressed with attorneys who come out of there.
Anyways achieve top 10% at all 4 schools and you will have no problem getting the great job. However, the majority who don't that is when it becomes dicey to finding a job with the rest of the masses.  There is no way a Stetson grad will be preferred over a top 10% student at UM. That is crazy. It is probably because the top 10% student is making over 100,000 in biglaw and not looking to work as a staff state attorney.  Also, Stetson places mostly in Tampa and some in Orlando.  They only have a couple houndred lawyers in Broward compared to UM's 1200.  So once you are out of the top 10-15% in your class I would say UM is ahead of job placement over FSU and easily over Stetson in my opinion and research in the South Florida Market.  FSU doesn't have many lawyers working in South Florida either (about 600 in Palm, Broward, and Dade total)

My humble opinion
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankcable on April 26, 2005, 04:51:55 PM
I got accepted to UM back in February and had no idea this bulletin board was even out there.  Ive spent the last three months banging my head against a wall trying to figure out where the hell I should go to law school (let alone why - talk about doom and gloom).  I won't even be able to visit Miami until late May, so I can't beleive people are already talking about housing on this site.  You guys are scaring me.  Any advice for a newbie trying to figure out the best parts of town to look in?  Though I have lived in big cities before, I live in a small town now and have been spoiled by not having to commute.  Any hope of that continuing?

Also, my girlfriend is trying to get into the nursing program at Barry.  Anybody know anything about that school?  Is it any good?  She is dying to know but damn its hard to find any info on the net.  Ah, well.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 26, 2005, 04:57:23 PM
I get the impression that cars get broken into a lot in Miami. My husband and I have nice cars - where are the safest places to live? I've been broken into twice in LA, so now I just don't keep anything visible.

And is kendall really that bad? It seems pretty cheap, so I guess there's a reason why.

And, how is craiglist for apt. hunting? Seems they have a decent number of listings, but hard to tell how good they are.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankcable on April 26, 2005, 05:00:45 PM
Oh, yeah!  One other thing.  How mny of you got scholarships?  Not the Federal stuff, mind you, but an honest to God scholarship.  Just curious.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 26, 2005, 05:02:04 PM
I got $16K per year, renewable if i maintain a B average. I'm still amazed they gave me that much, but I'm not complaining!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 26, 2005, 05:11:04 PM
Re. apt hunting: Should I call management companies before flying out and set up appts or just drive around and drop in? I have no idea how competitive the market is out there for apts. Oh, and how likely is it to find move in specials where they give you a months rent free? My friend in Palm Beach says that it's pretty common up there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 26, 2005, 05:13:10 PM
I get the impression that cars get broken into a lot in Miami. My husband and I have nice cars - where are the safest places to live? I've been broken into twice in LA, so now I just don't keep anything visible.

And is kendall really that bad? It seems pretty cheap, so I guess there's a reason why.

And, how is craiglist for apt. hunting? Seems they have a decent number of listings, but hard to tell how good they are.

hmm.. safest=brickell.. or as long as you live somewhere with parking garages/or secure parking lots, you should be okay.. and a lot of the condos have that.. just make sure to ask if your apt. comes with a parking spot or how much it would cost a month.. on South Beach, parking spots dont usually come included in rent.. and you have to pay extra (sometimes $300-500 more a month).. or at other places, you only get one spot.. and have to pay more for an extra.. since you guys have two cars, ask about that wherever you're renting..

Kendall probably isnt THAT bad.. i just hated growing up in the suburbs.. i have all sorts of teenage angst that i associate with the place..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 26, 2005, 05:19:24 PM
Re. apt hunting: Should I call management companies before flying out and set up appts or just drive around and drop in? I have no idea how competitive the market is out there for apts. Oh, and how likely is it to find move in specials where they give you a months rent free? My friend in Palm Beach says that it's pretty common up there.

I've never used a management company so i dont know one way or another.. when i was hunting for an apt, they had advertised move-in sales at some condos.. but we figured out that if you wanted the 2 months free (which are usually the last two months) you have to pay like $100 or so more a month ($100x12=$1200).. so it made no sense... Maybe in some places its legit.. but not the places we looked at (this was about a a year and a half ago, by the way)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 26, 2005, 05:21:18 PM
It does seem like a bit of a waste to go to school in Miami and then live in the suburbs. Oh, I'm so confused about this whole apt thing! I guess I'll just have to judge when i fly out in June. Thanks for all the advice everyone :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 26, 2005, 06:24:17 PM
miami is one big suburb by the beach.

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It does seem like a bit of a waste to go to school in Miami and then live in the suburbs. Oh, I'm so confused about this whole apt thing! I guess I'll just have to judge when i fly out in June. Thanks for all the advice everyone :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cuse05 on April 27, 2005, 09:03:29 AM
do any of ya'll know anything about key biscayne? my parents are thinking about getting a condo down there and i could just use it for law school. what is the commute like etc...?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ACore on April 27, 2005, 09:19:18 AM
do any of ya'll know anything about key biscayne? my parents are thinking about getting a condo down there and i could just use it for law school. what is the commute like etc...?


Key Biscayne is a very nice part of Miami, albeit, very expensive. You shouldn't have too bad of a commute since you will be going against rush hour traffic when you go to and leave school. My guess would be probably between 15 and 20 minutes depending how far down on the island you live.

I also would like to add on that Kendall is a relatively nice area to live if you are looking in Miami. I have lived there for the past 20 years or so and have never had a problem. The average commute to my office at UM runs about 15 minutes (30 if in rush hour traffic.) If you are looking in the Kendall area,  do not tread much further west than 117 avenue. There has been an enourmous boom in housing in that area, and as of right now, there is no way to alleviate the traffic of all of those people heading East towards US 1 or the Palmetto.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: FLA-Matt on April 27, 2005, 11:57:40 AM
For the individual who asked about safety, that's really not an issue in Miami. It's true that Miami is stocked full of criminals but most of it is non-violent scams and rackets (it's hard to understand the extent without living here and seeing it firsthand). As far as violence, my office is located right by the federal courthouse in the heart of downtown Miami, we have had occasional problems with the homeless and crazies...but only if you're walking the streets. Stay out of the ghetto and you won't have a problem, also keep off the streets at night. Some junkies tried robbing my parents a few years ago in Miami because they had parked in a bad area at night to go see an ice skating event. The area has improved somewhat, but all the areas listed in the previous posts are plenty safe, like most other suburbs. As long as you are careful in the downtown area near the courthouses you should be fine. Also, if you're responsible it's fairly easy to get a concealed weapons permit down here and MANY people have them in FL. That's the reason my parents walked away safely from their would-be muggers/rapists.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: FLA-Matt on April 27, 2005, 12:22:11 PM
I'm starting to lean more towards FIU. I had a long talk with my boss yesterday, he went to UM and graduated Magna Cum Laude but hated it. He says they will overcharge you at every opportunity and treat you like a number, at times it seems they're working against you. He will have paid a total of $269,000 in loans back when you factor in interest. That's friggin' crazy!

I've always wanted to go to UM, so I'm not drinking the hatoraide. When I appled for undergrad I was accepted with a 50% scholarship and all kinds of grants and financial aide, then when I went to go pay for classes in the summer they told me I owed around $20,000! I was shocked and thought there was a mistake, but what occurred is that they cancelled half my aide and never had the courtesy to let me know. That very same day I drove out to FIU and accepted the full scholarship they had offered me and picked my classes. Remembering this makes me wonder if I want to be obligated to these people for over $100,000...

I'm wondering why I should pay $31,000+ a year when I can pay $8,000 and get the same BAR ID card as everyone else. All these pipedreams about coming out of lawschool and taking a $120,000 per year job are only conjecture from what I see, and far from reality. A past associate from my office is the daughter of a major bank's CEO and recently got a job in banking litigation with a large firm. She works hard and makes around $85,000 after two years experience in criminal defense (and graduated from UF). Oh, and that is with some major connections which most of us don't have. I'm not trying to burst anyone's bubble, but you're not going to make $100,000+ fresh out of law school in Miami or anywhere else in FL. The good attorneys in my office have been in private practice less than 5 years and are making around $250,000- both in civil and criminal.

I'm rambling at this point, but I'd hate for anyone to go in debt for $100,000+ with the EXPECTATION of getting a six figure salary their first year so they can pay it off and live well. UM is a good school, but very expensive, that's all I'm saying.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 27, 2005, 12:53:14 PM
If your parents are willing/able to buy you a condo on Key Biscayne, TAKE IT!! Its one of the nicest, most posh areas to live in Miami..

do any of ya'll know anything about key biscayne? my parents are thinking about getting a condo down there and i could just use it for law school. what is the commute like etc...?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ACore on April 27, 2005, 01:16:37 PM
I'm starting to lean more towards FIU. I had a long talk with my boss yesterday, he went to UM and graduated Magna Cum Laude but hated it. He says they will overcharge you at every opportunity and treat you like a number, at times it seems they're working against you. He will have paid a total of $269,000 in loans back when you factor in interest. That's friggin' crazy!



While I have no problems with FIU (I received my undergrad there too.) I wouldn't be able to justify picking that school over UM.  FIU will be graduating their first law class this year. Additionally, there are not many hiring partners that are familiar with the quality of education that FIU offers. When you graduate, you basically will only have 3 years worth of alumni that can vouch for the program.

In the long run though, I do believe that FIU will surpass many of the schools in Florida. It does offer a huge cost advantage, plus the benefit of living in one of the top legal markets in Florida. I just wouldn't recommend going there right now.

Did you get accepted to any other schools that can give you in-state tuition? If you are concerned about price, perhaps you may want to consider those options further.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 27, 2005, 02:03:57 PM
For those of you who have visited the campus, how close is the gym to the law school (minutes-wise)? It looks close on the map, but that doesn't mean anything. And do any of you know how crowded it gets?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: MiamiHurricane on April 27, 2005, 02:35:10 PM
The gym is about a 5 minute walk from the law school. You just walk out from behind the UC, around the lake, and across the Stanford parking lot.

It's pretty big, so the crowding isn't terrible.  If you want to get on an eliptical or a treadmill, you need to call and reserve one in advance.  Otherwise... at least as of last year...there was always a bike available.  I also never really had any problem lifting there.  There was usually a bench available and you could always work your way into the machine circuit.

The only bad thing is that the gym is a constant fashion show, but that's Miami for you.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 27, 2005, 04:11:07 PM
If you want to get on an eliptical or a treadmill, you need to call and reserve one in advance.  Otherwise... at least as of last year...there was always a bike available.

are you serious? thats kinda funny.. i mean, i understand reserving a court for tennis or racketball or something.. but an elliptical and a treadmill?? anyhow.. i guess i'll be one of those.. working out clears my mind and energizes me.. and I think i'll be needing a lot of that my first year..

Also, do they have TV's by the machines like they do at regular gyms?  I need to be distracted by something to avoid boredom.. i could always take some music and/or a magazine.. but watchign tv while on a machine is fun.. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 27, 2005, 04:19:25 PM
When does the gym open, anyone know? I hate morning workouts, but guess I'll have to get used to 6 am runs :( (I'm assuming it opens at 6 am or earlier)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 27, 2005, 04:42:15 PM
FLA-Matt, i think you are somewhat mistaken about salaries.  just look at nalpdirectory.com or any other similar site and you can see that all of the big firms in miami pay $105,000+ starting.  if you want to go into govt or public interest of course you wont make near that, but saying that people are delusional if they expect six figures is just wrong.  in addition, all of the big firms do oci at miami, so if you do well, you will get a job at one of them.

just look at a few of these salaries for miami firms:

 Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    $2,019    $2,019
  2L summer $/week:    $2,019    $2,019
  POST-3L summer $/week:         
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $105,000    $105,000
Entry level associates receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus.

 Carlton Fields

SALARY INFORMATION:
       2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    1500    1500
  2L summer $/week:    1500    1500
  POST-3L summer $/week:         
  Entry - Level base $/year:    93000    105000
$5,000 sign-on bonus for law graduates, judicial clerks, and LL.M. candidates.

 Holland & Knight - Miami
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    $2,000    $2,000
  2L summer $/week:    $2,000    $2,000
  POST-3L summer $/week:         
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $110,000*    $110,000*
*Includes a $5,000 starting bonus.

 Hunton & Williams LLP - Miami Office
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    1,800    TBD
  2L summer $/week:    1,800    TBD
  POST-3L summer $/week:    1,800    TBD
  Entry - Level base $/year:    110,000    TBD

 Jorden Burt LLP
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:         
  2L summer $/week:    $2,000    TBD
  POST-3L summer $/week:    $2,000    TBD
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $110,000    TBD
2004 starting base salary was $110,000; additional compensation includes $5,000 starting bonus, plus year-end performance bonus, judicial clerkship bonus

 Steel Hector & Davis LLP
 SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    $1,700    $1,800
  2L summer $/week:    $1,700    $1,800
  POST-3L summer $/week:    $1,700    $1,800
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $105,000    $110,000
First year associates salary is $110,000. An additional $5,000 sign-on bonus

 WHITE & CASE LLP - MIAMI
 SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:         
  2L summer $/week:    $2,211    $2,211
  POST-3L summer $/week:    $2,211    $2,211
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $115,000    $115,000
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 27, 2005, 04:55:42 PM
From what I've been told the 1L summer positions are virtually impossible to get. Is this true? Do they even recruit from UM or give those jobs to T14 students?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 27, 2005, 06:01:14 PM
here is the link to the hours of operation at the wellness center.  http://www.miami.edu/UMH/CDA/UMH_Main/0,1770,2538-1;2534-2;308-3,00.html 

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When does the gym open, anyone know? I hate morning workouts, but guess I'll have to get used to 6 am runs :( (I'm assuming it opens at 6 am or earlier)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 27, 2005, 06:08:00 PM
ipod djladyjo, ipod!!!

i am sure that you don't have to call and make an appointment to use a treadmill.  most gyms have a sign-in sheet attatched the the machine, or available with a manager in the exercise area.  that being said, i hate to work out at university gyms during peak hours.  tulane's gym, which is very nice, was always a struggle in the early evenings.  i think mornings or mid-mornings are always the best.  studies show that if you work out before you eat, you burn more fat too! ;)

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If you want to get on an eliptical or a treadmill, you need to call and reserve one in advance. Otherwise... at least as of last year...there was always a bike available.

are you serious? thats kinda funny.. i mean, i understand reserving a court for tennis or racketball or something.. but an elliptical and a treadmill?? anyhow.. i guess i'll be one of those.. working out clears my mind and energizes me.. and I think i'll be needing a lot of that my first year..

Also, do they have TV's by the machines like they do at regular gyms? I need to be distracted by something to avoid boredom.. i could always take some music and/or a magazine.. but watchign tv while on a machine is fun..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: FLA-Matt on April 27, 2005, 08:25:22 PM
Cascagrossa,

Thanks for posting that. From what I hear the only way to get into those firms making anything close to that is by interning there first, and we all know how competitive that is. Also, beware because a lot of times they include "anticpated" bonuses into that amount which you are required to work ungodly hours to earn. If you work it out to an hourly salary you're not making as much as it seems when you pull in $105,000 per year and work 80 hours a week. But if you can land a job with one of those firms and you're happy, then God bless you and I wish you the best of luck. The mean salary for attorneys in Miami is $78,000- I feel that I'm kidding myself if I think I can make more than that my first year. This isn't a knock on me, I feel very confident in my abilities, but I know some damn good lawyers with more experience than any of us who have to hustle pretty hard to earn the $150,000 or $200,000 that they're banking.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 27, 2005, 08:39:53 PM
ipod djladyjo, ipod!!!


LOL.. yeah i've actually been looking at iPods this week.. I'm a big fan of radios (satellite radio rocks!).. for some insane reason, i hate choosing the songs I listen too.. i think its the fact that my musical tastes vary from all parts of the spectrum, and I'm rarely in the mood to just listen to one type of music.. that making a decision as to what i hear becomes stressful, and i find myself hoping the song will end soon so that i can pick another one already **I know, i'm weird**.. but alas, satellite radio will not get reception in libraries or gyms, nor is it as portable as the cute lil iPods.. soooooo on that note.. any recommendations?? All the iPods sound great to me..

The new photo iPod is really cool, but do i REALLY need to see pics on my iPod?? I'll always have my laptop nearby and I cant justify the use of the Photo Ipod feature.. its like camera phones.. I have one.. but do i use it?? not really.. 

the regular Ipod is cool and classic.. but then i see the mini's and the shuffle and I realize that they hold enough music for me and they are way more portable (thats convenient for the gym).. and if space is a problem I can always swap out the songs with whatever i have on my laptop..

Okay.. i'm definately getting one... question is which one?? HmMMm.. any thoughts?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 27, 2005, 08:45:39 PM
yea, you have to be a competitive candidate to get a job at one of those firms.  id imagine youd have to be in the top 25% to have a good chance and im sure law review is preferred.

i do agree with you that everyone has to find their own balance between salary and quality of life.  right now my plan is to go for the highest paying job i can get after graduation.  my rationale for that is that ill be young and without serious commitments, so ill be able to deal with some bad hours for several years while i stuff a ton of money in the bank.  i tend to live pretty frugally as it is, and in my mid 20s i dont expect to have many expenses so i think id be able to build up a nice little chunk of money.

after doing that for a while ill see where i am in life and decide what i want to do next.  maybe ill love big firm life, maybe ill be on track to partnership, maybe ill leave for a smaller firm, maybe ill go in house somewhere, maybe i wont practice law at all, i really dont know right now. 

btw, all the cardio machines in the wellness center are in a row facing tv's and the interior of the gym so you can either watch the tube or the people working out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on April 27, 2005, 11:55:08 PM
i have had the mini since the winter holidays, and i must say, it truly is one of the nicest pieces of electronic equipment i have ever had.  now, the regular ipod does fit quite a bit more music, however the mini is ideal for working out, which was most important to me.  unfortunately, updating my ipod is not the easiest because i keep a lot of my music, and all of my new music, on an external hard drive, and because of the amount of information that is able to pass through my usb ports at one time, i am forced to transfer music from my external to my computer and then to my ipod when updating.  this may or may not affect you though.

regardless, definitely get the mini. 

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ipod djladyjo, ipod!!!


LOL.. yeah i've actually been looking at iPods this week.. I'm a big fan of radios (satellite radio rocks!).. for some insane reason, i hate choosing the songs I listen too.. i think its the fact that my musical tastes vary from all parts of the spectrum, and I'm rarely in the mood to just listen to one type of music.. that making a decision as to what i hear becomes stressful, and i find myself hoping the song will end soon so that i can pick another one already **I know, i'm weird**.. but alas, satellite radio will not get reception in libraries or gyms, nor is it as portable as the cute lil iPods.. soooooo on that note.. any recommendations?? All the iPods sound great to me..

The new photo iPod is really cool, but do i REALLY need to see pics on my iPod?? I'll always have my laptop nearby and I cant justify the use of the Photo Ipod feature.. its like camera phones.. I have one.. but do i use it?? not really..

the regular Ipod is cool and classic.. but then i see the mini's and the shuffle and I realize that they hold enough music for me and they are way more portable (thats convenient for the gym).. and if space is a problem I can always swap out the songs with whatever i have on my laptop..

Okay.. i'm definately getting one... question is which one?? HmMMm.. any thoughts?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 28, 2005, 11:53:12 AM
When are the non-Florida residents changing drivers licenses and insurance? I need to wait until January, since my car insurance is paid through Jan. Does FL have any weird requirements about that stuff? When I moved to CA I kept my VT license for 5 months with no issues, so I assume the same is true of FL, especially since I'll be considered a student.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dbtb05 on April 28, 2005, 06:52:58 PM
When are the non-Florida residents changing drivers licenses and insurance? I need to wait until January, since my car insurance is paid through Jan. Does FL have any weird requirements about that stuff? When I moved to CA I kept my VT license for 5 months with no issues, so I assume the same is true of FL, especially since I'll be considered a student.

I wasn't planning on becoming a Florida resident.  At least not until I take a job in FL...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on April 29, 2005, 02:27:39 PM
Anyone play tennis??

I've been taking lessons for a few months now.. i'm not that great yet.. but i've been taking private lessons once a week and attending tennis clinics twice a week.. so if i keep that up, i'll probably be a pretty decent (not great) player by the time school starts..

Anyhow, I'm REALLY liking the workout from tennis as opposed to a regular gym workout.. so if anybody is ever up for a game between classes or something, definately let me know.. they have a whole tennis center near the law school...

One of the reasons I chose Miami was because of their awesome athletic facilities.. I really wanted to move to NYC so when I got into Brooklyn it was a hard choice.. but it finally came down to going to school at a huge pretty campus with tons of facilities vs. going to school in ONE buidling.. and well other factors came into play.. but that was the big one..



Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on April 29, 2005, 03:13:08 PM
funny that you should mention tennis, i was actually planning to start playing again once i get back to miami.  i used to play competitively but i havent played in YEARS, so im sure i really suck now.  we'll have to play some time.

speaking of sports, does anyone rock climb?  theres a place called x-treme rock ( http://www.x-tremerock.com/ ) out by the tamiami airport that is pretty cool.  i used to go fairly often and id like to start going regularly, so if anyone wants to give it a try let me know.  im going to try to make it out there 2x/week.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 29, 2005, 03:28:01 PM
I bet UM has a nice track, but can anyone use it to run (provided no one's practicing of course). UCLA has an awesome track and when I lived near campus I used to run up there even though i wasn't a student. Running outside is a million times better than on a treadmill.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on April 29, 2005, 05:49:11 PM
You already have a place? Now I am totally freaking out. I'm praying that 1 1/2 months is enough time to get a place, since I'm flying there 6/2.

I doubt I'll be drinking much. I used to drink a lot and then stopped and when I was in China last week, I must've had 10 beers and was hung over (couldn't leave the hotel room!) for 1 1/2 days. So bad, since it sorta screwed up part of my vacation. I was like, "that's it. I'm done with this crap." I say that every time this happens :)

I'm moving out the week of 7/17. I CANNOT wait. It's so hard to motivate myself to go to work and i have 10 weeks left :(
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 01, 2005, 06:51:22 PM
I am lookngi for a 1-2 bedroom as new as possible and as safe as possible while still being affordable.  I am from Texas so I dont mind the strip malls etc.  Does this mean I should look in Kendall?  I will also try the Grove, Brickell, and prob. the Gables just in case.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 01, 2005, 10:13:22 PM
From what i have been experiencing looking at places i'll give you guys some heads up:

 Kendall - not so safe. There is a reason why this area is cheaper. Traffic is bad and it will take you forever to get to school.

 Coral Gables- Close to school. Some of the places are nice, but outrageously priced. That stupid online apartment guide from the website- prices have gone up even higher than is written in it. I found a condo to rent near school, its small and expensive but its close to school and i convinced the owner to allow my dog. I think i might sign the lease tomorrow.

 Brickell- ten minute drive to campus. Nice safe secure buildings. Look online at condocommando.com or something like that, or apartmentguide.com. They have the pictures and phone numbers of these buildings and floorplans, etc. Most of these places ask for a $200 non-refundable application fee just to get on the waiting list. I found a nice place on the bay but it is really expensive, like $1200 a month. I am on the waiting list and they probably wont tell me until last minute if they have a unit available for me - IF they have a unit available. I dont want to wait until the last minute to get a place. I'm moving from Michigan and I dont want to be coming down here with my whole life packed into boxes without a place to live.

 South Beach- further away from school and even more expensive. Studios start at $1050 a month.

 Honestly I am used to high rent prices - I lived in ann arbor and the prices are outrageous, but this is worse. Do not expect to find a decent place for less than $800, unless you get a roomate. I am assuming most of you are living alone like I am. Don't just take my word for it though, really look around. I am so tired of calling places and dealing with these leasing offices. They are really busy right now and have bad attitudes.

 If you are expecting to find a place close to school I encourage you to look now. Keep in mind that there is a huge amount of undergraduate, graduate, and MBA students looking for places all at the same time in the same areas. I dont want to stress anyone out now, but then again, if you wait until the last minute you will be stressed out when you do it.

 HOWEVER, a LOT of places, especially in Brickell, told me that they will not know what is available to rent in july and august until two weeks before that time. They do not require their current tennants to notify them of lease renewals until 30 days in advance. This means that a lot of places could/will have openings for rentals, but you will have to wait until the last minute. So those of you that wait until the last minute will get places, dont worry. It just might not be the nicest or cheapest or closest to campus that is out there.

 Personally I like to do things ahead of time, but maybe it is smart to wait. All I know is that the places directly across from campus are already filled for next year, with waiting lists 30 people long. So obviously a lot of people are looking in advance.For example - University Inn is directly across from campus. It is in a safe area, super close to school, and it is really nice. There is a gate to park and security to get into the building, but a one bedroom apartment is renting for $1395!!! I think that is completly outrageous, especially because it is only 600 square feet.

 I hope this helps, but I dont want to stress anyone out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 02, 2005, 09:07:06 AM
Linzy, did you call a bunch of leasing companies before you went out to look for a place or did you just drive around when you were there?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 02, 2005, 10:36:22 AM
I did both. I looked at a bunch of places online, rent.com, rentnet.com, etc. I called to set up appointments to view the apartments and to get complete rental information. I also called to see what was available. I stoped at a CVS and picked up a free apartment guide. That helped, but there are not so many places in there. (I had a harder time because I have a dog). If you are do not know your way around, do not go down and just drive around- research places on the net and call for appointments, otherwise its a waste of a day.

Mapquest where these addresses are, and put in the law school address 1311 miller rd (i think) coral gables, 33146. It will give you driving directions and a map, but most importantly it will tell you exactly how many miles away from school the place is. Remember the traffic on US-1 is heavy, especially during peak times, so if you get a place further from campus expect to spend a while commuting each day to school.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 02, 2005, 10:58:18 AM
Cool. Thanks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 02, 2005, 11:11:46 AM
i am thinking about spending a few days to a week in miami the first week of june, hoping to sign a lease to be able to move in in july.  hopefully i will have some luck, although i know i will have to accept the fact that miami is quite a bit more expensive than new orleans.  the move is definitely the one aspect of this whole process that i am not looking forward to.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 02, 2005, 11:28:43 AM
Casca:

Awesome! yay! I have someone to play tennis with.. Actually I was also looking at UM's website, and for $5/semester they have practice clinics twice a week in the evenings for Beginners/Intermediate and Advanced..

Considering I pay $15-25 per clinic at South Beach and Brickell.. $5 a semester is an awesome deal..

I think i've been to that rock climbing place.. not sure if its the same one, but I once went to a HUGE warehouse out west somewhere (dont remember the exact location).. it was tons of fun.. if i remember correctly, they had student nights too.. maybe its the same place??



funny that you should mention tennis, i was actually planning to start playing again once i get back to miami.  i used to play competitively but i havent played in YEARS, so im sure i really suck now.  we'll have to play some time.

speaking of sports, does anyone rock climb?  theres a place called x-treme rock ( http://www.x-tremerock.com/ ) out by the tamiami airport that is pretty cool.  i used to go fairly often and id like to start going regularly, so if anyone wants to give it a try let me know.  im going to try to make it out there 2x/week.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 02, 2005, 11:37:58 AM
Casino, that's when I'm flying out too. Fortunately, rents in Miami are much cheaper than LA (or so it seems). I just hope I can find something and move in 3rd week of July. I'll need a 2 bdrm since I'm married, so I'm hoping for something around $1200 a month in Brickell, Coral Gables or Kendall. We'll see...I really am dreading that week. I HATE dealing with leasing companies - they remind me of car salesmen!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 02, 2005, 03:38:26 PM
did anyone get the t shirt in the mail today?  would have been cooler if it were a "miami law" shirt, but it's appreciated nonetheless!

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 02, 2005, 04:46:42 PM
i got the shirt a few days ago.  i wanted to wear it, but its huge.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 02, 2005, 10:35:21 PM
did anyone get the t shirt in the mail today?  would have been cooler if it were a "miami law" shirt, but it's appreciated nonetheless!

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got it today, size large
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 03, 2005, 12:45:49 AM
mine is XL.  i wonder if we all got the same shirt.  mine is grey and has a little UM School of Law logo in the upper left of the front.  the rest of the shirt is completely blank.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 03, 2005, 05:52:41 AM
They gave us that shirt on Miami Law Day (with the small logo of UM Law School on the right and nothing else on the shirt)... they probably sent it to the people who didnt attend that day? Cause I havent gotten one in the mail and I live in Miami.. but yeah its huge!!! Nice.. but way tooo big...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 03, 2005, 06:27:11 AM
mine was XL too.  jeffgdula, you sure your shirt is not XL as well?

i wore it running yesterday.  maybe it'll shrink.

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Title: New to the discussion
Post by: croquetdc on May 03, 2005, 10:58:23 AM
Hey all,

I just found this post.

Just like other posters, I was a radio dj, but in high school (albeit on a college station). Grew up outside of Chicago, went to school at GW ib DC and spent the past two years in Southern Indiana. That said, Miami looks like Mecca to me.

I have a couple of questions for posters.

1. Anyone interested in public interest law?

2. Any Miami Scholars out there?

3. Anyone admitted to Johnson Summer program?

Glad to meet some of my future classmates.

Brian
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on May 03, 2005, 11:08:45 AM
How helpful has that online apartment guide been to the people who have looked so far?  Are most of the apartments actually available?  Some of them seem like real good deals but there's only like 40 complexes on the list, so I fear that hundreds of people are looking at the same places and they will go fast.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 03, 2005, 11:34:28 AM
I'm not even going to use it. I'm checking out craigslist and will get one of those free apt guides when I fly down to look for places. Miami's a big city - I'm sure there'll be somewhere to live, so I'm not going to freak out too much. I'm going to go later in June though. Seems lots of places won't know what's avail till 30 days before people move out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 03, 2005, 12:07:04 PM
i have no idea where im going to live yet.   i have a feeling ill probably live at home for the first semester(or maybe first year), but i dont think i can live at home for much longer than that or id go insane.

djladyjo, ill have to take a few lessons before we play tennis. i tried to play the other day and it was embarrassing to say the least.
Title: Re: New to the discussion
Post by: croquetdc on May 03, 2005, 07:12:39 PM
Ah, you must be the Brian I met on Law Day. Congrats on Miami Scholars and the Johnson Summer program. I was considering applying for the summer program, but I just graduated and really need the summer off before the HELL begins.



I'm probably the only Brian that attended the Law Day from Indiana. However, I didn't meet any pumpkinfreak. In fact, I don't remember speaking toanyone about pumpkins. Who might this be?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 03, 2005, 10:27:37 PM
mine was XL too.  jeffgdula, you sure your shirt is not XL as well?

i wore it running yesterday.  maybe it'll shrink.

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worst pic ever? http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/i/68997742469_3300.jpg?

sorry, its dark and i dont feel like retaking a pic of a shirt tag.
Title: Re: New to the discussion
Post by: croquetdc on May 04, 2005, 07:20:04 AM



The Indiana part does not ring a bell, but I do recall the Chicago and Public Interest reference. If you are indeed the person I believe you are, I would be the girl who was interning with the ACLU.

It is rather curious that I didn't bring up pumpkins...

Ahhhh yes. I believe I am the person that you think I am. Hope you're doing well.

Did you decide on Miami? And why on earth should pumpkins have come up in our conversation.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 04, 2005, 08:11:10 AM
pumpkinfreak: is your moniker a reference to the band or do you just really dig pumpkins???

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Title: Re: New to the discussion
Post by: croquetdc on May 04, 2005, 08:57:14 AM
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Well, I sent in my deposit to UM, but if UF comes knocking, my plans may change. I was just being facetious about pumpkins. Although, the band my username is referring to is from your hometown.


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Glad to see you decided on Miami. I know we discussed it, but you don't really want to live in Gainesville, do you? Just think about the beach.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 04, 2005, 09:00:41 AM
beautiful.  i am a bit slow, and often need clarification. ;)

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Ahhhh yes. I believe I am the person that you think I am. Hope you're doing well.

Did you decide on Miami? And why on earth should pumpkins have come up in our conversation.
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Well, I sent in my deposit to UM, but if UF comes knocking, my plans may change. I was just being facetious about pumpkins. Although, the band my username is referring to is from your hometown.

pumpkinfreak: is your moniker a reference to the band or do you just really dig pumpkins???

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Yep, I'm referring to The Smashing Pumpkins. Glad you picked up on that, Casino.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: BluePres on May 04, 2005, 10:52:38 AM
Man... I really slept on this blogging business. Just read over the UM discussion and found some interesting thoughts.

I'll be starting there in August. Been out of school for about 5 years and really looking to get back to it.

How has the apartment hunt been for everyone? I'm trying to secure things from Los Angeles-- but it's certainly difficult to make these kinds of decisions without being there.

How has the loan process been for everyone? Anyone not go through Sallie Mae?

-P

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 04, 2005, 11:25:03 AM
Hey BluePres,

I live in LA (well Long Beach area actually) too and am flying out in June. Not going to stress about it before I get out there and see what's avail. I used Sallie Mae for the loans and have already been approved - just waiting for UM to certify the loan. Was so easy (my credit score is around 650) and I didn't need a cosigner. They do  have a total of 10% of the loan in fees, but I was already approved to I just went with them.

When are you moving out? And which part of LA do you live in? I've been wondering how many LA people will be at UM next year.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 04, 2005, 11:29:14 AM
Welcome Blue Pres.. good luck with the apt. hunting..

I went through Sallie Mae and i guess their other recommended lender Nellie Mae or something like that.. so far both my Sallie Mae loans (the unsubsidized and the subsidized) have been completely approved..

The Nellie Mae loan (the larger of the three) has been approved by the lender (they did a credit check and all that) but it still hasnt gotten certified by UM yet.. Has anyone gotten that certified by UM yet?  We still have several months, and I'm sure they're super swamped with work over there so i'm not stressing.. just curious..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 04, 2005, 12:19:20 PM
Welcome Blue Pres.. good luck with the apt. hunting..

I went through Sallie Mae and i guess their other recommended lender Nellie Mae or something like that.. so far both my Sallie Mae loans (the unsubsidized and the subsidized) have been completely approved..

The Nellie Mae loan (the larger of the three) has been approved by the lender (they did a credit check and all that) but it still hasnt gotten certified by UM yet.. Has anyone gotten that certified by UM yet?  We still have several months, and I'm sure they're super swamped with work over there so i'm not stressing.. just curious..



The deadline for loans is June, so everyone is fine. I have both of my Stafford Loans approved and am waiting for Miami on my private loan. For those that haven't applied, you can do it online at https://opennet.salliemae.com/apploansummary/?school_id=00153601. The best part about going through the School of Law is that they don't charge any origination fees.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 05, 2005, 03:48:07 PM
I got my stafford loans taken care of but I dont know how to go about getting the $30 grand loan, when I click on the link that says "other loans" it takes me to another login page that says my password is wrong. I will have to call them tomorrow.

I am officially living in Brickell. My lease begins at the end of june. I am moving down there July 15. Will anyone else be there then? For those of you considering places to live and want some input, send me a PM and I can tell you prices, etc.

I had no idea there was so much stuff to figure out when you move across the country. I need a new bank, a new doctor, a new vet, etc. Thats really annoying.

Does anyone that lives in Miami know a good place to get a haircut??
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 05, 2005, 04:38:42 PM
"Does anyone that lives in Miami know a good place to get a haircut??"

just stay far away from "we care hair" on the beach.  those butchers shaved a patch into the top of my head the day before school started in 11th grade!  can you imagine having to show up for your first day of school with a huge hole on the top of your head?!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 05, 2005, 05:12:38 PM
Sorry if this was covered during the real estate bit, but I didn't see it when I looked through. Does anyone know much about the Fountains? I found the apartment complex on Rent.com and it's only $750 for a 1 BR. I imagine there must be a catch. It's not within walking distance but it isn't too far a drive. Any info is appreciated!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 05, 2005, 05:20:15 PM
Linzy, I'm moving out there the week of July 17th (my last day of work is 7/15, so I'm cutting it close). I fly down 6/8 - 6/11 to find a place. I cannot wait to get out there. The next 2 months are gonna suck :(

I've been wondering about things like hairdressers, good cheap restaurants and manicurists, but I've found mine by trial and error, so I'll probably do the same out there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 05, 2005, 06:09:25 PM
I can't wait!  I look forward to seeing ya'll there!  I'm going in early June to find a place.  I'm leaning toward finding a place on the beach....I won't be able to enjoy it much....but looking to maximize the very little free time I have....and it might be more enjoyable in subsequent years. 

PS-- When I start school I'll be 30....have lived in DC since college.  Only weird part is considering myself a Hurricane.  And for that matter, seeing rentals advertise that their "windows and doors are "hurricane proof" LOL
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 05, 2005, 09:16:26 PM
Pumpkin-- I am also.  Been in the freak-out state myself....but it is what it is...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 05, 2005, 09:20:37 PM
Wait, so is anyone else taking out loans for the full amount of the COA? I'm trying not to freak out about this...

I am, the first year at least. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 05, 2005, 11:27:21 PM
In terms of entertainment, are there other places other than South Beach to hang out at (places that are'nt so touristy) like bars and lounges.


Also whats the deal with the grade curve at Miami?  I know it was mentioned somewhere before.  I think at Miami, it is something like a B+ or B.  What does it mean to have a B+/B grade curve?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 06, 2005, 02:46:21 AM
In terms of entertainment, are there other places other than South Beach to hang out at (places that are'nt so touristy) like bars and lounges.


Also whats the deal with the grade curve at Miami?  I know it was mentioned somewhere before.  I think at Miami, it is something like a B+ or B.  What does it mean to have a B+/B grade curve?



I believe it is offically a B curve but a student I talked to said everybody thinks it is actually more like a C+.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 06, 2005, 04:58:58 PM
I can't figure out why Miami has a low curve, UM graduates are competing with UF grads who have a 3.2 curve.  You would think UM would want to help their students compete in the work force, not hinder them.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 06, 2005, 05:00:39 PM
I can't figure out why Miami has a low curve, UM graduates are competing with UF grads who have a 3.2 curve.  You would think UM would want to help their students compete in the work force, not hinder them.

true.. but that is why there are class rankings, i guess.. rank is more important than GPA
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 06, 2005, 05:01:17 PM
FLA-Matt, i think you are somewhat mistaken about salaries.  just look at nalpdirectory.com or any other similar site and you can see that all of the big firms in miami pay $105,000+ starting.  if you want to go into govt or public interest of course you wont make near that, but saying that people are delusional if they expect six figures is just wrong.  in addition, all of the big firms do oci at miami, so if you do well, you will get a job at one of them.

just look at a few of these salaries for miami firms:

 Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    $2,019    $2,019
  2L summer $/week:    $2,019    $2,019
  POST-3L summer $/week:         
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $105,000    $105,000
Entry level associates receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus.

 Carlton Fields

SALARY INFORMATION:
       2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    1500    1500
  2L summer $/week:    1500    1500
  POST-3L summer $/week:         
  Entry - Level base $/year:    93000    105000
$5,000 sign-on bonus for law graduates, judicial clerks, and LL.M. candidates.

 Holland & Knight - Miami
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    $2,000    $2,000
  2L summer $/week:    $2,000    $2,000
  POST-3L summer $/week:         
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $110,000*    $110,000*
*Includes a $5,000 starting bonus.

 Hunton & Williams LLP - Miami Office
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    1,800    TBD
  2L summer $/week:    1,800    TBD
  POST-3L summer $/week:    1,800    TBD
  Entry - Level base $/year:    110,000    TBD

 Jorden Burt LLP
SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:         
  2L summer $/week:    $2,000    TBD
  POST-3L summer $/week:    $2,000    TBD
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $110,000    TBD
2004 starting base salary was $110,000; additional compensation includes $5,000 starting bonus, plus year-end performance bonus, judicial clerkship bonus

 Steel Hector & Davis LLP
 SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:    $1,700    $1,800
  2L summer $/week:    $1,700    $1,800
  POST-3L summer $/week:    $1,700    $1,800
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $105,000    $110,000
First year associates salary is $110,000. An additional $5,000 sign-on bonus

 WHITE & CASE LLP - MIAMI
 SALARY INFORMATION:
     2004    2005
  1L summer $/week:         
  2L summer $/week:    $2,211    $2,211
  POST-3L summer $/week:    $2,211    $2,211
  Entry - Level base $/year:    $115,000    $115,000


Those firms don't hire that many every year, so if you do great at Miami you're going to get hired, but most Miami grads don't land those jobs.  But, you're still going to make 70-80s working in the S.Florida market due to the cost of living, and thats better than making 40k even in cheaper areas of the country IMHO.  BTW, Steel, Hector and Davis broke up last week, the firm won't exist much longer, lots and lots of internal problems.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 07, 2005, 12:52:06 AM
what is IMHO?

By the way, random funny story:

My friend and I were driving home from the bar tonight. She had two drinks and I had one. She pulls over on the side of the road and tells me she is too drunk to drive (she thinks someone may have slipped something in her drink). Since I was fine, I got behind the wheel. On the way home we were going through a subdivision to take a shortcut, and we got pulled over. Turns out there was a home invasion in that neighborhood and the cops wanted to make sure we werent the robbers. He asked if we had anything to drink. My friend, sitting the passenger seat, points to me and says "I'm driving, and she's drinking". Luckily he understood her drunkin dyslexic comment and that she was wasted and I was the DD for the night. He told us to drive safely and said my friend should take two aspirin before she goes to sleep. :O)

This is going to be a crazy summer before the HELL begins August 15...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 07, 2005, 08:08:11 AM
IMHO = In my honest opinion.  My opinion isn't worth much, but that doesn't stop me from giving it.  ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 07, 2005, 04:44:15 PM
IMHO = In my honest opinion.  My opinion isn't worth much, but that doesn't stop me from giving it.  ;D

I always though it meant "In my humble opinion".
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 07, 2005, 04:48:02 PM
IMHO = In my honest opinion.  My opinion isn't worth much, but that doesn't stop me from giving it.  ;D

I always though it meant "In my humble opinion".

Looks like you win... 2-3

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=IMHO
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on May 07, 2005, 06:17:16 PM
congrats to those attending miami.  UM is not using their WL this year.  sucks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 07, 2005, 06:45:50 PM
congrats to those attending miami.  UM is not using their WL this year.  sucks.

actually they are.  a few of us from lsd were accepted from the waitlist.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 07, 2005, 07:41:32 PM
In terms of entertainment, are there other places other than South Beach to hang out at (places that are'nt so touristy) like bars and lounges.


Also whats the deal with the grade curve at Miami?  I know it was mentioned somewhere before.  I think at Miami, it is something like a B+ or B.  What does it mean to have a B+/B grade curve?



I believe it is offically a B curve but a student I talked to said everybody thinks it is actually more like a C+.

so if it is a C+, what does this mean?  does it mean the highest grade anyone can get is a C+? i know some schools limit the number of A's, B's, and C's assigned in a class.  So how would this work at Miami?  For example, for a class of 50 people, would that translate only to 5 to 8 A's?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 07, 2005, 07:45:02 PM
i know alot of people were planning on renting, but for those who were planning on buying www.ewm.com is a pretty good site.  they have pictures and comparable price listings.  plus, they also advertise some very expensive Miami homes - for those of us that would like to dream.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on May 08, 2005, 01:16:20 AM
actually they are not any more.  they probably let in people such as yourself with your 170+ LSAT but left the rest of us to wither away.  they sent out a letter stating that they will not be using thier remaining WL'ers.  always next year.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 08, 2005, 07:51:45 PM
In terms of entertainment, are there other places other than South Beach to hang out at (places that are'nt so touristy) like bars and lounges.


Also whats the deal with the grade curve at Miami?  I know it was mentioned somewhere before.  I think at Miami, it is something like a B+ or B.  What does it mean to have a B+/B grade curve?



I believe it is offically a B curve but a student I talked to said everybody thinks it is actually more like a C+.

so if it is a C+, what does this mean?  does it mean the highest grade anyone can get is a C+? i know some schools limit the number of A's, B's, and C's assigned in a class.  So how would this work at Miami?  For example, for a class of 50 people, would that translate only to 5 to 8 A's?

Here is the policy from the Miami Handbook

First-Year Grade Distribution
Students in first-year courses (other than Legal Research & Writing and second semester elective courses) are graded in accordance with the following grade distribution:
1. the combined total number of B+ and A grades awarded in each course shall equal or exceed 20% of the number of students graded in that course; and
2. the combined total number of B, B+ and A grades awarded in each course shall equal or exceed 45% of the number of students graded in that course.
This distribution also applies to first year required courses (e.g., Torts and Criminal Procedure) taught to students in the part-time division during their second year.
The sum of C-, D and F grades in first-year courses (other than Legal Research and Writing) shall not be less than 5% nor more than 15% of the number of students graded in that course, (subject to waiver for a particular course in unusual circumstances by vote of the Faculty or by the Dean prior to the submission of grades).
The Legal Research & Writing Program applies the following grade distribution:
1. the total number of B+ and A grades awarded each semester in each section shall equal 25% + 5% of the number of students graded in that section; and
2. the total number of B, B+ and A grades awarded in each semester in each section shall equal 60% + 10% of the number of students graded in that instructor’s section.
Grades received in Legal Research & Writing I and II are not computed in determining one’s cumulative grade-point average for purposes of academic probation, dismissal and re-admission or reinstate-ment.
It is the responsibility of the Office of the Associate Dean to interpret the proper implementation of the First-Year Grade Distribution.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 10, 2005, 09:59:14 AM
You guys are slacking with the posts about Miami, I had to go to page 2 to find this thread.  :D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 10, 2005, 11:46:22 AM
Is anyone else irritated to still be working at dead end jobs with school on the horizon? Every day it's "__ weeks till I can move" May sucks. At least in June there's packing, etc.

Oh, when does Miami send out the orientation packets? Anyone know?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 10, 2005, 02:12:49 PM
I was going to read and prepare, but screw it. I'm just gonna relax this summer and try to enjoy the last few weeks of freedom. After May, the time will fly by.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 10, 2005, 02:57:01 PM
i might read one of the books over the summer, but i really doubt it.  i dont really plan to use my brain at all until august.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 10, 2005, 02:58:02 PM
Is anyone else irritated to still be working at dead end jobs with school on the horizon? Every day it's "__ weeks till I can move" May sucks. At least in June there's packing, etc.

Oh, when does Miami send out the orientation packets? Anyone know?

I'm anxious to start as well. No idea about the packets.

Are you guys reading the suggested reading? They list it on the admitted website which I stumbled upon by chance. Did they inform us of that site in writing or via email?

I'm gonna try and read it bc some of it actually looks good, but we'll see
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 10, 2005, 03:39:13 PM
i am about half way through buffalo creek - and it is a good read.  i was trying to think of what the professors would want me to get out of it.  so far, i know a little about the requirements needed to sue in federal court as opposed to state. someone could probably read this book in one weekend.

--just wanted to add that the only reason i am reading buffalo creek is because someone was selling it for a quarter and so i bought it.  the thing about where to sue was only a couple of sentences - nothing major.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 10, 2005, 03:43:45 PM
looking quickly through all the posts on this section of the site - it looks like the threads for yale, stanford, and harvard are the only ones that have more activity than Miami - very interesting.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 10, 2005, 04:07:16 PM
thats because miami is awesome.

btw, i think the books on the reading list were mostly chosen just to get us excited about law in general and to introduce us to some very basic applications of law.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 10, 2005, 04:29:06 PM
the buffalo creek disaster looks like a good read, so i definitely want to read that one.  i might try and read one or two others as well. 

as for activity on this thread, let's try to be number one!!!

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 10, 2005, 04:43:01 PM
I also would read a Civil Action... I know a few people that have had to read that book for one of their first year law courses.. i wanna say Civ Pro, but i'm not too sure.. and after reading the book, there is also the movie..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 10, 2005, 04:47:15 PM
it seems like a lot of people read a civ pro book before law school.  i think i am going to jump on the bandwagon as well.

casino

I also would read a Civil Action... I know a few people that have had to read that book for one of their first year law courses.. i wanna say Civ Pro, but i'm not too sure.. and after reading the book, there is also the movie..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 10, 2005, 04:54:40 PM
so when is everyone gonna be down here? when are we going to do a UM happy hour down here?  i wanna meet the people that i will love and hate for the next three years already.. if you come and visit, give me a call..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 10, 2005, 05:01:57 PM
I wonder how many people are going to be in this year's incoming class. Anyone know how many there were last year? There are probably quite a few sections at UM, since it seems to be a pretty big law school.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 10, 2005, 05:59:22 PM
Miami seems to inspire alot of pride in it's students and alums. A good sign that. I can't wait to get down there again. It seemed really beautiful when I visited for the interview weekend in Feb. but that might have just been the relief at escaping the Boston cold.
Anyone know about classical music in Miami? I know the New World Symphony is very highly regarded but the Florida Philharmonic apparently went under recently. :'(
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 10, 2005, 07:10:37 PM
i am all about the florida driver's licence.

just wanted to throw that out there.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 10, 2005, 07:11:56 PM
I hear that!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Intuition on May 10, 2005, 07:22:48 PM
casino....forgive my ignorance...what's the joke with the FL driver's license?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 10, 2005, 07:41:29 PM
*stares proudly at fl license*
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 10, 2005, 08:15:27 PM
thats because miami is awesome.

btw, i think the books on the reading list were mostly chosen just to get us excited about law in general and to introduce us to some very basic applications of law.

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Miami, uh, uh
Southbeach, bringin the heat, uh
Haha, can y'all feel that
Can y'all feel that
Jig it out, uh

Here I am in the place where I come let go
Miami the base and the sunset low
Everyday like a mardi gras everybody party all day
No work all play okay
So we sip a little something lay the rest the spill
Me an Charlie at the bar running up a high bill
Nothin less than ill when we dress to kill
Everytime the ladies pass, they be like (Hi Will)
Can y'all feel me, all ages and races
Real sweet faces
Every different nation, Spanish, Haitian, Indian, Jamaican
Black, White, Cuban, and Asian
I only came for two days of playing
But every time I come I always wind up staying
This the type of town I could spend a few days in
Miami the city that keeps the roof blazing

Party in the city where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to Miami (bienvenido a Miami)
Bouncing in the club where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
I'm going to Miami
Welcome to Miami

Yo I heard the rainstorms ain't nothin to mess with
But I can't feel a drip on the strip, it's a trip
Ladies half-dressed, fully equipped
And they be screaming out, (Will we loved your last hit)
So I'm thinking I'm a scoot me something hot
In this south-sea meringue melting pot
Hottest club in the city and it's right on the beach
Temperature get to ya it's about to reach
Five-hundred degrees
In the carribean seas, with the hot mommies
Screamin (ay, papi)
Every time I come to town, they be spotting me
In the drop Bentley, ain't no stopping me
So, cash in your dough
And flow to this fashion show
Pound for pound anywhere you go
Yo ain't no city in the world like this
An if you ask how I know I gots to plead the fifth

Party in the city where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to Miami (bienvenido a miami)
Bouncing in the club where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
I'm going to Miami
Welcome to Miami

Don't get me wrong, Chi-town got it going on
And New York is the city that we know don't sleep
And we all know that L.A. and Philly stay jiggy
But on the sneak, Miami bringing heat for real
Y'all don't understand
I never seen so many Dominican women with cinnamon tans
MIRA this is the plan
Take a walk on the beach draw a heart in the sand
Gimmie your hand
Damn you look sexy
Let's go to my yacht in the West Keys
Ride my jet skis loungin in the palm trees
Cause you gotta have cheese for the summerhouse piece on South Beach
Water so clear you can see to the bottom
Hundred thousand dollar cars, every body got em
Ain't no surprise to see in the club to see Sly Stallone
Miami my second home

Party in the city where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to Miami (bienvenido a miami)
Bouncing in the club where the heat is on
All night on the beach till the break of dawn
I'm going to Miami
Welcome to Miami
-repeat-

Party in the city where the heat is on!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 10, 2005, 11:11:13 PM
haha, there is not secret.  i just think it loooks cool. 

casino

casino....forgive my ignorance...what's the joke with the FL driver's license?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 11, 2005, 07:16:14 AM
Just so everyone knows, the admissions information is going to be sent in "mid-late" June.

Coming from Chicago, I wonder which city has a better theme song. I have to say that I keep repeating "I'm going to Miami,  bienvenido a Miami" in my head. I have never repeated, "Chicago, Chicago."
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 11, 2005, 08:22:45 AM
anybody else get their CANE ID number emailed to them today??

I got super excited.. but then again.. i dont think i'll be using it till school starts.. still happy i got it..

I like emails and regular mail packages from them.. they make me happy  ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: nuhusky on May 11, 2005, 08:29:43 AM
For the record, summer readings before law school do not help you in law school. So read for the sake of reading, but don't expect to get a leg up on anyone.

I'm in the middle of law finals hence the anger but don't expect to become an expert on the law by reading civil action or a few books detailing a case. It just won't happen.

If you want to do something helpful, go sit on the beach. It will do you more good than worrying about classes. You will have enough time to worry this time next year, don't start NOW!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 11, 2005, 08:49:55 AM
This is sorta sad, but I watch parts of Bad Boys 2 like 3 times a week. Gets me really excited to be in Miami :)

My caneid was in my email this morning too. Miami is really on top of things when it comes to keeping us notified about stuff. That's part of the reason I chose to go there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 11, 2005, 09:06:45 AM
This is sorta sad, but I watch parts of Bad Boys 2 like 3 times a week. Gets me really excited to be in Miami :)

oooh you should also watch 2 Fast 2 Furious...lots of nice scenes of Miami there.. or there is also Meet the Fockers.. and There's Something About Mary.. or CSI: Miami on TV.. ;)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 11, 2005, 09:11:10 AM
I had forgotten about 2 fast 2 furious. But I think a lot of CSI Miami is filmed in LA (as is Nip/Tuck). I pass crew signs for them all the time. I watched "Out of Time" with Denzel Washington this past weekend and there were only a couple of scenes in Miami. A little disappointing.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 11, 2005, 09:26:24 AM
Can anyone recommend some good cheap restaurants (places locals would recommend)? I want to start trying places out when I'm there in June :) I always try to find a good pizza, thai, indian, chinese and sushi place.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 11, 2005, 11:30:06 AM
i watch control/caliente on telemundo - they always are doing something in miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 11, 2005, 11:32:00 AM
I am getting psyched. Is anyone else planning to live in Brickell?? It's only like a ten minute drive to school against traffic and I found a really great place.

Anyone bringing a pet with them to school?? I am moving with my little dog and Florida has some crazy bugs. I hope she will be able to adjust to all the new surroundings.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 11, 2005, 12:26:04 PM
Calikate,

Are you in the Johnson Institute?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 11, 2005, 01:11:53 PM
Can anyone recommend some good cheap restaurants (places locals would recommend)? I want to start trying places out when I'm there in June :) I always try to find a good pizza, thai, indian, chinese and sushi place.

keyword being cheap.. hmm.. Pasha's is great for Middle Esatern food.. like Shishkabobs and stuff.. they have excellent deals and they have two locations: Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach and Another one in the Design District.. i'd go to the former.. since the one in the Design District has irregular hours..

Italian Food (like really authentic stuff) I'd recommend Rosinella's .. they have one location in Brickell and another in Lincold Road Mall.. both are great.. I lived in Florence for one year, and thats the closest to authentic italian food i've found..

Pizza.. there are many places that have that real thin and crispy european-style pizza.. like Spris.. one location in Lincoln Road and another in Coral Gables..

Thai.. there is a little restaurant on Sunset Drive (9999 Sunset Drive, to be exact)  called Siam Palace.. it is absolutely awesome! The decor, the food, the service.. all top-notch..

I think some other people in this thread mentioned some Indian places before, too..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 11, 2005, 01:20:35 PM
Porcao is a cool restaurant in Brickell.  It's a Brazilian steakhouse, it's no  Fogo de Chao, but its the only one of its type in Miami.

http://www.porcao.com.br/
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 11, 2005, 01:24:34 PM
my favorite pizza on the beach is gino's on washington ave.  its soooo good. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 11, 2005, 01:26:09 PM
Porcao is a cool restaurant in Brickell.  It's a Brazilian steakhouse, it's no  Fogo de Chao, but its the only one of its type in Miami.

http://www.porcao.com.br/

nooooo, porcao is not a very good churrascaria(ive been to many).  go to texas de brazil in the dolphin mall, its much better.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 11, 2005, 01:40:20 PM
Croquetdc:

I assume the Johnson Institute is the summer program. No, I'm not going to be there for that. Just apt hunting in June, so i might as well start finding good restaurants. I like cheap food. My husband, on the other hand, likes pricey places. I usually win out :)

Thanks for all the restaurant tips everyone. I'll definitely try them ALL (eventually!!)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 11, 2005, 02:57:47 PM
speaking of movies, they are in the pre-production stages of miami vice the movie, starring colin farrell and jamie foxx.  keep an eye out!!!

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 11, 2005, 02:59:41 PM
i've been to the porcao in rio.  very high quality.  i would assume it would be the same in the united states, only much, much more expensive.

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Porcao is a cool restaurant in Brickell. It's a Brazilian steakhouse, it's no Fogo de Chao, but its the only one of its type in Miami.

http://www.porcao.com.br/

nooooo, porcao is not a very good churrascaria(ive been to many). go to texas de brazil in the dolphin mall, its much better.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 11, 2005, 03:08:44 PM
i didnt really think porcao was that great, but maybe i just went on a bad night.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 11, 2005, 03:56:08 PM
honestly, i liked the pig emblem more than anything.  who doesn't like a happy looking pig?

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 11, 2005, 04:00:33 PM
el palacio de los jugos on west flagler has great cuban food for very cheap.

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Can anyone recommend some good cheap restaurants (places locals would recommend)? I want to start trying places out when I'm there in June :) I always try to find a good pizza, thai, indian, chinese and sushi place.

keyword being cheap.. hmm.. Pasha's is great for Middle Esatern food.. like Shishkabobs and stuff.. they have excellent deals and they have two locations: Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach and Another one in the Design District.. i'd go to the former.. since the one in the Design District has irregular hours..

Italian Food (like really authentic stuff) I'd recommend Rosinella's .. they have one location in Brickell and another in Lincold Road Mall.. both are great.. I lived in Florence for one year, and thats the closest to authentic italian food i've found..

Pizza.. there are many places that have that real thin and crispy european-style pizza.. like Spris.. one location in Lincoln Road and another in Coral Gables..

Thai.. there is a little restaurant on Sunset Drive (9999 Sunset Drive, to be exact) called Siam Palace.. it is absolutely awesome! The decor, the food, the service.. all top-notch..

I think some other people in this thread mentioned some Indian places before, too..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 11, 2005, 07:36:18 PM
I am getting psyched. Is anyone else planning to live in Brickell?? It's only like a ten minute drive to school against traffic and I found a really great place.

Anyone bringing a pet with them to school?? I am moving with my little dog and Florida has some crazy bugs. I hope she will be able to adjust to all the new surroundings.



I would like to.  Need a roommate?  jk...kindof.  What complex will you be in if you dont mind me asking?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 11, 2005, 09:30:13 PM
When in June are folks going down to search for apartments?  I think I'm headed down the first part.  Have you found craigslist helpful?  Any apartment listing service seem superior?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: MiamiHurricane on May 12, 2005, 01:13:07 PM
Akashi on US 1 near Sunset is really good for sushi... not super cheap, but not outrageous.

On 73rd Street (off of US 1 behind Einstein Bagels) is a really good Lebanese restaurant called Khoury's. 

Good Thai is farther south at Tani Thai.  It's between 128 and 144 on US 1.  I really can't remember which street I turn off of, my fiance always has to remind me.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 12, 2005, 01:22:14 PM
yea, tani thai is really good.  i also eat a sea siam pretty often since its so close to my house.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 12, 2005, 01:26:23 PM
I could eat Thai every day. So good.

I'm so envious of those of you that are familiar with Miami. I feel so lost since I've never even visited! Hopefully 3 weeks out there before school will be enough time to become familiar with the city. At least I know that Publix is the grocery store chain :) And you have Albertsons too.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 12, 2005, 02:20:23 PM
i got mine yesterday
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 12, 2005, 02:34:47 PM
I am getting psyched. Is anyone else planning to live in Brickell?? It's only like a ten minute drive to school against traffic and I found a really great place.

Anyone bringing a pet with them to school?? I am moving with my little dog and Florida has some crazy bugs. I hope she will be able to adjust to all the new surroundings.



I would like to.  Need a roommate?  jk...kindof.  What complex will you be in if you dont mind me asking?


I dont want to live with a roomate the first year, but I might end up buying a condo the second year and renting out one of the bedrooms. The place I found in Brickell is nice, but the rent is $1200 a month for a one bedroom. I do not want to say which building it's in, but there are several really nice places that you can find online. One great website for finding brickell apartments to rent is condocommando.com, it has a list of all the condos in brickell and you can look up their phone numbers on yellowpages.com and call and ask for more information. Most of the one bedroom are renting from $!200 and up.

Other places to check for apartments is craigslist, and backpage.com.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 12, 2005, 04:50:25 PM
wow, craigslist is a very nice site -- i wish that i had stumbled upon it earlier.  there seem to be so many nice places on the beach!  that, however, is not going to be a reality.  i will be checking out the various sites in the weeks that come.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 12, 2005, 04:58:20 PM
I am getting psyched. Is anyone else planning to live in Brickell?? It's only like a ten minute drive to school against traffic and I found a really great place.

Anyone bringing a pet with them to school?? I am moving with my little dog and Florida has some crazy bugs. I hope she will be able to adjust to all the new surroundings.



I would like to.  Need a roommate?  jk...kindof.  What complex will you be in if you dont mind me asking?


I dont want to live with a roomate the first year, but I might end up buying a condo the second year and renting out one of the bedrooms. The place I found in Brickell is nice, but the rent is $1200 a month for a one bedroom. I do not want to say which building it's in, but there are several really nice places that you can find online. One great website for finding brickell apartments to rent is condocommando.com, it has a list of all the condos in brickell and you can look up their phone numbers on yellowpages.com and call and ask for more information. Most of the one bedroom are renting from $!200 and up.

Other places to check for apartments is craigslist, and backpage.com.

yeah that is the webste I had been using to look for places in Brickell.  I think I have a nice lsit of complexes to check out as well as soom listing of condos to buy if I decide to do that.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 12, 2005, 05:17:04 PM
What price range are you looking at for Brickell?  Just curious...the beach prices don't look bad?  (Maybe because I'm used to DC prices?)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 12, 2005, 05:21:06 PM
brickell seems to be considerably more expensive than anywhere else in miami, including the beach.  i agree with you though, the prices on the beach are very reasonable, for any standards.  if i wasn't so worried about miami traffic, i would consider it. 

that being said, i saw a few places advertised in the design district (not quite sure where that is, but it seems brickellish in location) that were relatively cheap. 

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 12, 2005, 06:14:50 PM
i got mine yesterday

cascagrossa:
I've been meaning to ask you: who is that in your pic?

its layne staley, the lead singer from alice in chains and mad season(two of my favorite bands)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 12, 2005, 06:17:18 PM
It really depends on what you all consider to be cheap. I found a perfectly nice apartment directly across from campus that I would have taken if they allowed dogs. However, that apartment was renting for $900 a month, and had no dishwasher, no washer/dryer, and was absolutley tiny. No garbage disposal either.

I have to remind you that I am a young girl living alone. I find it very reasonable to spend a couple hundred more a month when you get an apartment in a safe high rise building, with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, disposal, etc. Not to mention there is a garage, valet parking, 24 hour security, an olympic size swimming pool, and a gym. I also have a terrace with insane views. The extra amount of money you pay is very much worth it, if you can afford it.

Thats just me though. If I were a guy things would be totally different. My parents think its worth it to spend the extra money too, but the bottom line is that I am moving across the country and I need to feel good in my surroundings. There are nice places in Coral Gables like the apartment i have, but they are way more expensive. For example, University Inn and Gables Grand Plaza are renting 1 bedrooms for 1400 a month or something like that.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 12, 2005, 06:50:00 PM
so what would be the commute time from brickell to the university in the morning and from the university in the evening?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 12, 2005, 09:14:44 PM
Design District = opposite of Brickell.. be very wary of anything in that area.. that being said, its a great place to hang out at at night.. all the art galeeries are there.. there are a few fun clubs.. upscale furniture stores. etc..

But living in that area is not so safe.. when we were house shopping, we found good deals advertised around there.. since i hang out so much in that area, I thought.. "oooh great!"... and its just two blocks from one of the nicest restaurants in Miami.. but then i found out what a difference two blocks makes.. wwe drove by the house at night.. and there were three ladies that looked like prostitues on that block, one came up to the middle of the street, in front of our car waving us down that we had to slam on the brakes not to hit her..its super dark, no street lighting.. and tons of people on bikes milling around looking at our jeep suspiciously.. it was creeeeeepy... and I thought i knew the area.. i suppose thats why the house was so cheap..

So just be careful.. other than that... great art events in the area that draw large crowds and great security.. so thats fine.. but on nights that nothing's going on there.. stay away...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 13, 2005, 06:59:15 AM
thanks djladyjo,

on the map i guess it looked to be in a similar proximity.  ultimately, i am going to have to find as many suitable looking places possible, check out as many as i can when i get there, and go with the best one.  this all highlights why moving to another relatively unknown city is a pain in my aaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssssss sssssssssssssss.... :D

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 13, 2005, 07:00:26 AM
this blows my mind.  i thought that was you casca for about a year now! >:(

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i got mine yesterday

cascagrossa:
I've been meaning to ask you: who is that in your pic?

its layne staley, the lead singer from alice in chains and mad season(two of my favorite bands)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 13, 2005, 07:36:57 AM
Design District = opposite of Brickell.. be very wary of anything in that area.. that being said, its a great place to hang out at at night.. all the art galeeries are there.. there are a few fun clubs.. upscale furniture stores. etc..

But living in that area is not so safe.. when we were house shopping, we found good deals advertised around there.. since i hang out so much in that area, I thought.. "oooh great!"... and its just two blocks from one of the nicest restaurants in Miami.. but then i found out what a difference two blocks makes.. wwe drove by the house at night.. and there were three ladies that looked like prostitues on that block, one came up to the middle of the street, in front of our car waving us down that we had to slam on the brakes not to hit her..its super dark, no street lighting.. and tons of people on bikes milling around looking at our jeep suspiciously.. it was creeeeeepy... and I thought i knew the area.. i suppose thats why the house was so cheap..

So just be careful.. other than that... great art events in the area that draw large crowds and great security.. so thats fine.. but on nights that nothing's going on there.. stay away...

I would semi-agree with djladyjo. I actually have a couple of friends that live in the Design District and they have an AMAZING 2 bedroom apartment that is dirt cheap ($700-800 a month). The building is gated with heavy security and they said they have had no problems living there. I agree that it might not be the most upscale area, but it might be worth the price. The only downside is the drive to campus.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 13, 2005, 09:49:44 AM
Does anyone know the cummute times to/from campus for: Brickell, Design district and the beach?  A "long" or "short" commute can mean so many different things depending on one's frame of reference.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 13, 2005, 10:18:23 AM
from Brickell probably 10 - 15 minutes? You're going against traffic, but US1 has so many lights that its the constant stopping thats going to make it that long.. you're really close..

from the design district.. probably 30-40 minutes.. thats how long it took me and i live about 2 miles closer to UM than the Design District..

The beach is probably the same, 30-40 minutes..

The drive from these areas would be much less if it was all highway driving... You'll do about 3/4 of the distance in the first 10 minutes sailing through I-395 and I-95 against traffic really easy.. the last 1/4 of the distance is on US1, so there you'll add another 15-20 minutes because of all the traffic lights..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 13, 2005, 11:58:05 AM
Calikate:

I go to this guy named Michael at a salon called Hair Renassaince.. and i'd highly recommend him for all your hair needs.. they are on Sunset and 102nd Avenue.. a lil outta the way.. but i think its worth it..

I used to go to the pricy nice salons on South BEach.. and i was never happy.. i paid a lot of money, the people there were super stuck up.. and my hair, although it never came out BAD, was nothing out of this world..

Michael, on the other hand, charges half as much as the South Beach salons, and I'm always super happy (just got my hair done there right now.. and it looks awesome).. I work with about 35 other females and almost all of us go to him, kinda obsessively.. even my boyfriend goes to him..

so try him out when you are down here, see how you like him (everyone's hair and preferences are so different.. its hard to predict whether you'll like someone based on another's opnions).. anyhow, the salon's number is: 305-275-6111..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 13, 2005, 01:53:02 PM
Pumpkin,

Like djladyjo, my name as a dj was Dj Croquet. An older dj, named Dj Ping, told me that you need 2 things in a name. First, the name must be memorable. Second, the name must sound good. Since I grew up in the suburbs, I thought I could play on that, hence Croquet. It sounded good and everyone remembered it, so it stuck. I always figured that I would start a record label called "Wicket Records."
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Intuition on May 13, 2005, 03:14:40 PM
Pumpkin,

Like djladyjo, my name as a dj was Dj Croquet. An older dj, named Dj Ping, told me that you need 2 things in a name. First, the name must be memorable. Second, the name must sound good. Since I grew up in the suburbs, I thought I could play on that, hence Croquet. It sounded good and everyone remembered it, so it stuck. I always figured that I would start a record label called "Wicket Records."

What kinda DJ? Hip-hop? Techno? Other? Just curious, I might need some beats if I ever get serious about rapping again. My moniker, Intuition, is the name I created for my alter ego when I recorded a few rap songs during undergrad.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 14, 2005, 04:22:04 PM

What kinda DJ? Hip-hop? Techno? Other? Just curious, I might need some beats if I ever get serious about rapping again. My moniker, Intuition, is the name I created for my alter ego when I recorded a few rap songs during undergrad.

Pumpkin, if you think that's funny, I have tons of stories about working in a comedy club. One involves me, Lewis Black and copius nudity. Another involves strippers and the Amish. Who says DC is a stuck-up town?

Intuition,

I used to be a hip-hop dj on the radio and played anything from top 40 to house music when I deejayed parties. I eventually gave it up as I grew older. I felt that hip-hop started growing extremely wack when I left high school. I also realized that it was extremly wack to say things like "extremely wack" when you're a 25 year old white male. I guess that hip-hop kind of left me at the same time that I left it. But I still reserve the right to say "word" or "word to your mother" at any opportunity. I've evolved into a critic instead of an artist.

I still listen to old stuff, mostly dated 1980-1998. I've kept my collection from then, so I would be happy to help you with beats. I also know lots of people in Chicago who are in the scene, so they might be able to help you. If you like hip-hop from 80-98, you should definitely check out oldschoolive.com.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 14, 2005, 04:24:02 PM
From that last post, it also appears that I am too old to know how to use this messageboard. I responded to pumpkin and intuition in the quoted section.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 14, 2005, 07:01:51 PM
anyone planning on biking to school?  is this even possible?  i dont even know how many books 1Ls have to carry with them at all times. I am guessing the August - October weather also makes this somewhat difficult - i really dont want to be sweating in class.  not to mention the safety in biking through the busy traffic.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 14, 2005, 11:33:41 PM
anyone planning on biking to school?  is this even possible?  i dont even know how many books 1Ls have to carry with them at all times. I am guessing the August - October weather also makes this somewhat difficult - i really dont want to be sweating in class.  not to mention the safety in biking through the busy traffic.

My waiter one of the nights I was visiting told me that I should get a place at South Beach and buy a scooter.  He said it is really easy to drive to UM on a scooter.  Sounds like suicide to me considering how many bad traffic accidents I have heard about in Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 15, 2005, 08:04:53 AM
this may or may not be the best idea. ;)

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anyone planning on biking to school? is this even possible? i dont even know how many books 1Ls have to carry with them at all times. I am guessing the August - October weather also makes this somewhat difficult - i really dont want to be sweating in class. not to mention the safety in biking through the busy traffic.

My waiter one of the nights I was visiting told me that I should get a place at South Beach and buy a scooter. He said it is really easy to drive to UM on a scooter. Sounds like suicide to me considering how many bad traffic accidents I have heard about in Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 15, 2005, 08:17:11 AM
by the way, the lockers i saw at the law school looked as if they had been bought at a garage sale from the oldest high school in south florida.  i am not sure how many of my personal belongings i will be willing to house in mine.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 15, 2005, 04:13:57 PM
I live to incriminate myself. That's why I'm going to Miami. Scantily clad women in a sub-tropical environment surrounded by an influx of Cubans sounds like a prime opportunity for incrimination. Last time I was there I had a run-in involving a transsexual stripper and the Catholic chuch.

All I have to say is "Bienvenido a Miami."


On a side note, is anyone going to be in Miami in June?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 15, 2005, 11:12:54 PM
exactly how many are there of us from LSD that are attending Miami in the fall anyway? Last year's entering class was divided into eight sections. I wonder how many sections we will have.

Something like 40 kids who graduated from the University of Michigan were in last year's entering class....I'm from MI and went to undergrad here, anyone else from MI or who went to school in MI going to Miami?

Where is everyone from and where did they go for undergrad?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 16, 2005, 10:14:56 AM
exactly how many are there of us from LSD that are attending Miami in the fall anyway? Last year's entering class was divided into eight sections. I wonder how many sections we will have.

Something like 40 kids who graduated from the University of Michigan were in last year's entering class....I'm from MI and went to undergrad here, anyone else from MI or who went to school in MI going to Miami?

Where is everyone from and where did they go for undergrad?


From Austin, Texas.  Went to school at TCU in Ft. Worth, TX.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 16, 2005, 05:49:57 PM
With a higher than usual hurricane season expected:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2005/hurricanes/

Do the high rise apartments in Miami experience any problems? I dont really mind being stuck in my apartment for a few days, but I would really hate to pack and evacuate - it seems like a big pain.  I have lived in MD all my life (btw - I went to UofMD, College Park) and really had to only deal with snow storms - which arent that bad as long as you stay indoors.

Side note: I visited the Law School in 2003.  One of the admissions staff told me that they were expecting around 410 incoming students and that this number was a little high, but they were prepared.  I think they said they were shooting for around 370.  I imagine with them not going to the waitlist this year, that they are expecting around 400 or higher.  I was also told that they were a few part-timers in the mix, but Miami is trying to phase out their part-time program.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 16, 2005, 07:42:41 PM
usually the beaches get evacuated first.. then all areas east of US1.. this would include most high rises in Brickell, probably..

Last year I had to evacuate twice (I live east of US1).. the first time we went to a friend's house.. it was quite a fun weekend actually.. its nice being cooped up with friend ssometimes.. you play stupid games, talk, watch videos, obsess over news channels.. especially if nothing happens, i guess.. like last year...

The second time we didnt evacuate cause we were skeptical it was gonna hit us.. and it missed luckily...

anyhow.. here is the evacuation area map: http://www.miamidade.gov/oem/hurricane/evacuation_zone_map.asp

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 16, 2005, 10:30:01 PM
just a slight introduction to myself:

i am from maryland originally (b-more) but have lived in new orleans the past six years.  i went to tulane for undergad and have lived here the past two years. 

we have had a few hurricane scares here.  once i hid in the closet in my dormroom when i was a freshman, because the university was going to house all of us in the halls of a centralized, and more fortified, dorm.  although probably not the smartest thing i have ever done, it worked out because the hurricane hit the shores of mississippi instead of louisiana.  this past fall residents of new orleans were also urged to evacuate, and i went to atlanta. 

hurricanes don't worry me too much, but in 1992 (i believe) andrew f'ed up miami fairly bad.  something to think about.  as long as you take precautions, we should all be alright.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 16, 2005, 10:59:31 PM
just a slight introduction to myself:

i am from maryland originally (b-more) but have lived in new orleans the past six years.  i went to tulane for undergad and have lived here the past two years. 

we have had a few hurricane scares here.  once i hid in the closet in my dormroom when i was a freshman, because the university was going to house all of us in the halls of a centralized, and more fortified, dorm.  although probably not the smartest thing i have ever done, it worked out because the hurricane hit the shores of mississippi instead of louisiana.  this past fall residents of new orleans were also urged to evacuate, and i went to atlanta. 

hurricanes don't worry me too much, but in 1992 (i believe) andrew f'ed up miami fairly bad.  something to think about.  as long as you take precautions, we should all be alright.

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I lived on the coast of North Carolina for 8 years so hurricanes don't bother me.  My only concern is where I am going to go if one hits.  I plan on living at the beach... does anybody know about shelters.  I hope to have made a few friends by the time one hits but I currently know zero people in Miami.  Any info on shelters would be helpful (preferably one not too ghetto).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on May 17, 2005, 01:47:17 PM
How are those going down in June to apartment-hunt planning on getting around?  I'm only 22 so renting a car for the weekend can get real pricey.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 17, 2005, 04:04:25 PM

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I lived on the coast of North Carolina for 8 years so hurricanes don't bother me.  My only concern is where I am going to go if one hits.  I plan on living at the beach... does anybody know about shelters.  I hope to have made a few friends by the time one hits but I currently know zero people in Miami.  Any info on shelters would be helpful (preferably one not too ghetto).
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billthethrill, i am in the same boat as well.  my closest relative lives in atlanta.  i would imagine that miami students have shelthers that they can go to.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 17, 2005, 04:10:29 PM
does anybody have any pictures of the law school buildings and ares around it.  I have seen the webcams and some pictures of the campus but no good ones of the law school area.  Thanks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 17, 2005, 04:25:29 PM
does anybody have any pictures of the law school buildings and ares around it.  I have seen the webcams and some pictures of the campus but no good ones of the law school area.  Thanks.

hey jeffgdula, i think the movie from their website will show the law school and the surrounding areas.  its been a while since i have seen it, but i am pretty sure they show the areas - just click on the link.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 17, 2005, 04:58:21 PM
i seriously wouldnt stress about hurricanes or shelters right now.. we get plenty of notice and you have better things to stress about right now..
The shelters are opened a few at a time at first.. so even if I knew of one, it may not be opened during the next storm or whatever.. we seriously have DAYS to prepare for them. and I wouldnt be surprised if UM had a shelter or something.. or there was one by there..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 17, 2005, 05:20:31 PM
I got some Miami info in the mail yesterday. The map of coral gables is really helpful if you are looking for places to live close to campus, you can see where are the streets are in relation to the school.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: CaneLaw08 on May 17, 2005, 07:24:54 PM
UPenn3131,

I would try and rent a car if I were you. I visited UM in April and I felt that a car is necessary to get around the area.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 17, 2005, 11:13:07 PM
i seriously wouldnt stress about hurricanes or shelters right now.. we get plenty of notice and you have better things to stress about right now..
The shelters are opened a few at a time at first.. so even if I knew of one, it may not be opened during the next storm or whatever.. we seriously have DAYS to prepare for them. and I wouldnt be surprised if UM had a shelter or something.. or there was one by there..

I went to UNC-W on the NC coast and everytime a hurricane came they kicked all the poor dorm rats off the campus (probably because of insurance liability) so I am not hopefull that UM will provide shelter.  I guess I will worry about it when the time comes.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 18, 2005, 10:14:47 AM
any married couples attending Miami?  anyone bringing their significant others to law school with them?  I am single - hopefully I will meet someone in Miami (not at the law school though).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 18, 2005, 10:41:23 AM
I'm married. My husband will be commuting between Miami and LA at first for his job, until he finds something with equivalent pay out there.I'm fine with it, since I'll be really busy at first and he always wants to go places and I have a hard time saying no :) We're a good match so I'm not worried about the commuting thing. I'm more worried about all our friends and family who want to visit. I have no idea how that's gonna work. Anyone else concerned about this?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 18, 2005, 05:29:03 PM
Is everybody planning on staying in the area to work after school or I am the only one that doesn't?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 18, 2005, 05:34:30 PM
Is everybody planning on staying in the area to work after school or I am the only one that doesn't?

A lot will depend on how things go in Law School and how I like the city while I am in school.  If I do poorly in school then it is more likely that I will move back to NC where my family has connections. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 18, 2005, 05:56:18 PM
im definitely planning to stay in miami after school.  i have some good connections and my whole family is down there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 18, 2005, 08:02:20 PM
Hi all!!

Man am I slow.  I was accepted back in February but just stumbled across this posting.  I went to SMU (in Texas) and will be going to UM this fall. 

Do any of the girls from Miami know of a good nail salon?  I get the pink and white solar nails.  The important things in life ya know...

Can't wait to meet all of y'all!

Robin
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 18, 2005, 09:12:18 PM
Hi all!!

Man am I slow.  I was accepted back in February but just stumbled across this posting.  I went to SMU (in Texas) and will be going to UM this fall. 

Do any of the girls from Miami know of a good nail salon?  I get the pink and white solar nails.  The important things in life ya know...

Can't wait to meet all of y'all!

Robin

Hey Robin!

Nice to meet you ;)

Jeff
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 19, 2005, 06:15:46 AM
Pumpkin,

I'll buy you a beer if you come to Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 19, 2005, 10:58:52 AM
is it tackle or touch (the game between students)? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 19, 2005, 11:06:36 AM
YES!!!!!!!

I can always get women to do what I want when I give them liquor.


The games that are played against the Med School are called the Dean's Cup. I don't know if the football game is touch or not, but I know that the law school won it this year. It was the first time we won in years.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 19, 2005, 05:39:12 PM
My dad has been "schooling" me on the Dean's cup.  He is a UM Med School alum.  ITs like a mini-olympics.  But they have games like darts and poker for the lazy kids.  Man, if they had beer pong I'd be the Dean's cup MVP!


By the way, Hi Jeff!!  When are we going to lunch next? You owe me! :)

Robin
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 19, 2005, 06:24:46 PM
I'm money at darts
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 19, 2005, 06:29:06 PM
When does all this take place? sounds like fun...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 19, 2005, 06:40:52 PM
i used to play darts with my roommates all the time until we destroyed our dart board in a drunken rage one night.

we have to win the challenge again this year. i have a couple of friends who will be at the med school and id love to rub a victory in their faces.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 19, 2005, 07:35:06 PM
I am pretty money at darts too... what other sports do they have? I am guessing that lacrosse isent big down there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 19, 2005, 08:30:27 PM
jai alai baby.  not that far from lacrosse, all things considered.

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I am pretty money at darts too... what other sports do they have? I am guessing that lacrosse isent big down there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 19, 2005, 08:32:55 PM
My dad has been "schooling" me on the Dean's cup.  He is a UM Med School alum.  ITs like a mini-olympics.  But they have games like darts and poker for the lazy kids.  Man, if they had beer pong I'd be the Dean's cup MVP!


By the way, Hi Jeff!!  When are we going to lunch next? You owe me! :)

Robin

I'm down for football and darts.  I'm going to Miami Sun. - Wed. so we'll do lunch when I get back.  BTW, I'll be in Dallas/Irving/FW June 17-25 for a wedding and some other stuff.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 19, 2005, 09:03:40 PM
hopefully they will have dodgeball too.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 19, 2005, 10:12:15 PM
for the Nellie May private loan, they want 5% at disbursement and 5% more at the end or something. I know it's less if I get a co-signer, but does anyone know exactly how much less? Are you guys using this loan service or another private lender?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on May 19, 2005, 10:20:29 PM
croquetdc:  "even the kid with the babylon five t-shirt got a hand job" and who can forget the "they say she's retarded but those titties ain't retarded..." 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: thelawfool on May 19, 2005, 10:22:58 PM
if you happen to stay in miami, you best learn espanol.  i'm hoping one of you fellas will be willing to tutor little 'ol me when i get in for 2006.  enjoy miami in the fall.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 19, 2005, 11:56:06 PM
for the Nellie May private loan, they want 5% at disbursement and 5% more at the end or something. I know it's less if I get a co-signer, but does anyone know exactly how much less? Are you guys using this loan service or another private lender?

Still not sure.  I found a couple other lenders with better rates but then I realized thhhhey had major origination fees.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 20, 2005, 08:45:20 AM
croquetdc:  "even the kid with the babylon five t-shirt got a hand job" and who can forget the "they say she's retarded but those titties ain't retarded..." 

Lawfool,

I hope that you're female, because I think I love you.

Another of my personal favorites is "If I had a parrot, I wouldn't just teach it dirty words or people's names. I'd treat it more like my palm pilot, I'd teach it recipes or phone numbers. Better
yet, I'd treat it more like my personal alarm system. BWAAAKKK!!! (the sound of a parrot squawking) There's an earthquake, get under the door. Or BWAAAKKKK!!! No one has freckles on their ass, use a condom. BWAAAKKKK!!!! She's a he! She's a he!!!!"

I also enjoy....

"You know what the most abused drug is in America...Aspirin. Why? Cause it works. It takes away the arthiritis or the headache from the hangover. But there is one thing thing asprin won't do...Asprin will not bring the hooker back to life...so stop tyring.  BWAAKKKK!!! Roll her up in the carpet. Thanks parrot, here's a grape.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 20, 2005, 09:02:01 AM
croquetdc:  "even the kid with the babylon five t-shirt got a hand job" and who can forget the "they say she's retarded but those titties ain't retarded..." 

Lawfool,

I hope that you're female, because I think I love you.

Another of my personal favorites is "If I had a parrot, I wouldn't just teach it dirty words or people's names. I'd treat it more like my palm pilot, I'd teach it recipes or phone numbers. Better
yet, I'd treat it more like my personal alarm system. BWAAAKKK!!! (the sound of a parrot squawking) There's an earthquake, get under the door. Or BWAAAKKKK!!! No one has freckles on their ass, use a condom. BWAAAKKKK!!!! She's a he! She's a he!!!!"

I also enjoy....

"You know what the most abused drug is in America...Aspirin. Why? Cause it works. It takes away the arthiritis or the headache from the hangover. But there is one thing thing asprin won't do...Asprin will not bring the hooker back to life...so stop tyring.  BWAAKKKK!!! Roll her up in the carpet. Thanks parrot, here's a grape.

Are you guys pulling lines from Atell's act?  Too bad he doesn't do his insominac anymore...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 20, 2005, 09:05:07 AM
he was at my school the other day but it was the night of graduation so i couldnt make it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 20, 2005, 01:44:39 PM
My favorite episode is when Dave goes to New Orleans and shoots those little rat things with the NOPD.  Only in New Orleans would ANYONE hand Dave Attell a gun!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on May 20, 2005, 02:43:31 PM
Hey guys! Wow, a thread all about UM! I love it =) I've lived in Miami all my life, so if you guys need anything let me know..apart from that, my parents are cab drivers, so welcome to miami and i will be your guide! :)

I am planning to take the June LSAT right now as practice, and will then take the testmaster class and try again october for fall 06! My gpa is a 3.41 and my average LSAT right now is a 151 (sucks!)... we'll see how it all goes. I've done LRB, LGB, preptests but i think i hit a plateu.. i can't finish one of the RC passages and my game section is weak... i hope the course will help me out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 20, 2005, 02:59:40 PM
testmasters is a great class, especially for the games section.  try to hit 155 and youll have a pretty decent shot at miami.

goodluck, hopefully youll be able to join us in fall 06.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: F650GS on May 20, 2005, 03:03:48 PM
Miami sucks NYC rules.

This is a conclusion I arrived out after going to visit U. Miami Southeastern and St. Thomas.  I got a full ride at St. Thomas and accepted to U. Miami and Southeastern.

The pace of life there is too slow.  Even to get your change.  NYC rules i have been cursing this city out for years but you dont really realize how much business and energy is involved here until you go to another state or city.  I also got accepted to U. San Diego Pepperdine and Loyalo.  Unfortuately I only applyed to New York Law / Brooklyn College and Hofstra here in NYC/

In at New York Law and i plan on going there regardless of the price.  NYC RULES.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 20, 2005, 03:55:15 PM
Wow.....awesome..... I didnt know that we were in 7th grade again. You know what else rules Big League Chew.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on May 20, 2005, 03:59:17 PM
What stats do you guys have? Any money? Also, when are applications out for 06? Sorry for the questions but I'm excited to have found a small little network even before starting :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 20, 2005, 04:37:17 PM
i dont think applications change much from year to year, so you could just get a hold of the 05 one if you wanted to start working on it over the summer.  i think the 06 application will be available in september.

as for stats, i have a really low gpa and really high lsat.  check out www.lawschoolnumbers.com for a decent picture of what miami's decision process looks like.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on May 20, 2005, 05:53:51 PM
I heard UM is no longer considering anyone under a 157 LSAT... hmm...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on May 21, 2005, 05:26:18 AM
I heard UM is no longer considering anyone under a 157 LSAT... hmm...

Over twenty people with less than a 157 were accepted on LSN.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 21, 2005, 08:37:58 AM
although i cannot say for sure, i believe that timing has a lot to do with "border" admits to the university of miami, as with any other school, of course.  those that were getting accepted in the beginning of the cycle with indexes of around 3 maybe would have been waitlisted or even denied a few months after.  for anyone seeking admission to miami, GET YOUR APPLICATION IN EARLY!!!

i said my piece,

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 21, 2005, 11:17:04 AM
Wondering what everyone thought about the job market in Miami - not only firm jobs but also consulting and in-house positions?  I know the tourist/entertainment industry is fairly large for the miami area, but what about other business areas?  I have only heard bad things about Miami's Career Center, so finding a job will be tough.  And not everyone will graduate at the top of the class, so this is a possibility for many.

I personally am interested in i-banking and was planning on getting the MBA as well and Miami seems to be well situated for this business area (see excerpt). I am not looking for a typical firm job.  I would be happy to accept an exec/mgt position.

Does anyone have any perspective/personal experiences on this?



Excerpt from a website:

Situated on a 260-acre tropical campus in the community of Coral Gables, the University of Miami School of Business Administration has been called the "Ivy League School of the South." Located at the gateway to Latin America, the University of Miami provides unique educational opportunities in a global community, serving as a major center for Latin American and Caribbean business studies. America's Network ranks Miami as number 5 among the world's top 20 telecom hubs, and as second in the nation, behind New York City, in international banking. Peterson's recently ranked Miami among the top five cities in America for pursuing education. With a diverse educational program and an international community, the University of Miami School of Business provides a unique opportunity to earn an MBA degree. Upon graduation, University of Miami students become a part of the sixth-largest alumni network in the country. The School of Business recently erected a $23 million facility complete with computer access at every seat, a "paperless" library with a full-time librarian, a computer lab exclusive to MBA students, and high-tech classrooms. As a "wireless" campus, the University of Miami provides remote online access.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 21, 2005, 08:40:48 PM
Guys,
     I am headed out to check out the campus and housing market tomorrow.  I will be back Thursday.  Anything anybody would like me to check out for them?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 22, 2005, 07:55:48 AM
hey! I'm also considering the JD/MBA option..i think Linzy started a thread about this somewhere else

i'm taking the GMAT this summer, not stressing cause i hear its way easier than the LSAT...

but anyhow I think its an awesome idea.. you'll be working with two career services offices from the school upon graduation.. if you decide to do corporate law, most big law firms will start you off as a second year associate if you have the dual degree.. so thats a bonus...and there are sooo many international banks on brickell, I'm sure internships are plentiful there.. you'll have three summers to do cool things with, internships, summer associateship jobs, etc... so you're resume will seem more impressive too...its only an extra year or semester, depending on how many summers you do.. so its worth it..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 22, 2005, 10:20:56 AM
I'm stressed about the GMAT. I haven't had a math class since high school algebra. I bought the Princeton Review GMAT study book and have been looking it over. You must complete it all on computer, with NO calculator and NO scratch papar. How the heck am I supposed to figure all the algebra and geometry out in my head?? I'm just really not a math person.

Has anyone found an apartment yet?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 22, 2005, 03:01:17 PM
to those of you living on brickell, is it really an easy commute, even with traffic?  brickell seems really nice but im just worried about having to drive 25+mins to and from school.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 22, 2005, 04:01:48 PM
You are driving against the traffic. Shouldn't take you more then 20 minutes to get to school, it took me about 10-15 depending on the time of day and if there were any accidents on US-1. I think the only reason why it takes some time to get there (because in distance its very close) is because 1) people don't know how to drive and there are a lot of accidents 2) the speed limit is lower and 3) the timing of the traffic lights suck.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 22, 2005, 04:49:29 PM
So I'm going down on June 2nd to check out some apartments. I'm only staying one night, so I'll have to make a decision pretty quickly. Luckily, I have a deposit on a place I think I would like to live. It's in South Miami, less than 2 miles from the school. Anyone know anything about the area? I imagine it's a nice but quiet place. I hope I'm right...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 22, 2005, 07:39:16 PM
sounds like a keeper!  how did you find it?

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So I'm going down on June 2nd to check out some apartments. I'm only staying one night, so I'll have to make a decision pretty quickly. Luckily, I have a deposit on a place I think I would like to live. It's in South Miami, less than 2 miles from the school. Anyone know anything about the area? I imagine it's a nice but quiet place. I hope I'm right...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 22, 2005, 07:45:45 PM
Yea no kidding, I am starting to worry that I am not going to find a place. I dont even know if I can fly down this summer, so I guess its going to be a crapshoot.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 22, 2005, 07:54:54 PM
There are alot of apartments advertised on the internet. I just started calling around. The guide they send out is pretty good too. I'm sure everyone will find a place. It's just a question of getting one close to campus.I hate driving, so I'd like to be within walking distance.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 22, 2005, 07:55:43 PM
i also may not be able to make it until july.  i hope some apts will be available.  i dont mind paying the premium to get a nice place - hopefully these places arent going too quickly.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 22, 2005, 08:24:12 PM
you should be straight.  there are a ton of nice places advertised in the brickell area, but they are all very expensive.  good luck, either way.  i am going down for four days in early june, and am hoping to be able to find a place.  i agree that it is hard to truly figure out the quality of a place on the internet.  in this sense, the relocation guide is definitely a nice resource.

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i also may not be able to make it until july.  i hope some apts will be available.  i dont mind paying the premium to get a nice place - hopefully these places arent going too quickly.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 22, 2005, 08:48:36 PM
im also going to be down to look for a place in early june.  my main concern is being close to the school(at least for 1L).  i just think itll be a huge pain in the ass if im not able to drop by my apt for lunch, to take a shower after going to the gym, to take a study break from the library, etc.  i just think ill be going back and forth between my apt and school fairly often and id like to minimize time wasted in the car.

ive definitely ruled out living on the beach or in kendall, but im still going to consider the brickell/miami river area, as well as the grove, gables, and south miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 22, 2005, 09:52:33 PM
casca, can you educate me a bit on the kendall area?

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 23, 2005, 08:13:39 AM
Wanted to see what type of laptop you all are getting. I am starting to look and really dont know anything about them.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 23, 2005, 08:43:16 AM
Dude....I got a Dell

Just kidding.  But I really did get a Dell and I love it!  I upgraded to the bigger RAM and it is SOOOOOOO fast!  GO on their website.  Also, if you wait until orientation, they always have computer sales on campuses in early Aug.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 23, 2005, 09:25:12 AM
I think I read on the UM website that we can't use Lexis and Westlaw until the second semsester. Is this true? How am I going to accumulate points for free stuff if they don't give us a password?  >:(

And, re. South Miami, what is that area like. Looks like it's closer to campus than Kendall.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 23, 2005, 10:58:34 AM
Nope, no Westlaw for us.  We are supposed to use the big books in the library.  BLEH! We start learning about it first semester and can use limited functions in class but we don't get our passwords until 2nd semester registration.

Be careful looking online for places in Kendall.  Its a nice area but it stretches almost to the everglades!!  I found a cheap apartment that looked beautiful in the pictures but quickly vetoed it when I realized it would have taken me 30+ minutes to get into campus WITH NO TRAFFIC!!  And, honestly, when is there no traffic in Miami?!

I like South Miami but you have to be careful there too... You can get into some bad areas very quickly.  You really just have to go there and drive around to the different apartments.  This is where a realtor or apartment service is helpful!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 23, 2005, 11:32:06 AM
I bought an Averatec Tablet. I have to admit I never use the writing program but I do like how the screen flips and rotates, and I use the electronic mouse pen. The only downfall to this computer would have to be the short battery life (2 hours) but I can buy a longer one. Also, it did not come with a Microsoft Office program but I had one at home and just uploaded it so it wasn't a big deal. Apparently a lot of law students now get tablets, but I dont see myself writing out my notes that often in class on the program, i'd probably just type them. I don't know.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 23, 2005, 11:45:39 AM
So, I was accepted to FSU. I am so confused now. It seems dumb to go to UM though when I didn't get a scholarship; FSU is so much cheaper. What's a girl to do?

Pumpkin,

Congrats on the acceptance to FSU. Of course, I'm biased in favor of Miami, but I understand the cost, especially if you want to go into public interest law.

Since you seemed like a great person at the Law Day, I naturally want you to go to UM, but the money is a big deal. But you will never be able to recoup the free beer that was offered. Let us know about your decision.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 23, 2005, 02:20:27 PM
Linzy:
OoOh.. I'm so jealous.. i was DYING to get a tablet PC.. they look so cool and practical.. I have never had a laptop so i dont know if i'll prefer to type up my notes or write them out.. so I thought a tablet pc would be great.. i have yet to make up my mind though..

I've been talking to so many law students, and they all say they wished they had gotten a lighter laptop b/c with such bulky books, its a pain to carry a big laptop too.. so i've been researching light-weight laptops since then.  The tablets are a bit on the heavier side, so i'm torn between a lightweight laptop or a Tablet pc..

decisions, decisions, decisions..

Also, for those of you that havent gotten a laptop yet, wait till mid-july.  The UM computer department will order a bunch of dells and macs at a discounted price to sell to students.. you can buy them through their website now, but supposedly the ones they will have available in mid-july through august are going to be even cheaper.. http://www.miami.edu/tpc/

Personally, I would still wait, since a bunch of new models always come out in the summer and the models you can buy today, will be cheaper once the new ones are released... or you can get a newer model :)

Also, you can get Microsoft Office software through the university for the student price (i think around $79)..


On another note:

I met a bunch of Miami 3Ls this weekend.. we had a huge pool party at my building and one of the guys is a UM Law student, so he invited them over.. I was highly impressed.. very cool group.. we were all drinking beers, swimming, dancing, talking.. everyone was so friendly and got me all excited to start UM Law..  ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 23, 2005, 04:51:54 PM
I booked my one way plane ticket, i'll be there on july 11....
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 23, 2005, 04:56:21 PM
I'll be driving out with my husband on 7/16. Will be the 2nd time I've driven cross country this year and am not looking forward to it. I hate passing semis when I'm pulling a 20 ft trailer. Oh well. At least this time we'll be stopping at touristy places along the way.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 23, 2005, 07:10:31 PM
I guess I am going down late, August 7th.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 23, 2005, 09:38:14 PM
guys, I'm down here now checking out places to live and haven't had too much luck so far.  The stuff around campus is overpriced and "rustic" to say the least.  Kendall and Brickell aren't nearly as bad of a drive (even in traffic) as people may having you beleive.  Regardless, I haven't found anything affordable (read: around $1,000 for a 1 bedroom) and decent in either.  Event the $1200-1300 stuff isn't too decent.  I am a bit disappointed so far but have another couple of days to look.  I took a tour of the campus today and it was nice so that is encouraging, but the Heat lost tonight so that isn;t.  I post more details when I get back tomm.

Jeff
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 23, 2005, 09:44:10 PM
Nope, no Westlaw for us.  We are supposed to use the big books in the library.  BLEH! We start learning about it first semester and can use limited functions in class but we don't get our passwords until 2nd semester registration.

Be careful looking online for places in Kendall.  Its a nice area but it stretches almost to the everglades!!  I found a cheap apartment that looked beautiful in the pictures but quickly vetoed it when I realized it would have taken me 30+ minutes to get into campus WITH NO TRAFFIC!!  And, honestly, when is there no traffic in Miami?!

I like South Miami but you have to be careful there too... You can get into some bad areas very quickly.  You really just have to go there and drive around to the different apartments.  This is where a realtor or apartment service is helpful!

yeah, Kendall isn't too far unless you go past like 100th (i cant remember it if it street or avenue on Kendall Drive).  I found some nice (if not overpriced condos) in South Miami and most of it looked nice with pockets of not so nice areas.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 23, 2005, 09:53:55 PM
Jeff,

are there moastly apts or any houses that are in those general areas? ON websites like Craigslist it looks like you can rent a house for $1200ish. I have a feeling they're in west kendall though.

And how bad are the bad pockets in South Miami. Sketchy or really ghetto?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 23, 2005, 10:05:45 PM
Jeff,

are there moastly apts or any houses that are in those general areas? ON websites like Craigslist it looks like you can rent a house for $1200ish. I have a feeling they're in west kendall though.

And how bad are the bad pockets in South Miami. Sketchy or really ghetto?
havent really looked for houses.  You can get a nice condo for 200-250k.  Any house around campus that would be even remotely affordable would be a complete dump.  I'm from Texas so Kendall doesnt seem all that bad to me.  It isnt that far at all and was def. cheaper than the other stuff (newer too).  Dadeland mall was nicer than I expected as well with a Macy's and a Nordstrom's among other stores.  I didn't delve that far into SOuth Miami but the worst I saw was moderatley sketchy.  But honestly, there are transients nearly everywhere in Miami.  I saw several within a couple blocks of campus, some in South Miami, Kendall, and even Brickell.  BTW, Kendall isnt far, but the far west parts of it prob are if not from distance, than likely traffic.  I will try to drive it in traffic tomm. and let you guys know.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 24, 2005, 06:18:01 AM
thanks jeff, that was helpful.  any info on kendall is appreciated.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 24, 2005, 12:01:34 PM
I think you get more for your money in Brickell. I agree that all the places near campus are dumpy. Do the apartments that are renting in Kendall for $1000 have washer/dryer/dishwasher/pool/gym, etc?? Are they high rise buildings with security? The only reason I ask is because there are apartments that rent in Brickell with all these ammenities and more, for the same price. If the places in Kendell are the same price but without as many ammenities, then you would get more for your money in Brickell.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 24, 2005, 12:44:07 PM
Aren't the $1000 apts in Brickell 1 bdrm. From what I've seen, the $1000 apts in Kendall are 2 bdrm, 2 bath (no wash/dryer in unit, but gym access. They could all be dumpy though. I have yet to visit and see for myself.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 24, 2005, 02:00:07 PM
I drove around a bit while I was down there and I would definately pick the Dadeland area.  It isn't too far and it is a nice area (very up and coming).  As far as the bad neighborhoods in S. Miami, I'd say 85% are just sketchy but there are small pockets of true scary ghetto!!

Kendall isn't too far, it is just west kendall that is a real pain in the butt!  You really just have to drive around!! Another option is to look at the Miami classifieds.  That was a good place to start looking.  Don't forget, you can bargain with private landlords!!  You might be able to knock it down to a reasonable price! :)

Calikate, I saw lots of houses for $1200 or less in the ads....then I looked at them and they were in S. Miami but I would be the only young white girl for a 5 block radius!  I opted for the smaller, safer apartment. :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 24, 2005, 02:37:25 PM
I think you get more for your money in Brickell. I agree that all the places near campus are dumpy. Do the apartments that are renting in Kendall for $1000 have washer/dryer/dishwasher/pool/gym, etc?? Are they high rise buildings with security? The only reason I ask is because there are apartments that rent in Brickell with all these ammenities and more, for the same price. If the places in Kendell are the same price but without as many ammenities, then you would get more for your money in Brickell.

Guys, I don't know how to explain it.  I am flabergasted that people pay what they do for these places.  I was paying $1500+/month for just rent at a new (less than 5 year old) 2 bedroom townhouse in Fort Worth so I dont mind spending a little bit on rent.  $1,000 a month here won't get you ANYTHING that I would live in.  The stuff here is old, but not only that it is very poorly maintained.  The nicest things I have found were $250,000 condos.  I can only think of 1 apt. that I have found so far that I would live in and it was small, old and at at 96th on Kendall drive which makes it not too far from the turnpike.

$1,000 place in Brickell would be down right scary.  1550 Brickell is 1200 month for a 1 bedroom with few, if any ammenities.  Notice how the pics of affordable places you see in Brickell are of the views or nearby views rather than of the apt.?  There is a reason for that.  You will NOT get a nice place in a high rise in Brickell for $1000.  Add a 0 to that and maybe you could find something.  Brickell is def. a supercool area to be though.  But just 3 or 4 blocks from the nicest parts of it are some super shady areas.  these often advertise as though they are in Brickell.  My best advice is not to buy ANYTHING here without seeing it first and don't think you will find something guaraenteed in a day or two.

Trust me, you are not getting more for your money anywhere within a reasonable drive for school.  Kendall was nowhere as new as I thought it might be. No complexes here are newer than the late 80's because there is no reason for them to be.  All the new stuff is in high rise condominium's.  Dadelandvista was almost tolerable but surrounded on 3 sides by a fairly busy frontage road, a highway, and train tracks.  And it was one of the nicer complexes I found. 

Dont want to be too down about all this but it is hard not too bc there is nothing affordable.  There must be some reason everybody wants to be down here so I'll say it's the weather bc it sure isnt the living areas.  Let me know if anyone has any specific questions and I will certainly try to be more specific.

BTW Kendall is my kind of area bc there is shopping and it is alot like suburbia which I like but I still found nothnig I liked.  The drive from here is nowhere near as bad as I thought from reading other posts but anything furhter than the turpike would prob be too far.  The turnpike is between 117th and 123rd FYI.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 24, 2005, 03:21:07 PM
whoa.. i live here and didnt know rent had gotten so outta hand.. I moved out of my apt. about a year ago and I guess since then the prices have skyrocketted.. I had no problems finding nice, decent affordable housing four years ago..

Well since everythign is so crazy, I don't know if anybody has looked at the Biscayne Corridor, but there is one unit in my building going for $1500/month.. 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom top floor (7th floor), completely renovated (new applicances, secure parking, pool, security guard at night, w/d in unit, dishwasher, gym, pool, alarm, sundeck on 7th floor, etc).. great views of the bay and South Beach.. the drive to campus is within 30 minutes...

There is also another UM Law student in the building.. if anybody is interested I can check out the flyer when I get home for the phone number info...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 24, 2005, 03:33:33 PM
let me ask everyone this: just how much are you willing to spend on an apartment?  i understand that, if you are coming from a place where you are used to spending 1000 dollars rent, then a transition to a similarly priced apartment, or less, even, will not be that difficult to swallow.  however, i currently spend 630 for my studio in new orleans, and am looking to spend 900 for a place, tops.  linzy mentioned apartments with all the amenities in brickell going for 1000 -- a great deal -- however most of the places there that i have seen are advertised for considerably more than that; 1200 dollars for a one bedroom seems standard.

i find it ironic that some of the cheapest and nicest places advertised are on the beach.  i am ruling the beach out as an option first year, however.  i am going to look into south miami, into some of the areas immediately northwest of the school.  while they may not be considered traditional student housing, i have to try to minimize my future debt.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 24, 2005, 03:37:40 PM
Hey DJ I might be intrested in that Apt., could you send me the info? Yea its crazy I spend $270 a month here in VA and I live in a brand new house with hardwood floors and a new kitchen. This whole $1,000 a month thing is scaring me.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 24, 2005, 04:38:29 PM
let me ask everyone this: just how much are you willing to spend on an apartment?  i understand that, if you are coming from a place where you are used to spending 1000 dollars rent, then a transition to a similarly priced apartment, or less, even, will not be that difficult to swallow.  however, i currently spend 630 for my studio in new orleans, and am looking to spend 900 for a place, tops.  linzy mentioned apartments with all the amenities in brickell going for 1000 -- a great deal -- however most of the places there that i have seen are advertised for considerably more than that; 1200 dollars for a one bedroom seems standard.

i find it ironic that some of the cheapest and nicest places advertised are on the beach.  i am ruling the beach out as an option first year, however.  i am going to look into south miami, into some of the areas immediately northwest of the school.  while they may not be considered traditional student housing, i have to try to minimize my future debt.

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There are only a few of places that are less then $900 (i'm talking about just rent, no utilities, cable, inet or anything like that) and they are not too nice.  Cloisters was right across from the campus and around $900 but I found it disgusting.  You will NOT find anything nice (or prob at all) in Brickell for $1,000, I don't care what the internet ad said.  If you find something for less than that there is a damn good reason (And it is prbably a chicken farm or a crackhosue).

Let me clarify, I am not used to spending $1000/month in rent.  I split the townhouse with two other guys so I was paying less than $700 with utilities.  What I am saying is that I planned on spending $1,000 a month here and haven;t found anything (at any price less than arouind $2000) that I would live in.   Well Im off to look around the beach and grab some dinner but Ill be back.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 24, 2005, 04:45:26 PM
Since I drive so much right now (3 hrs a day minimum), I might look in West Kendall as well, since you can find houses and apts there for less than Coral Gables, or so it seems. Will kill my social life I'm sure, but I'd rather drive a little and have an nice place vs. no driving and living in a ghetto place.
And opinions on W. Kendall? I'm sure it's suburbia to the extreme.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 24, 2005, 04:54:40 PM
hey jeff, if you are still down there, can you go take a look at townhouse apartments?  its down south in pinecrest, but its still very close to campus and it seems like one of the few reasonable places to live according to the apartment guide.  the guide lists rent at $750-825 which seems to be about as low as we are going to find without living in a shithole or being 20 miles from campus.

its on page 24 of the apartment guide, but heres the info if you dont have it with you:
Townhouse Apartments
8800 SW 68 Court
Miami, FL 33156
Phone: 305/667-4591 Fax:
Contact Person(s): Katherine Velazquez

thanks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 24, 2005, 06:16:00 PM
Hm, I will admit I find some of this news a little scarey. I suspect that the place I put a deposit on must be a little "sketchy". It is less than $800 a month for something very close to campus. Still, I also think that you all have higher standards than me. I've lived in some pretty amazingly bad places in my time. Most apartments in the States are pretty nice when you get down to it. By nice, I mean that they have hot water, flush toliets and preferablly a shower or bath somewhere in the building (even if I have to share it with other people). A lack of deadly insects is also a plus. If I have these things, I'll be pretty happy. The only thing I do care about is safety. Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like? I would like to find my car still present when I wake up every morning...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 24, 2005, 06:16:44 PM
Ok, my apartment is on biscayne bay blvd and rent starts at 900 something a month. Each floor you go up, the rent is raised $100. I currently pay $1159 for a 1 bdroom on the 16th floor and they charge me $40 a month extra for a dog. You can find places in Brickell for less then $1200, however, 1) you must do it early because they are the first to go, and 2) rent from a person who owns a condo in a brickell high rise, like someone mentioned before, private landlords do not have set prices and will be more flexible. ALSO some places in Brickell have move-in specials that give you 1 month free. If the rent is 1200 a month and you get 1 month free, then 1200/12 is 100 and your rent would only be $1100. My building is amazing.Most of the internet prices are not as they seem; they might be lower. Call the places and ask what is available. Two bedrooms in Brickell go for $2,000 or so and if you get a roomate, your rent will be $1,000 a month. But it's getting late, you are competing for places with undergrad students, grad students, and med students. They best and cheapest places are the first to go.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 24, 2005, 07:00:28 PM
Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like?

when i went to miami two months back, i went to a friend's house who lived right on 57th avenue and west flagler.  he had a nice place: one bedroom, decent sized living room, new bathroom and kitchen, and parking lot.  the washer and dryer were on the side of the building, however i noticed that this is common for many places in miami.  he paid 725; i thought it was very reasonable.  plus, it's not that far from school -- shoot down 57th (fifteen minutes tops, no traffic) and you run into u of m.

my friend is cuban, and the area is nearly all latino, however if that doesn't bother you, i think the area is a good option.  while no one would ever say that saftey is overrated, i am used to living in inner cities (new orleans and sao paulo), so "sketchiness" is a relatively subjective term for me.  i'm very flexible, so i believe that i will have some options in my price range.

Ok, my apartment is on biscayne bay blvd and rent starts at 900 something a month. Each floor you go up, the rent is raised $100. I currently pay $1159 for a 1 bdroom on the 16th floor

sounds beautiful, and definitely reasonable for brickell.  so the apartments on the first fourteen floors are 900 dollars?

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 24, 2005, 07:17:49 PM
to change the topic a bit, has anyone sent in their final transcript yet?  also, do we owe a second deposit sometime in june?  i thought i remember seeing something about this.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 24, 2005, 07:20:23 PM
i still havent graduated yet, so i wont be sending my final transcript for another 3 weeks. 

i dont think there is a second deposit.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 24, 2005, 08:01:52 PM
I spent about 10 hours today driving around Coral Gables looking for a place with no success.  Miami traffic is horrible! People were honking their car horns at me when the traffic light was still on red.  I didn't think the places were that dumpy, sure they were old, but definitely livable.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 24, 2005, 09:17:32 PM
Hm, I will admit I find some of this news a little scarey. I suspect that the place I put a deposit on must be a little "sketchy". It is less than $800 a month for something very close to campus. Still, I also think that you all have higher standards than me. I've lived in some pretty amazingly bad places in my time. Most apartments in the States are pretty nice when you get down to it. By nice, I mean that they have hot water, flush toliets and preferablly a shower or bath somewhere in the building (even if I have to share it with other people). A lack of deadly insects is also a plus. If I have these things, I'll be pretty happy. The only thing I do care about is safety. Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like? I would like to find my car still present when I wake up every morning...

Let me know the name if you want and I will try to drive by or check it out or perhps get a pic or something.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 24, 2005, 09:18:30 PM
Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like?

when i went to miami two months back, i went to a friend's house who lived right on 57th avenue and west flagler.  he had a nice place: one bedroom, decent sized living room, new bathroom and kitchen, and parking lot.  the washer and dryer were on the side of the building, however i noticed that this is common for many places in miami.  he paid 725; i thought it was very reasonable.  plus, it's not that far from school -- shoot down 57th (fifteen minutes tops, no traffic) and you run into u of m.

my friend is cuban, and the area is nearly all latino, however if that doesn't bother you, i think the area is a good option.  while no one would ever say that saftey is overrated, i am used to living in inner cities (new orleans and sao paulo), so "sketchiness" is a relatively subjective term for me.  i'm very flexible, so i believe that i will have some options in my price range.

Ok, my apartment is on biscayne bay blvd and rent starts at 900 something a month. Each floor you go up, the rent is raised $100. I currently pay $1159 for a 1 bdroom on the 16th floor

sounds beautiful, and definitely reasonable for brickell.  so the apartments on the first fourteen floors are 900 dollars?

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I looked at a condo around here that was nice but $268,000.  I didn't see too much else that seemed to be viable options.  But the drive wouldnt be bad at all from here if you could find something.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 24, 2005, 09:22:06 PM
I spent about 10 hours today driving around Coral Gables looking for a place with no success.  Miami traffic is horrible! People were honking their car horns at me when the traffic light was still on red.  I didn't think the places were that dumpy, sure they were old, but definitely livable.

Well I'm not sure what you found, but I didnt find anything that was even old and well taken care of.  One landlord literally told me he didnt take care of the premises because he didn't have to and would still be able to fill his units up.

Also, Linzy and others: good luck getting concessions from anywhere in Brickell.  And anything cheap there is for a very good reason.  That land is way too expensive for anybody to rent units out there for anything reasonable.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 24, 2005, 10:14:19 PM
I know you said you ruled out the beach, but did u look around there?  What did you think?

I spent about 10 hours today driving around Coral Gables looking for a place with no success.  Miami traffic is horrible! People were honking their car horns at me when the traffic light was still on red.  I didn't think the places were that dumpy, sure they were old, but definitely livable.

Well I'm not sure what you found, but I didnt find anything that was even old and well taken care of.  One landlord literally told me he didnt take care of the premises because he didn't have to and would still be able to fill his units up.

Also, Linzy and others: good luck getting concessions from anywhere in Brickell.  And anything cheap there is for a very good reason.  That land is way too expensive for anybody to rent units out there for anything reasonable.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 24, 2005, 10:22:11 PM
For calikate and anyone considering living a long distance from the law school I have been expressly advised NOT to live more than a 15 minute drive to school for the first year. (My brother graduated from law school last year)  We will have to use the library for all research our first semester and even a 15 minute drive can get annoying when you have to go look up one citation.  Also, even though a place is only 7 miles from campus, that can mean a 15 to 20 minute drive if you have to get on Dixie (US 1).  I agree with TheFloridaGuy!  Miami traffic is some of the worst I have ever been in!

My old apartment in Dallas was 1 bedroom/1.5 bath,900 sqft, walking distance to campus, detached garage, all utilities paid (minus phone, internet and cable), gated community, VERY safe and I paid $800 a month.  I am VERY spoiled.  I honestly thought I could find something similar in Miami for a little over a grand.

The thing that really gets me though is that in the "cost of living" for loans, the financial aid office allots $800/month for 9 months for rent.  I am so frustrated that they are so unrealistic!!! All I could find for $800 a month was a rundown apartment in a bad area or a room in somebody's house.  
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 24, 2005, 11:06:20 PM
I know you said you ruled out the beach, but did u look around there?  What did you think?

I spent about 10 hours today driving around Coral Gables looking for a place with no success.  Miami traffic is horrible! People were honking their car horns at me when the traffic light was still on red.  I didn't think the places were that dumpy, sure they were old, but definitely livable.

Well I'm not sure what you found, but I didnt find anything that was even old and well taken care of.  One landlord literally told me he didnt take care of the premises because he didn't have to and would still be able to fill his units up.

Also, Linzy and others: good luck getting concessions from anywhere in Brickell.  And anything cheap there is for a very good reason.  That land is way too expensive for anybody to rent units out there for anything reasonable.

I would personally rule out the beach as freshman just because of distance.  It took 20+ minutes with almost no traffic to get there so it would definately be too long with any sort of traffic.  The stuff there was old but the biggest problem would def. be parking.  It was even muggier here than the rest of Miami and probably has alot of bugs.  But you would be paying for location because the buildings arent any nicer than anything near coral gables.  Plus I imagine the beach would get old.  But to answer your question, i didn't go in any of the stuf fon the beach so I cant give a real good answer.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 25, 2005, 06:57:12 AM
i took a tour at the law school on a friday and met a friend afterwards on the beach.  it took me, and this is not an exaggeration, an hour and a half to get there and park.  now, it was easter weekend, so i am willing to concede that part of that was due to spring breakers, but it was a miserable experience, nonetheless.  i agree with the others: the traffic in miami is the worst i have ever seen in the states.

that being said, the night before the tour i stayed in fort lauderdale, and, despite sitting in traffic for about fifteen minutes trying to get on I-95, was able to get to the school quickly, without traffic on 95 or us-1.  personally, i believe that if you are dedicated enough to leave home early and spend all day at the law school, then you can probably live a distance from school.  while most south floridians are not first year law students, i am sure many are used to a lengthy commute, and that goes for inhabitants of other cities as well.  i think the traffic and the distances are a shoker for me because i live in new orleans, where i can get anywhere i want in the city and the surrounding suburbs in fifteen minutes. 

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on May 25, 2005, 07:43:53 AM
Be smart about this guys (Living in miami all my life and having parents who drive a cab, we know about distance, traffic, location!)... I will be renting out my place next year (unfortunately later than most want to move into a place).

The apartment is located on flagler and 94 avenue:

10 minutes from UM (taking the palmetto expr.)
10 mins from all major malls (international, dadeland, malls of the american, dolphin)
Winn-Dixie, Dennys, Wendys right across it
10 minutes from Golds Gym, Publix, Sushi-Ko (I love this sushi bar!), an $8 barber shop for the guys!
5 minutes from Starbucks

The location is unbeatable! 1,100 square feet - 2 Bedroom, 2 bathrooms, new carpet installed last week in both bedrooms, new paint, new blinds, amenities include a pool, tennis court, basketball court, a cardio room (it's small, but I love it), and 24 hour security. Best of all, I'm planning to rent it for $1,000/month.  :)

So the moral of the story... while brickell and southbeach are beautiful, going to UM and living there might not the best of ideas (traffic main concern, trust me). But don't settle for an ugly place, there are many good places out there!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 25, 2005, 09:24:47 AM
I'm not gonna worry about the drive because I plan on keeping the same schedule next year (out the door by 6:10 am, home by 8:30 pm), so hopefully I'll avoid traffic. And, besides, from what I read somewhere, finding parking in UM structures is a pain since they fill up quickly and I don't want to spend 1/2 hr looking for a spot. I think driving at the right time of day is key.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 25, 2005, 09:51:54 AM
I currently live a 45 minute commute to work but I know that I want to be close to school so I can drive home to take care of my puppies or if I forget something at home (I tend to be forgetful) I won't have to drive far.  I also wanted an apartment where I didn't have to get on US 1....that road is a MESS!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 25, 2005, 10:48:18 AM
In all honesty, at this point I'll just be thankfull to find an affordable, decent apt. I'm getting a little nervouse reading all these posts   :-\
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 25, 2005, 02:38:17 PM
Also, Linzy and others: good luck getting concessions from anywhere in Brickell.  And anything cheap there is for a very good reason.  That land is way too expensive for anybody to rent units out there for anything reasonable.
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 What does that mean? I know the area in Brickell well. My building is one of the nicest ones. Dont get angry and start putting down other people just because you havent found anything. You are looking late, and it makes sense the nicest and cheapest ones rent first. And by the way Casino asked about the $900 ones, Most are studios. And the reason why these apartments are not so outrageous is because I think they are rent controlled, and they dont raise the rent each year. But the building was completed in 2002 so it's still very new, i don't know.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 25, 2005, 02:50:19 PM
i am just going to live in key west.  why not..

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 25, 2005, 03:27:45 PM
i can rent out my closet to anyone who wants it for about $200 a month.. I'll be nice enough and throw in access to my balcony as well...

For the bathroom and the kitchen, you're on your own...




*just trying to lighten up the mood in here*
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 25, 2005, 04:38:27 PM
Before I moved in with my husband, I would FREAK out every time I had to apt hunt and, in the end, I found nice places for a good price every time. We will all have somewhere to live next year, so there's no need worrying about it and ruining the remainder of the summer. I'm sure that everything will work out for everyone on this board :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 25, 2005, 07:02:29 PM
I want Cary to win American Idol
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 25, 2005, 07:19:51 PM
lol, maybe i shouldnt admit to watching american idol, but im rooting for bo.  carrie is really good though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 25, 2005, 07:21:44 PM
HAHA I'm watching right now. I like Bo a lot too. I think he's going to win.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: lalaMIA on May 25, 2005, 07:29:09 PM
Hey everyone! I just stumbled across this place and was so excited to see people talking about Miami!! I cant wait to get down there and get started with school. Just a little bio about me, I'm from New England (go Red Sox! ;D) and went to U. of New Hampshire where I played lacrosse. Ill be moving down to Miami August 1st for good, but Ill be back and forth before then, my lease starts June 1st at University Inn.

p.s. im watching Idol too, i want carrie to win!! haha
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 25, 2005, 07:38:22 PM
wow, i cant stand constantine.  the guy needs to get off the stage already!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 25, 2005, 08:17:04 PM
American Idol? Are you kidding, does nobody watch Lost?????
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: lalaMIA on May 25, 2005, 08:21:29 PM
is anyone doing the law preview course this summer?? or does anyone know anything about the pros/cons of the course?? is it worth it??
thanks
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 25, 2005, 09:14:48 PM
im definitely NOT doing any prep this summer.  miami offers a lot of academic support programs, so i dont really think theres a good reason to take such a class.  besides, i just want to just relax over the summer.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 25, 2005, 09:31:00 PM
American Idol? Lost?  It's the Eastern Conference Finals, Go Heat! 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 25, 2005, 09:40:17 PM
American Idol? Lost?  It's the Eastern Conference Finals, Go Heat! 

zo is a monster under the basket, how many key blocks did he have this game!  and dwayne wade is awesome, 40 points against detroit is ridiculous.  lebron and carmelo who? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 25, 2005, 09:46:20 PM
HELLO i'm from Michigan! I feel very torn between my home team and miami.... They may have won tonight but I am confident we will win it all again this year.

lalaMIA - Are you renting a 1 bedroom? How much is your rent?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 25, 2005, 10:17:30 PM
Also, Linzy and others: good luck getting concessions from anywhere in Brickell.  And anything cheap there is for a very good reason.  That land is way too expensive for anybody to rent units out there for anything reasonable.
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 What does that mean? I know the area in Brickell well. My building is one of the nicest ones. Dont get angry and start putting down other people just because you havent found anything. You are looking late, and it makes sense the nicest and cheapest ones rent first. And by the way Casino asked about the $900 ones, Most are studios. And the reason why these apartments are not so outrageous is because I think they are rent controlled, and they dont raise the rent each year. But the building was completed in 2002 so it's still very new, i don't know.

Let me clarify as I was not in any way trying to put anybody or where they were staying down.  I looked at several places in Brickell (mostly on the street itself) and didnt find a single 1/1 for less than $1,000.  (We looked at some that were sold out too and the same holds true.  Anything I found near there for less than that was a few blocks off Brickell, significantly older, and less well maintained.  I haven't heard anything about rent control and the prices don't lend me to belive that it is practiced anywhere in Miami.  Birckell is an awesome area; one of the few that seems people feel safe walking around in most of the time.  Although I looked at over a hundred apartments and condos you may well have found something I did not.  Besides, I tought you were on Key Biscayne.  (I love that area, as I saw it last summer on vacation.  I just thought it was a bit of a drive (even for a Texan who doesn't mind driving) and didn't like hte idea of paying a toll every day on the rickenback causeway.

I hope nothing I have said has upset anybody as all I am trying to do is help others who are starting their search even later then I.  Clearly everybody who goes the UM finds a place to live, I am just trying to let people know what is out there.

edit: I didn't realize you were talking about Biscayne Blvd.  I didn't go past the end of Brickell Ave. bc I thought it was too far so I didn't see anything up that way.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 25, 2005, 10:21:12 PM
American Idol? Lost?  It's the Eastern Conference Finals, Go Heat! 

zo is a monster under the basket, how many key blocks did he have this game!  and dwayne wade is awesome, 40 points against detroit is ridiculous.  lebron and carmelo who? 

man I wish I had gone to that game instead of the one I did go to Monday night.  Oh well, at last I got a free Heat t-shirt.  Almost makes the rediculous ticket price worth it...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 25, 2005, 10:22:36 PM
is anyone doing the law preview course this summer?? or does anyone know anything about the pros/cons of the course?? is it worth it??
thanks

I still haven't decided.  There was a bar/bri class of some sort going on at the law school when I took my tour but I'm not sure if it was law school prep or jsut bar prep for recent grads.  There were alot of people there for it though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 25, 2005, 10:24:59 PM
Hey everyone! I just stumbled across this place and was so excited to see people talking about Miami!! I cant wait to get down there and get started with school. Just a little bio about me, I'm from New England (go Red Sox! ;D) and went to U. of New Hampshire where I played lacrosse. Ill be moving down to Miami August 1st for good, but Ill be back and forth before then, my lease starts June 1st at University Inn.

p.s. im watching Idol too, i want carrie to win!! haha

If you are talking about University Inn Condominiums they looked like just about the best place right near campus.  You can cross U.S 1 and you are already there so it is prob only like a 10 min. walk to the law school.  I was supposed to look at a 1/1 there today that was $1400/month but the realtor was sick and was instead going to send me pics/info.  I will post whtever she gives me if it is of interest to anybody else.  I beleieve there were a couple units still availible there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 25, 2005, 10:36:55 PM
wow, $1400 is definitely too much for me, epecially considering that i have the option to live at home 5 minutes away.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 25, 2005, 10:51:02 PM
Hm, I will admit I find some of this news a little scarey. I suspect that the place I put a deposit on must be a little "sketchy". It is less than $800 a month for something very close to campus. Still, I also think that you all have higher standards than me. I've lived in some pretty amazingly bad places in my time. Most apartments in the States are pretty nice when you get down to it. By nice, I mean that they have hot water, flush toliets and preferablly a shower or bath somewhere in the building (even if I have to share it with other people). A lack of deadly insects is also a plus. If I have these things, I'll be pretty happy. The only thing I do care about is safety. Anyone know what 59 Avenue in South Miami is like? I would like to find my car still present when I wake up every morning...

I went over this a.m. to check it out for you and the only nice thing I saw on that whole street was a condo.  The area looks almost beyond sketchy (and I have gone to school in some sketchy areas) and I really don't know that a female (or anybody) would be safe there.  59 Ave starts off nice with a hospital and condo tower but gets bad real quick and has several nasty looking buildings/houses.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 25, 2005, 10:56:15 PM
hey jeff, if you are still down there, can you go take a look at townhouse apartments?  its down south in pinecrest, but its still very close to campus and it seems like one of the few reasonable places to live according to the apartment guide.  the guide lists rent at $750-825 which seems to be about as low as we are going to find without living in a shithole or being 20 miles from campus.

its on page 24 of the apartment guide, but heres the info if you dont have it with you:
Townhouse Apartments
8800 SW 68 Court
Miami, FL 33156
Phone: 305/667-4591 Fax:
Contact Person(s): Katherine Velazquez

thanks.

Good news for you.  These were some of the nicest ones I looked at.  I went and checked them out for you this a.m.  They are right next to Kendall drive and really arent all that far from campus.  They are in good shape for their age.  The grounds looked well maintained.  All of the residents were very friendly even exchanging greetings (which most Miamians aren't prone to do in my experience). The landlord had lived there for 21 years (she was rather young too, I thought) and said it was very quiet and she liked it that way.  She had 2 one bedrooms availible.  One on the 2nd floor that had a big (and I mean BIG deck) and another that was the same floorplan but without.  The one with the deck was $800 and the other $750.  The one with the deck was across from 2 families with young kids though.  I took some pics that I will send you the links to when I post them.  Let me know if you need any more info.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 25, 2005, 11:10:35 PM
DAMN IT.... I forgot about the basketball game, oh well its not like I missed anything exciting.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 26, 2005, 05:37:30 AM
Damn, that description does not fill me with hope. I guess I will have to see for myself next week. Again, I don't care too much about "nice" but safety is an issue. Thanks for the info in any case!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: lalaMIA on May 26, 2005, 07:09:25 AM
HELLO i'm from Michigan! I feel very torn between my home team and miami.... They may have won tonight but I am confident we will win it all again this year.

lalaMIA - Are you renting a 1 bedroom? How much is your rent?

I'm renting a studio at University Inn. I thought about the one bedroom, but it was just too expensive and the studio is only slightly smaller without a full kitchen. My rent is $875 a month. I guess I decided to take a smaller apartment for the close distance to the school. I havent even seen it yet though, I am heading down next week to look, hopefully it is ok!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 26, 2005, 08:03:21 AM
I found this website, it might be of some help to a couple of you.... it has rankings of different apartment complexes in Miami....http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/FL-Miami.html
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 26, 2005, 10:57:57 AM
Damn, that description does not fill me with hope. I guess I will have to see for myself next week. Again, I don't care too much about "nice" but safety is an issue. Thanks for the info in any case!

59th avenue and what cross street? It may not be that bad.. around Miller Drive you should be fine, its close to the school.. right before hitting Sunset Drive, it gets a buit scarier, but after Sunset I dont think its that bad either..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 26, 2005, 11:42:40 AM
Ok - remember that apartment guide I told ya'll I picked up from CVS? Here are some names of properties, prices, and phone numbers. Remember to call ASAP to find out what is still available, and these prices may be lower/higher then what is listed. Remember to mapquest them because I do not know how close they are all to campus. The address for UM Law is 1311 Miller Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33146. Good luck to everyone!

22 Biscayne Bay
615 Northeast 22nd Street
Miami, FL 33137    (305) 576-5606
1bdrm from $950
This looks like a nice high rise building, with everything including washer dryer parking bay views terraces etc.

Biscayne Plaza
1800 Biscayne Blvd.
27 Northeast 18th Street
Miami, FL 33132    (305) 576- 5606 (this is the same number as the one above, i think it was a misprint call information for the correct number i guess?!)
1bdrm from $950
Another high rise in brickell looks really nice, call for availablitiy. I was going to live here myself they have everything and they allow pets. This was one of the places that said to call only a few days/months in advance.

Park Place By the Bay
915 Northwest 1st Ave
Miami, FL 33136           (305) 683 - 7302
Looks nice, 1bdrm from $885 this is also in Brickell its a high rise with pool, fitness center, etc.

The Towers At Park West
800 North Miami Ave
Miami, fl 33136
1bdrm from $880
(305) 234-2517
Another nice high rise with pool, etc. Pets welcome and has tennis and b-ball courts.

Summit Brickell
50 Southwest tenth st
miami, fl 33130
(305) 279-8352 call for prices and availablity

Douglas Cove
2660 SW 37th Ave
maimi, fl 33133
(305) 445-4709
this is in coral gables near school supposed to be really nice, prices start at $860

GABLES COURT
6801 Southwest 44th street
miami, florida 33155
(305) 667-4414 call for rates

ok i'm need to go get a pedicure but i hope this helps a bit. Try www.miamibackpage.com, www.miamicraigslist.com and the miami herald online is a GREAT place to find stuff in coral gables.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 26, 2005, 01:10:07 PM
Sadly, I think the apartment is near Sunset Drive. It's on SW 59th between SW 74th Ter and SW 76th Street. It's pretty close to Sunset Place, where I went last time I was in Miami. It SEEMED like an OK area at the time, but I realize that one turn down the wrong street can make all the difference. I really want to believe it's an OK place to live. According to the South Miami police department, there hasn't been a homicide in South Miami since 1995...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 26, 2005, 01:15:49 PM
okay the first four places listed above are NOT in the Brickell area.. I'm actually familiar with some of those personally, and here are my two cents on them:

22 Biscayne Bay:  My boyfriend lives in this building (and I live two blocks away).. great building.. well maintained.. the pool is tiny but they are constructing a building right next to (in front of the pool), so it is not quiet during the weekdays or Saturday mornings.. other than that, its fine.. i like the views!

Park Place By the Bay: Its a decent building and if your car is in their garage you're okay.. but the area is NOT safe.. this is right by downtown and by the former Miami Arena.. my coworker's boyfriend lives there now (and I have visited twice) and its fine for the residents, but don't expect to have many guests as parking cars around there is sketchy.. and lots of homeless people walking around that street just makes for a not so safe environment.. but hey if you're into Heat games, you can walk to the American Airlines Arena..

The Towers At Park West: Same as above.. (its nearby)

edit: the above places are not considered the Brickell area...The Brickell Area is just south of Downtown, and north of the toll that takes you to Key Biscayne, where US1 is actually called Brickell Avenue..

FYI: US1 is also known as Biscayne Blvd, Brickell Ave., Federal Highway, South Dixie Highway, etc.,  just depending on what part of US1 you are on.. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 26, 2005, 01:29:44 PM
Yea I didn't actually look at any of those places, so I have no idea..djladyjo I have to say that you have been so helpful to everyone, thanks for all your input. I look forward to meeting you (and everyone else) in the fall!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 26, 2005, 01:47:21 PM
why thank you.. its all good.. i cant wait till you guys all get down here and we should do casca's idea and go out prior to the beginning of school..

Venice: i'll check out that street tonight.. its on my way home from work and let you know what the area around there is like..

bad day in Miami today.. raining and thundering.. booo!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 26, 2005, 04:00:04 PM
I've made a decision on living arrangements.... I'm going to pitch a tent on the beach....who's coming with me?! :)

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 26, 2005, 04:01:57 PM
Is anyone bringing pets with them?  I have 2 dogs and I'm struggling with deciding whether or not to leave them with my parents while I'm in school.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 26, 2005, 04:02:30 PM
I'm in, just a couple of questions. It is within walking distance to the school? Is there covered parking? Are there hurricane shutters on the windowns? And, can we get high speed internet? Also will it cost more then $800?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 26, 2005, 04:04:16 PM
okay the first four places listed above are NOT in the Brickell area.. I'm actually familiar with some of those personally, and here are my two cents on them:

22 Biscayne Bay:  My boyfriend lives in this building (and I live two blocks away).. great building.. well maintained.. the pool is tiny but they are constructing a building right next to (in front of the pool), so it is not quiet during the weekdays or Saturday mornings.. other than that, its fine.. i like the views!

Park Place By the Bay: Its a decent building and if your car is in their garage you're okay.. but the area is NOT safe.. this is right by downtown and by the former Miami Arena.. my coworker's boyfriend lives there now (and I have visited twice) and its fine for the residents, but don't expect to have many guests as parking cars around there is sketchy.. and lots of homeless people walking around that street just makes for a not so safe environment.. but hey if you're into Heat games, you can walk to the American Airlines Arena..

The Towers At Park West: Same as above.. (its nearby)

edit: the above places are not considered the Brickell area...The Brickell Area is just south of Downtown, and north of the toll that takes you to Key Biscayne, where US1 is actually called Brickell Avenue..

FYI: US1 is also known as Biscayne Blvd, Brickell Ave., Federal Highway, South Dixie Highway, etc.,  just depending on what part of US1 you are on.. 


ditto.  north biscayne blvd. is def. NOT Brickell or a place I would feel comfortable walknig around in unlike Brickell.

Also, Gables Court isn't finished yet but will be very very nice.  It is right across from Ludlam Point. There is only 1 2/2 left and it was selling for $350,000.  If you have the money it isn't bad bc you will always be able to sell it to a studetn when you are ready to move.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 26, 2005, 05:54:50 PM
HELLO i'm from Michigan! I feel very torn between my home team and miami.... They may have won tonight but I am confident we will win it all again this year.

lalaMIA - Are you renting a 1 bedroom? How much is your rent?

I'm renting a studio at University Inn. I thought about the one bedroom, but it was just too expensive and the studio is only slightly smaller without a full kitchen. My rent is $875 a month. I guess I decided to take a smaller apartment for the close distance to the school. I havent even seen it yet though, I am heading down next week to look, hopefully it is ok!!

lalaMIA, so are there other studios available at the Inn? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 26, 2005, 06:11:03 PM
There is only 1 2/2 left and it was selling for $350,000. If you have the money it isn't bad bc you will always be able to sell it to a studetn when you are ready to move.

a student with deep, deep pockets, that is.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 26, 2005, 06:19:46 PM
There is only 1 2/2 left and it was selling for $350,000. If you have the money it isn't bad bc you will always be able to sell it to a studetn when you are ready to move.

a student with deep, deep pockets, that is.

casino

Or with wealthy parents or a sugar daddy/mama
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 26, 2005, 06:41:22 PM
off topic...

I learned something that i thought was funny today.. supposedly you cant wear white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day up north??  I've never heard of that... but apparently its common knowledge??

For the record that doesnt apply in Miami..  :P
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 26, 2005, 10:35:19 PM
HELLO i'm from Michigan! I feel very torn between my home team and miami.... They may have won tonight but I am confident we will win it all again this year.

lalaMIA - Are you renting a 1 bedroom? How much is your rent?

I'm renting a studio at University Inn. I thought about the one bedroom, but it was just too expensive and the studio is only slightly smaller without a full kitchen. My rent is $875 a month. I guess I decided to take a smaller apartment for the close distance to the school. I havent even seen it yet though, I am heading down next week to look, hopefully it is ok!!

lalaMIA, so are there other studios available at the Inn? 

i dont think so.  i was told buy the realtor that there were only 2 there
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 27, 2005, 06:31:23 AM
The white after Labour day thing is pretty outdated. I don't think it's a northern thing so much as a blue-blood social code. Wouldn't surprise me if some of the aristocratic southern families used to follow it. These days, I don't think very many people pay attention to it. I've never heard anyone bring it up except as a joke. On a more important topic, I guess I'm going to need to go clothes shopping. All my nice clothes are for Northeast weather. I've heard conflicting things about fashion in Miami. Some say it's like NYC: lots of black. Others say it's very colourful. What's the deal?

So I think the apartment might be ok after all. I checked out the satellite maps on google and, as another poster said, I looked for trees. My apartment has a lot of em, and hopefully that means it's a relatively "nice" (i.e. affluent) area. I'm pretty comfortable in what most people would consider a really dodgey envirnment: I'm half sicilian after all.  ;) But my girlfriend is from Japan, and if she comes to stay, I want it to be safe for her. Japan may have the lowest violent crime rate in the world and often people who grow up there don't have what you might call "street smarts".
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 27, 2005, 08:16:46 AM
The white after Labour day thing is pretty outdated. I don't think it's a northern thing so much as a blue-blood social code. Wouldn't surprise me if some of the aristocratic southern families used to follow it. These days, I don't think very many people pay attention to it. I've never heard anyone bring it up except as a joke. On a more important topic, I guess I'm going to need to go clothes shopping. All my nice clothes are for Northeast weather. I've heard conflicting things about fashion in Miami. Some say it's like NYC: lots of black. Others say it's very colourful. What's the deal?

So I think the apartment might be ok after all. I checked out the satellite maps on google and, as another poster said, I looked for trees. My apartment has a lot of em, and hopefully that means it's a relatively "nice" (i.e. affluent) area. I'm pretty comfortable in what most people would consider a really dodgey envirnment: I'm half sicilian after all.  ;) But my girlfriend is from Japan, and if she comes to stay, I want it to be safe for her. Japan may have the lowest violent crime rate in the world and often people who grow up there don't have what you might call "street smarts".

where are you staying?  I could give you my opinion of the area if I saw it.  Also there is alot of black and alot of color, so you are good with either.  But you gotta step it up there bc everyone else sure does.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 27, 2005, 08:50:55 AM
I've been wondering about how to dress as well. I have friends who just barely visited and they said that women dress up ALL the time and are really flashy. Basically I'm going by what my friend in West Palm said "It's hoochy-ma wear" which means pretty trampy I guess :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 27, 2005, 08:56:41 AM
To change the subject a bit, where did everyone go for their loans?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on May 27, 2005, 09:06:49 AM
Jeff,
Hey thanks man! I think you saw it before and thought it looked a little sketchy. It's too bad, because it seems like there are some really affordable and close places to live in South Miami. The apartment I put a deposity on is at 7500 SW 59 Ave, not far from Sunset place. Here's a link to the map:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&address=7500+Sw+59th+Ave&city=south+miami&state=fl&zipcode=

There are a few other aprtments in that area if anyone is interested. I'll be going down next week myself, so don't worry to much about checking it out. It is much appreciated though! When are you planning on moving?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 27, 2005, 10:13:01 AM
Girls in Miami dress in full make up and heels to go to the post office. (My godmother says its a latino thing) UM, hoever, is like everyother college campus.  You can easily get by with jeans and t-shirts everyday.  Around town, I saw a bunch of the cute linen style skirts that are pretty popular.  Sundresses are also popular.  Of course for some girls...the shorter the skirt, the higher the heel!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 27, 2005, 11:12:56 AM
my boyfriend is a 1L and he wears his board shorts and a tshirt to class. he said some people really dress up but most people are just casual. I think i'll start off the year trying to look cute, but by midsemester i'll show up to class in sweat pants. Cute ones of course.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 27, 2005, 11:13:11 AM
With all this discussion about fashion, I realize that I'm going to turn into a metrosexual.

I'm pissed.

As long as I don't have to get pedicures, I'm fine with it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 27, 2005, 11:53:44 AM
Linzy, where is your boyfriend a 1L?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 27, 2005, 11:54:52 AM
croquetdc,

have you ever had a pedicure...they are oh so nice! :)  Great stress relief!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 27, 2005, 11:59:44 AM
croquetdc,

have you ever had a pedicure...they are oh so nice! :)  Great stress relief!

I just looked up what a pedicure is, and it sounds painful. I know, I have way to much time on my hands.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 27, 2005, 12:59:33 PM
while you're at it look up facials and bikini waxes..

THATS painful..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 27, 2005, 01:05:13 PM
Anyone know where I can get a sweet white linen suit, a la Miami Vice?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 27, 2005, 01:46:56 PM
I think i'll start off the year trying to look cute, but by midsemester i'll show up to class in sweat pants. Cute ones of course.

I second that.. i'm the same way..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 27, 2005, 01:53:52 PM
Anyone know where I can get a sweet white linen suit, a la Miami Vice?

Hialeah?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on May 27, 2005, 02:02:05 PM
Everyone, I was wondering how I should handle the following:

I currently have a car that seems like it is in ok condition.  But I am worried that it probably will not be able to handle the weather in miami (AC makes the car shake, 120K miles).  I am working now, and I figure I could get a car loan.  But if I get a car now, I would have the car payments to deal with.  But if I wait until the car breaks down, I would'nt be able to get a loan. 

Is it even possible to get a car loan while going to school fulltime with no cosigner?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 27, 2005, 02:22:35 PM
I would definately try to get a car in september.  The 2006 models will have come out and they usually slash the prices on the new 2005 models.  If your car is truly on its last legs, you may want to try to get pre-approved for a car loan and then hold out as long as possible. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 27, 2005, 02:22:59 PM
Have I ever considered a pedicure?

No. I'm a guy.

As for the bikini waxes.....

All I have to say is that guys love you for it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 27, 2005, 02:24:27 PM
I think i'll start off the year trying to look cute, but by midsemester i'll show up to class in sweat pants. Cute ones of course.

I second that.. i'm the same way..

I wish I could but I got fat after I got out of college so the only clothes I have that fit are my work clothes.  :(  But at least I'll look trendy!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 27, 2005, 02:26:19 PM
im just looking forward to being able to wear a pair of jeans, tshirt and some sandals again.  i cant wait to banish my winter clothes to the depths of my closet for good.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 27, 2005, 02:28:53 PM
No kidding, I'm from texas so I don't have much winter stuff to begin with, but I just gave all of my heavy stuff to a friend that is going to Utah for grad school.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on May 27, 2005, 03:05:23 PM
How cold does Miami get in the winter time? When I moved to LA I thought it'd be warm all year. No. This winter it was in the low 40s a lot of the time at night and too cold to wear sandals. I'm assuming Miami is not that cold.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 27, 2005, 03:37:22 PM
Linzy, where is your boyfriend a 1L?


At UM. and NO he is not the reason I chose to go to this school...though being with him is definately a perk!

Everytime I go out in Miami for dinner I always want to wear a skirt and tank top but the restaurants crank up the AC and I freeze. I wonder how cold the classrooms will be. Better cold then hot though, I cant think straight if i'm shfitzing (sweating).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on May 27, 2005, 05:00:22 PM
What about shorts and polos/tees at UM?

Girls in Miami dress in full make up and heels to go to the post office. (My godmother says its a latino thing) UM, hoever, is like everyother college campus.  You can easily get by with jeans and t-shirts everyday.  Around town, I saw a bunch of the cute linen style skirts that are pretty popular.  Sundresses are also popular.  Of course for some girls...the shorter the skirt, the higher the heel!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on May 27, 2005, 05:03:47 PM
mike: you should wear what you have on in your picture, that same way, every day to class. 8)

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 28, 2005, 12:03:59 PM
How cold does Miami get in the winter time? When I moved to LA I thought it'd be warm all year. No. This winter it was in the low 40s a lot of the time at night and too cold to wear sandals. I'm assuming Miami is not that cold.


My godmother said this year was the coldest Miami had seen in awhile and it was in the mid 40s for a week.  YEA!!! For the most part, it should dip below 50 so all you need is a light jacket or maybe a sweatshirt
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on May 29, 2005, 08:21:13 AM
I'm over in Naples, Florida and I didn't wear a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt one time during the whole fall and winter seasons.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 29, 2005, 11:16:17 AM
I'm over in Naples, Florida and I didn't wear a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt one time during the whole fall and winter seasons.

Well I'm a weather weenie.  If I'm not snowboarding, I want it to be 70 degrees!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 11:08:19 AM
Hi, anyone looking for a roommate? I will be a 1L at Miami in the fall. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 30, 2005, 11:16:12 AM
I might be
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 11:17:53 AM
cascagrossa cool name. Any good places to train down in Miami? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 30, 2005, 11:21:12 AM
cascagrossa cool name. Any good places to train down in Miami? 

www.freestylefighting.net

i started with those guys, but i havent trained with them in a few years(since i left for college), but i plan to start training there again once i get adjusted to 1L life.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 11:23:05 AM
dsmit56 let me know. I am looking to find two roommates and a three bedroom place as close to campus as possible. Hopefully with three people we can keep the rent down to a good price somewhere between $400-500 I hope.  
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 11:35:02 AM
Avellan Bros. are very good. How are the people there? I am way past my bravado ego days. I need to train with cool chilled out folks so no one gets seriously hurt, minnor bumps are ok though.
 
Is it expensive?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 30, 2005, 11:51:40 AM
the avellans are awesome grapplers and really cool guys.  i honestly dont know much about pricing or what the students are like now because i havent been in there in a few years.  i was one of their original students back before they really got famous in the grappling world, so it was really cheap to train there(if i remember correctly it was $75/month for unlimited training), classes were always small, and everyone was cool.  there were always a bunch of really good guys to train with, and everyone was nice so you didnt have to worry about some moron going nuts and injuring you.  when it came down to training, people were of course serious, but it was really a friendly environment with everyone joking around with each other.

now that they have been winning some really big tournaments they got a lot more attention and i think they more than doubled the number of students they have, so im sure there are a few jerks in the mix(like there are at any mma/bjj gym).  but like everywhere else, the big ego people usually dont last more than a few weeks.

btw, im like you, im just in it for fun.  i dont take training too seriously or really care about competing.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on May 30, 2005, 12:14:23 PM
krambho, email me...ansmit10@vt.edu
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 01:07:29 PM
dsmit56 you have mail.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 01:23:34 PM
cascagrossa we are both on the same page bro. Once I get into the routine and get adjusted to the law school work load I will definitely check out FFA. Hey man we should meet up maybe we can check it out together. FFA seems to also be the closest to UM, there is also SBG and ATT around the area but the traffic and distance would make it a 40min-1hr communte. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 30, 2005, 01:45:22 PM
lol, ill pass on att and sbg, i dont want to be labeled a creonte.  besides, ffa is the best school in south florida.

where have you trained before?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 30, 2005, 02:36:10 PM
Tai Kai in upstate NY, AKA in San Jose CA and with lots of friends garage type stuff. I haven't done much for a while now except hit the gym.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 30, 2005, 03:21:59 PM
ive heard of tai kai.  arent you the guys who always have massive amounts of competitors and always sweep the kids division in tournaments?

ive trained for a few years but its been really on and off, so my total mat time isnt really that much. i hurt my shoulder a few months ago so ive been just sitting on my ass and getting out of shape waiting for it to heal.  i really dont enjoy going to the gym to do run of the mill "working out," but since im not training and my abs are fading away, im probably going to have to start so i dont get too far out of shape.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on May 30, 2005, 10:53:55 PM
Liza, I understand. Good luck in Tallahassee.

I just wanted to tell everyone that I started the JWJ summer institute and it is amazing. Simply put, the professors are incredible, the campus is stunning and the people in the program are extremely friendly and fun.

It is going to be a great couple of years.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 30, 2005, 11:14:05 PM
Liza, I understand. Good luck in Tallahassee.

I just wanted to tell everyone that I started the JWJ summer institute and it is amazing. Simply put, the professors are incredible, the campus is stunning and the people in the program are extremely friendly and fun.

It is going to be a great couple of years.

I'm so jealous!!  I wanted to do that but couldn't afford to miss a month and a half of work.  PLEASE keep us updated on the program! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on May 30, 2005, 11:25:22 PM
yea the program sounded great, but im not even finished with school yet!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 31, 2005, 08:18:46 AM
Tai Kai competes but I don't recall them sending a huge team. They have a couple of guys who are also regulars on the NAGA superfight circuit Jordan and Ken. Maybe you are thinking of Tiger Schulman's or Renzo's they usually send the largest teams and sweep divisions.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 31, 2005, 10:11:01 AM
Guys, after my recent trip to Miami yeilded no results with regards to living situations I took a trip to my other acceptance: Baylor.  Although I never saw myself going there it seems to make more sense as it will allow me to recieve an education closer to where I would like to practice.

I loved the campus at Miami and most of the city.  I wish all of you guys the best of luck with finding a place to live and the next 3 years of your life and beyond.  I will likely still follow this thread so let me know if you guys had any more questions about housing or anything.  I still have many pics of apartments I looked at if you are looking for one that is more representative than the ones you will find online.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on May 31, 2005, 10:34:20 AM
Can you elaborate on "yeilded no results with regards to living situations"? 

Was there a lack of housing available?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 31, 2005, 10:56:52 AM
Can you elaborate on "yeilded no results with regards to living situations"? 

Was there a lack of housing available?

I was trying not to spend more than $1,000 a month and I didn't mind a drive.  I am a bit of a homebody and with how expensive everything in Miami is I didnt see myself doing all that much besides studying anyways.  With that in mind I have to have a place to come home to that I can truly relax in and I did not get that feeling from anything I saw with the exception of some quarter million dollar condos.  There was stuff there that most people would probably not have a problem living in, but coming from Texas where everything is (relatively) new I don't think I could live in mostm if not all, of the places I saw (which includes some of the much more highly priced stuff).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on May 31, 2005, 03:10:34 PM
aaaw Jeff.. thats kinda sad.. you've been a great help to us.. you have to do whats best for you, but it's sad that we wont be meeting you this fall.. good luck at Baylor!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on May 31, 2005, 05:11:07 PM
NO!!!  Too many people are dropping out on us!  Good luck everyone no matter where you end up!  Much love!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on May 31, 2005, 07:51:05 PM
Guys, after my recent trip to Miami yeilded no results with regards to living situations I took a trip to my other acceptance: Baylor.  Although I never saw myself going there it seems to make more sense as it will allow me to recieve an education closer to where I would like to practice.

I loved the campus at Miami and most of the city.  I wish all of you guys the best of luck with finding a place to live and the next 3 years of your life and beyond.  I will likely still follow this thread so let me know if you guys had any more questions about housing or anything.  I still have many pics of apartments I looked at if you are looking for one that is more representative than the ones you will find online.


I hope thats not the only reason you chose not to go to miami...I understand your situation and I wish you luck, but to everyone else don't be discouraged! There are tons of places to live and you will find something!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on May 31, 2005, 08:18:59 PM
Guys, after my recent trip to Miami yeilded no results with regards to living situations I took a trip to my other acceptance: Baylor.  Although I never saw myself going there it seems to make more sense as it will allow me to recieve an education closer to where I would like to practice.

I loved the campus at Miami and most of the city.  I wish all of you guys the best of luck with finding a place to live and the next 3 years of your life and beyond.  I will likely still follow this thread so let me know if you guys had any more questions about housing or anything.  I still have many pics of apartments I looked at if you are looking for one that is more representative than the ones you will find online.


I hope thats not the only reason you chose not to go to miami...I understand your situation and I wish you luck, but to everyone else don't be discouraged! There are tons of places to live and you will find something!

quite honestly it is a big part of it.  If there is no decent place to live in my price range then I cant live there.  Being that far from home for 3 or more years and working my butt off, having a nice place to come home to is entirely reasonable.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ArmChairQB on May 31, 2005, 10:34:14 PM


I just wanted to tell everyone that I started the JWJ summer institute and it is amazing. Simply put, the professors are incredible, the campus is stunning and the people in the program are extremely friendly and fun.

It is going to be a great couple of years.

Sounds like a great experience. If you could possibly give a short summary about what the program is and what you are learning from it I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ArmChairQB on May 31, 2005, 10:41:24 PM
Guys, after my recent trip to Miami yeilded no results with regards to living situations I took a trip to my other acceptance: Baylor.  Although I never saw myself going there it seems to make more sense as it will allow me to recieve an education closer to where I would like to practice.

I loved the campus at Miami and most of the city.  I wish all of you guys the best of luck with finding a place to live and the next 3 years of your life and beyond.  I will likely still follow this thread so let me know if you guys had any more questions about housing or anything.  I still have many pics of apartments I looked at if you are looking for one that is more representative than the ones you will find online.


I hope thats not the only reason you chose not to go to miami...I understand your situation and I wish you luck, but to everyone else don't be discouraged! There are tons of places to live and you will find something!

quite honestly it is a big part of it.  If there is no decent place to live in my price range then I cant live there.  Being that far from home for 3 or more years and working my butt off, having a nice place to come home to is entirely reasonable.

Not sure if you wanted a roommate or not, but a roommate list was sent out which you can  still get, and you might be able to bring down some of your costs considerably if you were able to find someone.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 01, 2005, 08:17:38 AM
Guys, after my recent trip to Miami yeilded no results with regards to living situations I took a trip to my other acceptance: Baylor.  Although I never saw myself going there it seems to make more sense as it will allow me to recieve an education closer to where I would like to practice.

I loved the campus at Miami and most of the city.  I wish all of you guys the best of luck with finding a place to live and the next 3 years of your life and beyond.  I will likely still follow this thread so let me know if you guys had any more questions about housing or anything.  I still have many pics of apartments I looked at if you are looking for one that is more representative than the ones you will find online.


I hope thats not the only reason you chose not to go to miami...I understand your situation and I wish you luck, but to everyone else don't be discouraged! There are tons of places to live and you will find something!

quite honestly it is a big part of it.  If there is no decent place to live in my price range then I cant live there.  Being that far from home for 3 or more years and working my butt off, having a nice place to come home to is entirely reasonable.

Not sure if you wanted a roommate or not, but a roommate list was sent out which you can  still get, and you might be able to bring down some of your costs considerably if you were able to find someone.

I saw it, but there really weren't any places even above my desired price range that were too appealing to me.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 11:18:14 AM
Do you guys have any opinions on renting furnished apts? I'm getting lazy and don't feel like carting a bunch of furniture cross country that I'll ditch when we buy a place.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 01, 2005, 11:38:42 AM
Do you guys have any opinions on renting furnished apts? I'm getting lazy and don't feel like carting a bunch of furniture cross country that I'll ditch when we buy a place.

I thought about it since the idea of hauling stuff from Texas wasn't too appealing.  But it was much more expensive than I thought it would be.  It was probably cheaper just to by stuff there and then sell it when you graduate.  Also, there didnt seem to be many furnished ones availible despite what internet searching may have you beleive.  There were several companies willing to rent room sets but they were rather pricey as well.  I beleive there are some companies who do this listed in that green book we got.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 01, 2005, 11:55:04 AM
Do you guys have any opinions on renting furnished apts? I'm getting lazy and don't feel like carting a bunch of furniture cross country that I'll ditch when we buy a place.

Most of the studio apartments can come furnished.  Many of them have those little fold down beds that go into the wall.  Just a note though, many of the furnished apartments have some gross furniture (read: fraternity house) and if it is nice, it is too small.  I have been sleeping on a queen bed for almost 5 years....if I tried to move to a twin bed, I think I'd shoot myself!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 12:11:16 PM
That's what I thought. We have some decent stuff, but I'd rather leave it in LA in case I move back here after school. We'll see what we need after we find a place next week.

How often does it rain heavily in Miami? There's a Miami traffic camera website and it looks pretty nasty today. In case anyone is interested in checking out the site, the link it is:

http://traffic.herald.com/miaCameraList.asp
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 01, 2005, 12:14:38 PM
It rains everyday at 3pm or so.  Usually its only a light shower.  I went to weather.com and you can compare 2 areas.  It will give you average high and low temp as well as rainfall for each month. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 02:23:41 PM
I am so ready to be done with my job and start school, even though I know it will be hell. Anyone else feeling antsy? I'm completely zoned out at work and I still have 1 1/2 months to go.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 01, 2005, 02:38:07 PM
I completely agree!!!  It seems so close so I have really checked out of Texas!  I am having to work extra hard so I don't spend the money I have saved buying little "extras" for my apartment....of course I NEED the Ralph Lauren bathroom set to match the dust ruffle in my bedroom! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 01, 2005, 02:52:46 PM
summer in Miami sucks.. it rains almost everyday.. the good thing is that its not that continuous drizzle it is in some parts of the country.. it'll storm really hard and thunder for about 10 minutes.. then it goes into light raining.. then it'll stop for a few more minutes and then repeat the cycle.. and in a few hours, we'll have clear skies again..

I remember being in NY when I was checkign out Brooklyn Law School.. it rained the ENTIRE day, at the same intensity with no breaks... it was weird to experience that coming from Miami..

The Cons:
When its raining REALLY hard, you can barely see the car in front of you.. and since traffic in Miami is already a mess on clear sunny days, the traffic becomes unbearable (and dangerous) in the rain...

The Pros:
If you're at a store and you didnt bring an umbrella and it starts pouring out of nowhere while you are inside, you can usually wait 10-15 minutes for it to stop raining just long enough to run to your car.. but at least you CAN wait it out, because chances are it will stop raining in a few minutes... (unlike in NYC, where it usually rains ALL day)

**
Also, it tends to rain more in the West than in the East.. many times it'll rain off and on all day where I work (South Miami, near Kendall).. and when I get home (East Miami, by Biscayne Bay), i'll find out that it didnt rain at all there..

**
OKay, I sound like I'm obsessed with rain.. but I didnt notice it at all until I went to NYC and found it very annoying when it rained all day everyday with no breaks.. How is it in other parts of the country, by the way?

Oh and once we get past hurricane season (mid-November), it'll hardly, if ever, rain.. this is just the worst part of the year..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 02:55:04 PM
I am trying to keep as much saved too, but I've just given up on being really strict with my budget. It's depressing to drag myself into work and then not spend any of the cash. God, this is going to be a really tough month mentally. And, I'm in such a bad mood whenever I have to do anything at work.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 01, 2005, 02:56:36 PM
oh, and i so can't wait to finally leave my job.. July 22nd is my last day here.. My boss has known since February that I was leaving.. However, he still gave me a raise yesterday.. that was nice.. I'll miss my coworkers, but I sure as hell wont miss my job..

I wanna start school already!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 02:58:17 PM
In LA it only rains during the winter and then it's clear & sunny every single day (hard to get used to at first, being from the east coast)except for June which is overcast the entire month. That's a normal year. This year was anything but, especially since it's drizzling today and all those houses are sliding down the hill in Laguna.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 03:00:46 PM
My friend just finished 1L at UNLV and she keeps telling me to enjoy this time because we'll all be miserable, studying for exams in 6 months. Hard to do that though. I feel like I'm in limbo and there are only so many websites you can visit in a day :) The only thing I look forward to anymore are my lunch time workouts since they knock 1 1/2 hrs off my blah days.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on June 01, 2005, 03:43:32 PM
I am not as anxious to start school and studying but i am really excited to move to miami! I am leaving in a month and I cant wait to get settled into my new apartment and meet all the new people and learn my way around. I've never lived outside of michigan or away from my family, so its really new and exciting for me.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on June 01, 2005, 03:46:30 PM
With all the health nuts going to Miami next year, I better start to hit the gym.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: lalaMIA on June 01, 2005, 04:26:54 PM
i'm with you guys - i'm definetly antsy to get going with school, or at least moving in and meeting everyone! you guys are lucky though, at least you are keeping busy, im not even working right now so i am extra bored and anxious to get out of New England!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 01, 2005, 04:57:27 PM
i just took my last undergraduate final ever! im finally free!!!

i have mixed feelings about school.  part of me is really excited to start because i think im going to enjoy law school(at least i hope so), but the lazy ass part of me doesnt want summer to ever end.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 01, 2005, 05:17:20 PM
I must admit that I like being able to go to bed whenever I want to and not having homework. That's what I hated about school- always having something to do. And I'll miss weekend trips with my husband. I doubt I'll be able to take off and go to Vegas, like this weekend, anymore. Those will definitely be out of the picture once I start working in a firm. I guess we should all say goodbye to free time now.  :'(
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 01, 2005, 07:20:40 PM
oh, and i so can't wait to finally leave my job.. July 22nd is my last day here.. My boss has known since February that I was leaving.. However, he still gave me a raise yesterday.. that was nice.. I'll miss my coworkers, but I sure as hell wont miss my job..

I wanna start school already!!!

At least you got the raise...the day I decided to go to UM (in February) my boss approached me and wanted to promote me and give me stock in the company.  I had to turn her down!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on June 01, 2005, 07:47:41 PM
See my boss gives me a "promotion" which to him means more work for me, and no extra money..... oh well my last day is Friday, and today I snuck out and got in 18 holes at the local course.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 02, 2005, 10:14:41 AM
Just trying to keep a running tab on who is going to Miami.

In
Canegirl08
Casca
Casino
lalaMIA
TheFloridaGuy
Linzy628
djladyjo
calikate
ArmchairQB
croquetdc
Krambho
dsmit56
mike29
goingtomiami
VeniceJazz
Myself

Out
Jeffgdula
Pumpkinfreak
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 02, 2005, 12:01:30 PM
Has anyone gotten their orientation stuff yet?  I've heard they have a bunch of mixers and stuff including a boat ride around Miami. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 02, 2005, 12:21:27 PM
boat rides?

That would be F*ing awesome!  I got a postcard in the mail yesterday just telling me the orientation dates and that an orientation packet will follow in late June..

who'd you hear that from, by the way? a student? an applicant?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on June 02, 2005, 12:39:56 PM
Hey does anyone remember hearing at admitted students day that UM only has a 4 day school week?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 02, 2005, 12:40:51 PM
Hey does anyone remember hearing at admitted students day that UM only has a 4 day school week?

that would be the sweetest thing ever!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 02, 2005, 12:42:17 PM
I heard that from some One and 2Ls.  They said orientation week is incredibly fun.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on June 02, 2005, 12:44:48 PM
Hey does anyone remember hearing at admitted students day that UM only has a 4 day school week?

that would be the sweetest thing ever!

Yep, our guide for the tour of the law school mentioned that professors realized that students don't want to be at school on Fridays, so the school week was only 4 days.   Said Friday was for make up classes, or if you got really unlucky and got stuck with one of the few Friday classes.  However, he said you'll probably spend all day Friday in the library studying.  Just wanted to see if anyone else heard that. Of the schools I toured it seemed that Miami was the most studious atmosphere which was hard to believe considering when you think of Miami you think of coeds walking around in swimsuits and partying.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on June 02, 2005, 12:45:25 PM
I heard that from some One and 2Ls.  They said orientation week is incredibly fun.

Thanks, so I'm not the only when then.  4 day school weeks is reason enough come to UM. LOL
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on June 02, 2005, 12:48:11 PM
WOW, 4 day week, thats amazing, anyone want to start a friday morning golf club up?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 02, 2005, 01:22:21 PM
No, but if any starts a drinking late, sleeping in, laying on the beach club...I'll definately join! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 02, 2005, 01:25:13 PM
I heard that from some One and 2Ls.  They said orientation week is incredibly fun.

Thanks, so I'm not the only when then.  4 day school weeks is reason enough come to UM. LOL

No, no, no.  I was replying to djladyjo's question about where I heard about orientation week.  I have NO idea about the 4 day week.

The only bad thing about the 4 day week is that when I have to work during the summer associateship I'm going to be mad I can't have a 3 day weekend!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 02, 2005, 02:34:25 PM
WOW, 4 day week, thats amazing, anyone want to start a friday morning golf club up?

hey dsmit56, i am there with you...  but i am a beginner
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 02, 2005, 02:55:58 PM
id be up for playing golf, but i have to warn you that i only play about 2-3 times per year and have never taken any lessons, so im not very good.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 02, 2005, 03:20:56 PM
let me try to catch up.  it has been a while since i have posted. 

wow, four days a week is great.  in some ways, however, it will test us a bit because it will force us to be extra disciplined in order to get things done on fridays.  a friend of mine who recently graduated from syracuse law stated that his law school was chill on fridays as well, but a lot of the time people are studying, interviewing, and doing the like. 

casca, let me know where you end up martial arts wise in miami.  i was hardcore into kung fu when i was younger, but haven't done anything since.  i am an avid rueda de casino salsa dancer, and few places, outside of cuba, are better than miami to explore my interest, however i would be interested in getting into bjj as well.  and to everyone else, i played a ton of golf growing up, but haven't touched a club in six years.  i doubt that i will be down to play every friday, but i will definitely have my clubs down there.

sorry to hear a few people -- pumpkinfreak, jeff -- won't be joining us, but good luck at your respective schools.

also, i will be going down to miami this weekend with the goal of finding an apartment.  has anyone checked out www.lissen.com (http://www.lissen.com)?  it was advertised in the relocation guide.  i wrote the guy an email and called him, but he never responded.  whatev.  i think tommorrow i am going to call a number of plcaes and make appointments to check out some places during the time i am there.  because this will probably be the one time i will be in miami before actually moving there in the next month or two, i have to make it count.  i'll let everyone know how it goes.

well, that's it for now. 

oh, and tom cruise is nuts.  just wanted to throw that out there.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 02, 2005, 04:11:36 PM
Casino,

I agree that Tom Cruise is nuts, but haven't you known that for awhile?

I used this realtor service and it worked out pretty well.  You may want to call them and see if they can show you around one day.

Michelle Arana, Housing Advisor
Phone: (305) 529-0880
Cell: (305) 804-0276
Fax: (305) 529-0810
E-mail: marana@colfaxrealty.com
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 02, 2005, 04:42:05 PM
Hey does anyone remember hearing at admitted students day that UM only has a 4 day school week?

My tour guide told me she had class on Friday but she was one of the few people that ever showed up so I do not know if the 4 day school week is de facto or de jure policy.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 02, 2005, 04:50:55 PM
Hey does anyone remember hearing at admitted students day that UM only has a 4 day school week?

My tour guide told me she had class on Friday but she was one of the few people that ever showed up so I do not know if the 4 day school week is de facto or de jure policy.

Wow, already pulling out the big guns.  You kids and your crazy latin phrases!  ;)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 02, 2005, 04:54:12 PM
casino, ill definitely be training at the freestyle fighting academy, and i also know that um has a capoeira club that meets at the wellness center, so im going to give that a try too.  ive never done it before, but all of the acrobatics look awesome and i think it would be a cool contrast to the more rough and less graceful grappling ive been doing. 

im probably not going to start bjj or capoeira for a while though.  i want to get into a good routine with school first and then once i have my classes under control, ill see where i can fit training into my schedule.  hopefully that will be sooner rather than later, but if i feel overwhelmed with school im not going to be upset if i dont start training until 2nd semester.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 02, 2005, 05:46:27 PM
You guys in Miami are getting some pretty severe weather. I am so pissed. I was planning to lay out by the pool while I'm there next week and there are thunderstorms predicted thru next Sat.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 07:37:19 AM
so... how bout dem heat?  (my way of saying bump)

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on June 03, 2005, 08:38:29 AM
Can anyone confirm with certainty that the 4-day-week is for real?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 08:53:29 AM
i am glad that miami is in the business of teaching the law and not realty, because it seems that half of the apartments listed are either sold off or the contact person does not work at the stated locations any more.  they need to update that shizzo.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 03, 2005, 11:34:53 AM
i am glad that miami is in the business of teaching the law and not realty, because it seems that half of the apartments listed are either sold off or the contact person does not work at the stated locations any more.  they need to update that shizzo.

casino

are you there yet looking?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 01:24:18 PM
i go tommorrow.  there is one person from the guide that i have called, and she said that there is a studio available.  i will check it out monday.  i tried to call perkinsproperty.com, because they are all over the relocation guide, however i can't seem to get through to them.  i also made a contact through craigslist.  however, like i said before, some of the other properties advertised through the guide have been sold off, and some of the contact persons are now missing persons. 

any info at this point would be much appreciated.

thanks,

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 03, 2005, 01:44:19 PM
The best way to get a hold of perkins properties is to email Sommer. That is how I contacted her.  Seriously though, call a realtor!  It is the fastest way to find a place!!

Another good way to find a place is to just drive around and look for signs.  Also, email or call some of the kids on the student contact list.  I basically asked them where they lived and if they knew of any vacancies.  At the school there are some bulletin boards outside of the admissions office that have some vacancies listed.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 03, 2005, 01:48:01 PM
Casino, are you touring the campus while you're there or have you already done that? I fly to miami Tuesday night and want to check out the law school while I'm there, but don't want to schedule anything since I have no idea what my schedule will be like. Is it just as effective to walk around on your own, for anyone that's visited?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 03, 2005, 02:59:22 PM
Is it just as effective to walk around on your own, for anyone that's visited?

I went to show my boyfriend around after I went to their Law Day.. i think its perfectly feasible.. Locating the School of Law may be the hardest part, but download a map from the website.  There are metered parking spaces around there.  The building itself is not that big..  its a big cube with a courtyard "quad" in the middle.. the classrooms, offices and library are all around and its all open.. no enclosed hallways, so you can basically see the whole law school from the middle of the quad.. Dunno if the classrooms would be open, but I guess you can check that out when you are there..

As for the rest of the university, it's really nice to stroll around aimlessly through it.. especially by the lake.. its a REALLY pretty campus..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 03, 2005, 03:03:21 PM
go check out the wellness center too, its really nice!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 03, 2005, 03:26:57 PM
I'm definitely going to check out the wellness center. I spend a lot of time at the gym each week, so I need to make sure it's decent, although most apt complexes have gyms too. My concern is where I'm going to leave my laptop when I work out. Are the lockers safe? I don't think I want to leave it in the trunk of my car.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 03:34:12 PM
you can schedule a tour of the law school the day of.  normally there are two tours: one in the morning, and one a bit later.  because we are in the summer months, that may be altered.  either way, i don't believe you have to call three days in advance, or anything too drastic. 

honestly, and i hate to say it, my tour guide was a total ditz.  i really didn't learn a thing from my tour, nor was she able to answer some of my most elementary of questions.  that being said, i did feel like i got a decent feel of the classes by sitting in on one, but it was an upper level class, or so seemed.  everything that djladyjo mentioned is correct.  i would schedule a tour, though, because your access to the library may be limited without a canecard, or whatever the hell else you need to get in on your own. 

casino

Casino, are you touring the campus while you're there or have you already done that? I fly to miami Tuesday night and want to check out the law school while I'm there, but don't want to schedule anything since I have no idea what my schedule will be like. Is it just as effective to walk around on your own, for anyone that's visited?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 03:36:52 PM
will do.  thanks!  but what realtor? 

casino

The best way to get a hold of perkins properties is to email Sommer. That is how I contacted her. Seriously though, call a realtor! It is the fastest way to find a place!!

Another good way to find a place is to just drive around and look for signs. Also, email or call some of the kids on the student contact list. I basically asked them where they lived and if they knew of any vacancies. At the school there are some bulletin boards outside of the admissions office that have some vacancies listed.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 03:40:19 PM
lol!  let me think, shall i risk it with a masterlock, or intense, concentrated, 200 degree heat for over an hour??  between the two options, i would definitely go with the locker.  although i didn't go to the wellness center, i would be willing to be that the lockers there are in better shape than those at the law school.

c

I'm definitely going to check out the wellness center. I spend a lot of time at the gym each week, so I need to make sure it's decent, although most apt complexes have gyms too. My concern is where I'm going to leave my laptop when I work out. Are the lockers safe? I don't think I want to leave it in the trunk of my car.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 03, 2005, 03:57:52 PM
if i remember correctly the lockers are located outside within a hallway (the campus is basically an outdoor campus with all of the hallways exposed).  does the wellness center have lockers?  in any case it would be better than leaving it in your car.  but i would be apprehensive about leaving something in a locker where it could get "misplaced" - especially if you have all of your classwork/notes on it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 03, 2005, 03:59:56 PM
btw, it looks like i will be going down the week of the 12th.  a realtor seems like the best option - given that they probably get a commission for finding a renter.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 03, 2005, 04:35:52 PM
My husband claims that the best way to find affordable apts is to just drive around and look for "for rent" signs, since most big complexes rent out fast. He said that that's how he's always gotten his places and it's what we're doing next week.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 03, 2005, 05:22:42 PM
i don't disagree with you, but that method works better in some cities than others.  i am meeting my father there; we plan on looking together.  i think he would kill me if i told him that was the way we were going to do it. :)

casino

My husband claims that the best way to find affordable apts is to just drive around and look for "for rent" signs, since most big complexes rent out fast. He said that that's how he's always gotten his places and it's what we're doing next week.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cuse05 on June 03, 2005, 07:28:01 PM
i am definitely down for friday golf whoever is in, add my name to the list i am def going to be at miami this fall.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 03, 2005, 08:34:15 PM
i don't disagree with you, but that method works better in some cities than others.  i am meeting my father there; we plan on looking together.  i think he would kill me if i told him that was the way we were going to do it. :)

casino

My husband claims that the best way to find affordable apts is to just drive around and look for "for rent" signs, since most big complexes rent out fast. He said that that's how he's always gotten his places and it's what we're doing next week.

when i went with my dad we drove to the various areas and figure dout which ones would be feasible to live in.  then we drove around to look for nice stuff in those areas.  when none of those were found we went to evey one in the book.  we also looked for ads at the law school and spoke with a couple of real estate agents.  best of luck!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 03, 2005, 10:55:56 PM
will do.  thanks!  but what realtor? 

casino

The best way to get a hold of perkins properties is to email Sommer. That is how I contacted her. Seriously though, call a realtor! It is the fastest way to find a place!!

Another good way to find a place is to just drive around and look for signs. Also, email or call some of the kids on the student contact list. I basically asked them where they lived and if they knew of any vacancies. At the school there are some bulletin boards outside of the admissions office that have some vacancies listed.

I used Properties JD...I posted their info earlier but here it is again:

Michelle Arana, Housing Advisor
Phone: (305) 529-0880
Cell: (305) 804-0276
Fax: (305) 529-0810
E-mail: marana@colfaxrealty.com

The apartment guide listed some others but I don't know if they are any good.  Michelle found some good places.  Just remember...be very specific because you don't want to waste time driving around to see places you wouldn't consider. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 03, 2005, 10:59:14 PM
My husband claims that the best way to find affordable apts is to just drive around and look for "for rent" signs, since most big complexes rent out fast. He said that that's how he's always gotten his places and it's what we're doing next week.

Trust me, as someone who went down and tried both options...try a realtor even if it is for one day.  They are free (or at least the one I used was) so you can't beat the price!  They know of more listings than are necessarily listed in the paper or have signs out.  Most of the ones I looked at were condos for rent by a private owner so they don't really do the signs or advertisements.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 03, 2005, 11:03:22 PM
Casino, are you touring the campus while you're there or have you already done that? I fly to miami Tuesday night and want to check out the law school while I'm there, but don't want to schedule anything since I have no idea what my schedule will be like. Is it just as effective to walk around on your own, for anyone that's visited?

I got a tour from the Assistant dean of admissions.  He was GREAT!  I thought it was helpful because he told me what to expect and told me little parking secrets and what to avoid food wise at the student union.  :) I thought it was helpful.  He also let us into classrooms and the deans offices.  Look at it this way....it couldn't hurt. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 06, 2005, 08:57:33 AM
What were the parking secrets ? :) Did he mention how bad parking is and by what time you have to get there in the morning to get a spot quickly?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 06, 2005, 08:59:50 AM
What were the parking secrets ? :) Did he mention how bad parking is and by what time you have to get there in the morning to get a spot quickly?

he gave a time to get there by but I forgot what it was.  There didnt seem to be that many spots nearby but there were a few grages and far out parking with shuttle buses so it didnt seem like it would be that big a problem.  The one thing that upset me about the parking was that the 25 or so best spots (nearest the law school) were metered.  I mean seriously, as if you arent already paying enough for school and parking they make the good spots metered?!?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 06, 2005, 09:08:31 AM
I'll be in Miami Wed -Sat of this week apt hunting. I just emailed Michelle Arana about setting up appts to look at places. Are the any other rental agents I should call/email as well? And, what's the best way to look at rental condos? I think they're generally more safe and quiet than apt buildings, which I hate.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: MiamiHurricane on June 06, 2005, 09:19:22 AM
In terms of parking... the lot near the law school is terrible.  If you don't want your car dented beyond recognition, park in the far out spaces.. the Ponce garage and the parking on San Amaro are your best bets.  The law school lot fills up really fast because it is shared by the music school, the IM field, the Unger building to a certain extent, and the UC.  Additionally, the spaces are sooo tight that I have literally been stuck in my space before, and had to wait for the people around me to move.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 06, 2005, 09:39:57 AM
In terms of parking... the lot near the law school is terrible.  If you don't want your car dented beyond recognition, park in the far out spaces.. the Ponce garage and the parking on San Amaro are your best bets.  The law school lot fills up really fast because it is shared by the music school, the IM field, the Unger building to a certain extent, and the UC.  Additionally, the spaces are sooo tight that I have literally been stuck in my space before, and had to wait for the people around me to move.

I love my cars so I checked and was surprised that the ones there had as little damage as they did.  That being said, he is right, those were the smallest, hardest to get into, out of spots I have ever seen.  I dont know how you could drive anything bigger than a civic in that parking lot.  The others werent so bad but the nearest to the law school one was pretty bad aside from proximity.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 06, 2005, 12:47:22 PM
Where is Fountainbleu and is it safe/close to campus? I keep seeing ads for reasonably priced apts there.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 06, 2005, 02:50:19 PM
Where is Fountainbleu and is it safe/close to campus? I keep seeing ads for reasonably priced apts there.

The Fountainbleu (Hilton), I think, is in S. Beach right on Collins Ave.  I dont know if this is the one you are talking about though.  But when I stayed there several months ago, they had condo's for sale and the owners had many of these rented out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 06, 2005, 03:14:20 PM
the fountianebleu is an awesome hotel.  They are/were building condos but they are pretty (read:really) far from school and not likely to be cheap.  I bet you are seeing stuff from the fountaibleu Milton (Not Hilton) which is cheaper and further (near the fountainbleu golf course I believe).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 06, 2005, 04:05:32 PM
The Fontainebleu area is different than the Fontanbleu hotel..

The Fontainebleu area (with the cheap apts) is west of the airport.. its a decent area, but not very nice.. i'd like to say its kind of on the ghetto side from my experience.. hardworking moderate income families live in the areas, its very hispanic, and kinda of outta the way.. I say drive by the area and look around.. but traffic is supposed to be really bad around there.. so i'm sure it'll take you a while to get to school..

The Fontainebleu Hilton is on Miami Beach and was for the longest time the nicest hotel in Miami.. Miss Universe used to always be held there (before they started havign it in different countries).. the hotel is a bit outdated, but still very nice..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ArmChairQB on June 07, 2005, 12:33:59 PM
Can anyone confirm with certainty that the 4-day-week is for real?

I can't confirm it, but our tour guide said that most sections have a 4-day week unless you are in the unlucky sections that have a Friday morning class. He said Friday's were used alot for make-up classes. 
However, I was reading the  FAQ's for admitted students and it says your first substantive class starts on Friday August 19th and depending on your section you will have either one or two classes that day and will be done by 12:30.

I guess you will find out in time, whether the 4-day week is a reality.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on June 07, 2005, 10:18:25 PM
Sorry to be MIA. I've been working hard at the JWJ program.

Just so you know, my initial impressions in law school are great. I find the work to be extremely interesting and the professors very competent and fascinating.

That said, it is going to be tough. There is a great deal of work to be done and keeping up with it takes some effort. I'm not saying that the material is very difficult, it's just there is a lot to do and it takes awhile to figure things out.


On another note, if anyone is in the Miami area in the next couple of weeks and would like to meet some future 1L's, send me an e-mail. I can be reached at bwvr@hotmail.com. We tend to work during the week, but go out on the weekends.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 08, 2005, 07:29:40 AM
i was in miami this weekend.  although i am still in the process of waiting for the application to go through, if all goes well, i will have an apartment in coconut grove for 800 a month.

i feel like i got a good sense of miami this weekend.  to my surprise, the traffic was not bad at all this weekend, nor on monday or tuesday.  except for a drawbridge that would not come down, i didn't find it that hard to get around.  northbound on us 1 and some of the streets on southbeach were the most backed up areas.

i felt that coconut grove, coral gables, and brickell were by far the most liveable areas (surprise, surprise).  when i first went to the law school a few months ago, i only checked out the immediate surrounding areas of the school in coral gables, yet this time i went up le juene avenue and there seemed to be quite a bit of housing in that area, which was very nice.  brickell, of course, is great; the best way to find housing there is probably the website that was circulating around.  there are a lot of signs posted in coconut grove.  i wrote them all down and started calling.  thankfully it yeilded a decent result. 

for whatever reason, i also looked into the design district because i like its proximity to downtown and the beach.  that being said, it does shut down at night, and i saw a few hookers, although good-natured in appearance, on duty.  i had to scratch the area off on my list.

as for finding apartments, i found that the new times, i believe, is a great resource -- much better than the miami herald.  it's a free newspaper that can be found all over the place in the city.

the parking lot at the law school is ridiculous.  it takes an eight-point turn to properly situate one's car.

as for summer reading, i finished a civil action this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it.  i bought the buffalo creek disaster, which proves to be similar, but probably not as well written, and getting to maybe.

i am also a bit disapointed the university of miami law school t-shirts are not cooler looking.

overall, it was a nice weekend.

casino

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 08, 2005, 09:30:37 AM
for the cooler UM law t-shirts there is a bookstore specializing in law books.  It is off Dixie (US 1) across from campus near the starbucks.   For the life of me, I can't remember what the name is.  I got a couple shirts from there (Girls: they have the cutest UM Law tank tops and babydoll tees). 

Casino, what are the specs on your apartment..sq feet,# of bedrooms,# of bath.  It sounds like you got a good deal!

The spots everywhere in Miami are tight!!!  My mom and I rented an explorer when we went down and I had to pull some tight maneuvers around there!  I'm used to Dallas where everyone drives HUGE SUVs and the spots are sized accordingly.

Just for practice, I parked in the garage off of Ponce and took that Hurry Cane Shuttle to the LS.  It was suprisingly quick!  On nice days though, I'd park there and walk because it couldn't have been more than a 10 minute walk.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on June 08, 2005, 11:22:45 AM
The tshirt they sent us fits me, my mom, my sister and my dog - all at the same time.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 08, 2005, 05:35:27 PM
The tshirt they sent us fits me, my mom, my sister and my dog - all at the same time.

ha ha ha...

Mine fits me pretty well.....  Uh oh!  Does this mean I'm fat?  ;)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 08, 2005, 08:10:29 PM
i know exactly where that store is.  yeah, the law school t-shirts at the bookstore are kind of lame, but at the same time i want to be lame and where a law school shirt while i am working out. ;)  i'll check it out when i get back down there.

the t-shirt that they sent us is huge.  i washed and dried that *&^% for about an hour without effect.

my apartment is a one bedroom, one bath.  i am not sure about the number of square feet, but i do know that it is pretty small.  but, it has a washer and dryer in the unit, and everything was very new and freshly painted.  i am happy.

casino

for the cooler UM law t-shirts there is a bookstore specializing in law books. It is off Dixie (US 1) across from campus near the starbucks. For the life of me, I can't remember what the name is. I got a couple shirts from there (Girls: they have the cutest UM Law tank tops and babydoll tees).

Casino, what are the specs on your apartment..sq feet,# of bedrooms,# of bath. It sounds like you got a good deal!

The spots everywhere in Miami are tight!!! My mom and I rented an explorer when we went down and I had to pull some tight maneuvers around there! I'm used to Dallas where everyone drives HUGE SUVs and the spots are sized accordingly.

Just for practice, I parked in the garage off of Ponce and took that Hurry Cane Shuttle to the LS. It was suprisingly quick! On nice days though, I'd park there and walk because it couldn't have been more than a 10 minute walk.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 08, 2005, 10:39:11 PM
i know exactly where that store is.  yeah, the law school t-shirts at the bookstore are kind of lame, but at the same time i want to be lame and where a law school shirt while i am working out. ;)  i'll check it out when i get back down there.

the t-shirt that they sent us is huge.  i washed and dried that sh*t for about an hour without effect.

my apartment is a one bedroom, one bath.  i am not sure about the number of square feet, but i do know that it is pretty small.  but, it has a washer and dryer in the unit, and everything was very new and freshly painted.  i am happy.

casino


casino, is this a high-rise?  also, would you mind sharing the name of the building?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ArmChairQB on June 09, 2005, 01:36:52 PM
I was told the good law school t-shirts were sold out at graduation.


Casino, could you elaborate on your impressions of Coconut Grove.  Obviously, you liked it and I have heard many law students live there.  I am going to check it out, but have heard a mixed bag.  Some say it is very loud because it is an area where people hang out and go to clubs. Also, I have heard some of the areas are sketchy.


Also, not sure if people have checked it out already, but they have updated and put a wealth of information about Orientation on the website.

You can learn about your pre-orientation activities such as a Star Island Cruise, Marlins game, club night on South Beach, and other selected activities  ;D

Among other things, you can check out the professors that will be teaching first year classes and soon drilling you by the Socratic method. 


Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 09, 2005, 02:01:39 PM
whoa.. thanks for posting that they have updated the orientation website..

Some of those activities sound fun and, more importantly, start soon..I need to be remininded that I will no longer have to come to my office pretty soon..  ;D

HmMMmm.. definately signing up for the cruise and the Marlin's game..the picnics and BBqs should be fun too... maybe i'll just sign up for everything else too? hmmm.. fun fun fun!! Can't wait!

/end excited silliness

edit: damn, i'm takign a cruise to Mexico the week of the first happy hour at the Beach Club.. so I guess thats one event i'll miss..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 09, 2005, 02:17:12 PM
im not into the club scene so im going to skip the club night, but ill try to make it to a few of those other events.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 09, 2005, 02:44:36 PM
yeah, i just saw the orientation page.  exciting and nervous at the same time; i am starting to get the sense that this whole law school thing really is going to happen in the near, near future.  i'll try to hit up some of the events as well.

i think that coconut grove is a nice area, although i can see where some areas, in particular, may be noisy.  it appeared that there was some sort of major funtion going on there last saturday, and bayshore drive was closed down to traffic, which in turn caused a ton of other traffic in some of the other areas.  that being said, if you are away from the immediate area of cocowalk, i don't think it will be any louder than any other place.  there are some extremely poor areas nearby as well, which i stumbled upon by accident.  however, its proximity to school, and the rest of miami, makes the area very attractive. 

to be honest, i do not believe that my building has a name, nor is it a high-rise.  i checked out one high-rise on bayshore drive, and there was a one bedroom there going for a little over a thousand a month.  if you drive around bird street, 27th avenue, and look in the new times, you will be able to find ample apartments for around 800.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 09, 2005, 02:59:00 PM
Casino, when you moving down here?

Everyone else?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on June 09, 2005, 03:12:42 PM
i just came down but im leaving again in a few days.  ill be back for good at the end of july.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 09, 2005, 04:15:41 PM
i am moving in the middle of july.  i want to have as much fun as possible before school starts - so about 4 weeks sounds about right...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 09, 2005, 05:26:46 PM
hopefully, if all goes well with my apartment, i will be in miami the first of july.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 09, 2005, 06:18:01 PM
alrighty so, so far we have the beginning, the middle and the end of July..

maybe we should have an LSD happy hour sometime mid-end July.. although thats when the pre-orientation stuff begins, so we could just do that instead..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 09, 2005, 07:27:27 PM
you people that are still apt. hunting, should check out this site:

www.housingmaps.com

it combines the listings on craigslist with google maps, and allows you view the location of all of the apts. available in your price range..

read about it in a CNN article, which can be found here:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/06/09/google.map.hacks.ap/index.html
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 09, 2005, 08:31:08 PM
I just got back from apartment hunting in Miami so I thought I would give some impressions from my visit.

First of all I ended up getting a condo at Key Biscayne and I cannot be happier with it.  It has a very good view (including a distant view of Brickell and Downtown) and is pretty big.  Unfourtunately it is also very expensive.  I personally think Key Biscayne is worth every penny.  It is nice to be able to get away from all of the craziness in Miami and relax at the end of the day.  The view of the Miami skyline on the drive from Key Biscayne is one of the best in the city.  The drive is a little long but still better than South Beach.  Anyway, I strongly recommend the area to anyone who wants a little peace and quiet (relatively).  I had a great real estate agent who helped me rent my place, if anyone is interested I would be happy to provide you with her contact info via PM.

While I was in Miami I decided to check out Northern Miami Beach, Normandy Isle, and North Bay Village.  I was not impressed.  They all seemed a little too ghetto for my taste.  The drive along 82nd to get back to 95 is really sketchy looking.  I know it is really far and most people probably aren't looking there anyway, but just in case someone see's the low prices and gets tempted, take my word for it, it isn't worth it.

I also drove around Palm and Hibiscus Islands and I was really surprised how crappy many of the houses were.  There are some beautiful houses on Palm but most of the houses are pretty mediocre.

Anyway, my lease starts mid July so I will be down there around the 15th.  I hope to run into some of you before school starts.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 09, 2005, 11:35:58 PM
is anyone going to use the university's health insurance?  it seems pretty expensive.  and aren't there a whole bunch of shots that we need to get before school starts?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 10, 2005, 05:48:30 AM
i'm using their health insurance.. although it may seem expensive, its WAY cheaper than trying to find a policy on your own.. the cheapest private insurance i found was about $300/month, unless you are still eligible to be covered by your parent's insurance or something (which i'm not)?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: pinkgeeta on June 10, 2005, 07:42:17 AM
Where is the new orientation information posted on the website (activities, professors, etc)?  Can't seem to find it. Thanks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on June 10, 2005, 08:10:18 AM
I was in Miami getting an apt. last weekend.  I'm moving down the end of July/first part of August.  (Haven't yet decided exactly when.)

hopefully, if all goes well with my apartment, i will be in miami the first of july.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 10, 2005, 08:19:14 AM
there is a big, fat orientation link in the middle of the admitted students' page.  i didn't see it at first, either.

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Where is the new orientation information posted on the website (activities, professors, etc)? Can't seem to find it. Thanks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 10, 2005, 08:21:14 AM
very nice.  i took a drive down to key biscayne with my father on tuesday before catching a flight to go home.  it's actually very close to school, all things considered.  beautiful area.  you might be the youngest one there, though. ;)

so, i guess this means you'll be getting a C-card to go through the toll?

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I just got back from apartment hunting in Miami so I thought I would give some impressions from my visit.

First of all I ended up getting a condo at Key Biscayne and I cannot be happier with it. It has a very good view (including a distant view of Brickell and Downtown) and is pretty big. Unfourtunately it is also very expensive. I personally think Key Biscayne is worth every penny. It is nice to be able to get away from all of the craziness in Miami and relax at the end of the day. The view of the Miami skyline on the drive from Key Biscayne is one of the best in the city. The drive is a little long but still better than South Beach. Anyway, I strongly recommend the area to anyone who wants a little peace and quiet (relatively). I had a great real estate agent who helped me rent my place, if anyone is interested I would be happy to provide you with her contact info via PM.

While I was in Miami I decided to check out Northern Miami Beach, Normandy Isle, and North Bay Village. I was not impressed. They all seemed a little too ghetto for my taste. The drive along 82nd to get back to 95 is really sketchy looking. I know it is really far and most people probably aren't looking there anyway, but just in case someone see's the low prices and gets tempted, take my word for it, it isn't worth it.

I also drove around Palm and Hibiscus Islands and I was really surprised how crappy many of the houses were. There are some beautiful houses on Palm but most of the houses are pretty mediocre.

Anyway, my lease starts mid July so I will be down there around the 15th. I hope to run into some of you before school starts.


Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 10, 2005, 10:16:44 AM
I'm in Miami right now and sign my lease today. Despite what everyone on this board says, I found an AWESOME place for only $1200/month (3bdrm, 2 bath) in W Kendall (w of the turnpike). I've done the drive to UM and with no traffic it's 15 min and with probably 45 min at the WORST. If anyone on this board is from LA, DC or a similar city traffic is nothing. It feels like there is none, except in certain sections that bunch up, but I'm sure there are surface streets that you can use to avoid this. Miami is really easy to navigate once you get the major roads down. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Plus, if you live in Brickell, you'll have to drive to get to grocery stores, etc anyway (and a lot of it is ghetto around here - our hotel is in Brickell). Kendall is very nice and does not have that busy city feel and everything you could ever need is on Kendall drive (I'm right around the corner from Costco, Kmart, etc). If you are sick of city life and want a better value for your money, I definitely recommend Kendall.

Oh, and Miami rocks. The city is very pretty and the people are nice and seem happy for the most part.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 10, 2005, 10:44:46 AM
very nice.  i took a drive down to key biscayne with my father on tuesday before catching a flight to go home.  it's actually very close to school, all things considered.  beautiful area.  you might be the youngest one there, though. ;)

so, i guess this means you'll be getting a C-card to go through the toll?
The C-pass is only $24/year (+$20 deposit).

There are quite a few younger people in the area I am moving to, plus I am not exactly young myself (32).  All in all I think I will like it.  Brickell was my second choice but I would have ended up with a smaller apartment.  The one I got is a one bedroom with over 1000 sq ft.


Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: sha2101 on June 10, 2005, 01:47:45 PM
Hi - I'm headed for UM Law in August too!  Not sure if you guys have already addressed this, but I'm trying to figure out what kind of laptop to get.  I want something really lightweight, but so many of the smaller models don't meet the school's recommended 2.8Ghz processor minimum.  Is this a big deal?  Obviously I'm not so tech savvy.  If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should get, I'd really appreciate it.  Gracias.......         
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 10, 2005, 10:32:28 PM
I don't think I can make any of the orientation events - is that bad? we move to miami mid-July but then my husband and i are going to travel for family things right through the end of the first week of august.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 10, 2005, 11:02:38 PM
I can't believe that there are only 2 female professors for 1Ls. That seems odd to me. Usually schools try to make it a little more even.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on June 11, 2005, 04:54:23 PM
Well I have a bit of a problem...I was accepted at FSU, now I am torn over where to go. I really like Miami, but its so expensive. Coming from out of state I know I am going to be paying through the nose for the first year, but that $7,500 a year for 2nd and 3rd sure do look nice at FSU. Its so hard for me to decide, I find myself trying to convince myself to go to Miami, but then the money and ranking thing seems to come back up. I really want to do sports law, and I know that Miami is the place, but its just so hard to decide. If anyone has any opinions I am all ears.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 11, 2005, 05:56:01 PM
Well I have a bit of a problem...I was accepted at FSU, now I am torn over where to go. I really like Miami, but its so expensive. Coming from out of state I know I am going to be paying through the nose for the first year, but that $7,500 a year for 2nd and 3rd sure do look nice at FSU. Its so hard for me to decide, I find myself trying to convince myself to go to Miami, but then the money and ranking thing seems to come back up. I really want to do sports law, and I know that Miami is the place, but its just so hard to decide. If anyone has any opinions I am all ears.


there is another thread on this site that says that florida may change its in-state status rules.  the change would hurt those who were planning on getting in-state tuition for their second and third years.  florida currently changes in state status when you live/work in florida for 12 months, but now attending school for that year will not count.  i dont know if it has passed though. 

an effect of the passage of the legislation may push Univ of Miami higher in terms of ranking in florida.


http://www.lawschooldiscussion.org/prelaw/index.php/topic,34753.0.html
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 11, 2005, 07:35:17 PM
i'd say go visit if you havent.. Tallahassee and Miami are like night and day.. i'm a big fan of telling people to go where they feel is right.. where you will be happy for three years.. the debt will pay itself off somehow one way or another..

But definately visit the schools.. i actually did not want to go to Miami at ALL.. i applied here to appease my mother and my boyfriend.. but then i went to go visit the other places I was accepted into, and ended up REALLY LOVING Univ. og Miami, although I had a million hesitations about going to school here.. Nothing anybody could have said would have changed my mind, but visiting the school did..

those are my 2 cents.. :)


Well I have a bit of a problem...I was accepted at FSU, now I am torn over where to go. I really like Miami, but its so expensive. Coming from out of state I know I am going to be paying through the nose for the first year, but that $7,500 a year for 2nd and 3rd sure do look nice at FSU. Its so hard for me to decide, I find myself trying to convince myself to go to Miami, but then the money and ranking thing seems to come back up. I really want to do sports law, and I know that Miami is the place, but its just so hard to decide. If anyone has any opinions I am all ears.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 12, 2005, 09:51:30 AM
Hi - I'm headed for UM Law in August too!  Not sure if you guys have already addressed this, but I'm trying to figure out what kind of laptop to get.  I want something really lightweight, but so many of the smaller models don't meet the school's recommended 2.8Ghz processor minimum.  Is this a big deal?  Obviously I'm not so tech savvy.  If anyone has any suggestions as to what I should get, I'd really appreciate it.  Gracias.......         

look at the dell 600, 700, and 6000.  you DO NOT need a 2.8 GHz processor.  anything over 1.5 is fine.  I will prob get a 2.0 6000.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: HeatFan on June 12, 2005, 12:44:26 PM
Well I have a bit of a problem...I was accepted at FSU, now I am torn over where to go. I really like Miami, but its so expensive. Coming from out of state I know I am going to be paying through the nose for the first year, but that $7,500 a year for 2nd and 3rd sure do look nice at FSU. Its so hard for me to decide, I find myself trying to convince myself to go to Miami, but then the money and ranking thing seems to come back up. I really want to do sports law, and I know that Miami is the place, but its just so hard to decide. If anyone has any opinions I am all ears.

I am from Florida, so I'm familiar with the Florida schools. congrats on your acceptances.  My observations as far as rankings are concerned I wouldn't let that be a deciding factor at all. Once you are out of the top 20, they don't mean much and you want to go to the law school in the area where you want to practice.  Also, school rankings are volatile. I believe FSU's went from 64 to 67 to 56 in the past 3 years.  However, I believe the most important rating in US.News is peer assessment, which is the opinion of what judges/lawyers and other law schools think of your school.  FSU is a 2.7 and a 2.8 I believe and UM's is a 2.8 and 3.0. UM's is high enough to be a top 40 school, but the USNews rewards smaller class sizes and UM gets hurt because of this. For example they have a 20-1 faculty-student ratio, where FSU's is around 14-1 i think. If UM turns those other factors around I think UM has the opportunity to vault up the rankings because of their high peer assessment scores. With that being said I think both schools are on the rise.

Other things I would consider is that FSU places only about 100-110 people into firms from their class. The rest go into public interest and government. I would assume they are more geared towards placement in those areas since they are in the state's capital. I believe they also have a strong Environmental and Land Use program.

As far as UM, I know it places great in South Florida and is respected in the Northeast.  From talking to lawyers from the Northeast they say UM would be the place to go over FSU and thought FSU had a bad reputation and was a southern school. I think UM is more respected and gives you greater mobility than a FSU degree.  I believe UM has good programs in international, entertainment, and tax LLM program.  If you are looking into sports law there is definately more going on in South Florida with 4 major sports franchises and the entertainment companies in Miami. You might be able to network better for employment opportunities at UM than in Tallahassee. Sports law I have heard is about who you know and both schools have great football teams, so you might be able to gain some future clients at both schools. So no advantage to either school in that regard ;).

FSU's main advantage is the money difference which can't be discounted either.  In my opinion I think UM is more respected and will open up more doors than an FSU degree, despite the current rankings. However, where I am from in Florida, UM and UF are held in higher regard than FSU so I might be slightly biased.  Make sure to do your own DD and good luck with your decision.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 12, 2005, 09:59:41 PM
Hey Y'all!!

I've been out of town for a few days and so I'm just getting caught back up.

If we do a LSD get together, can it be August 2nd or so?  My dad is moving me down and staying to help me out for a few days and I would feel bad if I leave him alone at the apartment to go hang out with new friends.  Ya know?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: HeatFan on June 12, 2005, 11:21:54 PM

Other things I would consider is that FSU places only about 100-110 people into firms from their class.


Is that a bad number considering that the entering class is only 250 to begin with?


Actually FSU's class is 220 seats. Unless they increased their enrollment this year.

It is not that this is a bad number, but I was comparing it to UM whose class is around 400 and used to have a class of 550 until about 5 or 6 years ago.  Most law schools place more than 48% of their class in firms.  I thought this number was very low.  I think it is a combination of FSU grads not being able to get the great firm jobs plus grads electing to go into public interest and gov't because they have less debt. Another comparison would be UF also a state school which I believe places 63-65% in firms and has a total class of around 400.  Based on this I would believe UM has more firm connections especially since its alumni base is much larger than FSU's.  Since close to half of FSU grads go into public interest and gov't the need to place people into firms isn't as great compared to UM who places 70% into firms of a class over 400.  Everything I've been told is that FSU places mostly in small and mid-size firms whereas Miami places better in larger firms especially big-law in Miami.

I think this is relevant to the original poster in deciding the chances of getting the type of job in the area he wants to practice. I think UM by virtue of a larger alumni base and the need to place more grads in firms, might give a better opportunity for the original poster to get the type of job he wants compared to FSU.  If he said he wanted to practice public interest I'd say definately go to FSU.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: HeatFan on June 13, 2005, 09:14:33 AM

Actually FSU's class is 220 seats. Unless they increased their enrollment this year.


My acceptance letter stated 250.

Either way, I wasn't trying to argue with you. I was genuinely curious if that particular ratio was considered low. I agree that for the OP's specific interest of sports law Miami seems to be the better option.


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It is interesting to see they decided to increase their class this year.

Also, I wasn't trying to argue with you either, just responding to you and stating my opinion based on my research and who I have talked to. Anyways, I'll stop hijacking this thread with my comments and good luck to you and everyone else wherever you end up.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on June 13, 2005, 10:17:52 AM
dsmit56 let me know what you decide. No hard feelings man, this is a lot of money to spend/borrow. 

If anyone is in need of a roommate or knows someone who is please let me know.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on June 13, 2005, 10:48:39 AM
If anyone knows a place that I should check out or if anyone wants to meet up drop me a line. I will be down in Miami next week looking for places.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 13, 2005, 12:51:46 PM
Just so all of you know, when I was looking for places this past weekend I was told that it's best to look 2-3 weeks before you want to move in, especially if you want to rent from a private owner and not a management company. I am so used to looking 2 months ahead of time that this took me by surprise. So, I'm paying for the entire month of July, even though I won't be there until the 20th or so. Also, I used craigslist and had a lot of luck. The thought of living in an apartment complex was in no way appealing, and craigslist has lots of nice houses listed, especially if you don't mind driving. I was also a little surprised that there weren't more "for rent" signs around. We drove for 4 hrs all over Kendall and Coral Gables and saw, maybe, 6 or 7.

Oh, and for those of you who drive trucks or SUVs considered as trucks (like my husband) you can't rent in Coral Gables. There's a city ordinence that prohibits them.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on June 13, 2005, 01:21:52 PM
Well everyone I am 99% sure I am going to Miami...once again. Thanks for all the advice, I have thought it over and have realized that Miami is a great fit for me. And I could never see myself cheering for the Noles. By the way Calikate, I drive an SUV, what do you mean I cant rent? Krambho, I am still in, let me know what you find.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 13, 2005, 01:43:08 PM
i think that only applies to single family homes.. Coral Gables has many zoning laws that require you have approval of everything from the color of the paint of your home, to what can be parked in your yard, sizes of signs, etc..

I've never heard of this being a problem with condos or the areas around Miracle Mile, where I know many of my friends live.. i'm sure if you ask your landlord/realtor, they'll tell you the details...

The Coral Gables zoning laws are on this website:
http://www.coralgables.com/CGWeb/documents/bnz_docs/CodeEnforce.pdf


Well everyone I am 99% sure I am going to Miami...once again. Thanks for all the advice, I have thought it over and have realized that Miami is a great fit for me. And I could never see myself cheering for the Noles. By the way Calikate, I drive an SUV, what do you mean I cant rent? Krambho, I am still in, let me know what you find.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 13, 2005, 02:20:54 PM
My impression was that you cannot rent anywhere in Coral Gables (near the campus) with certain types of vehicles. And I think it depends on the type of SUV. I guess some are considered to be more of a "truck" and others more of a "car." It all sounded pretty stupid to me and, besides, who'd want to rent somewhere with tons of "rules."
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 13, 2005, 04:48:11 PM
everyone -

what should i do once i finish my apps for my loans.  i recently finished the online applications for both the stafford and private loan.  i signed both electronically.  do i need to do anything else?  it said that i need to wait for certification from the school - is that all i need to do?  do i need to send in a signed hardcopy?

thanks!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Krambho on June 13, 2005, 05:15:08 PM
dsmit56 I will look for places that allow SUV's. Also anyone else interested feel free to contact me.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 13, 2005, 06:40:22 PM
everyone -

what should i do once i finish my apps for my loans.  i recently finished the online applications for both the stafford and private loan.  i signed both electronically.  do i need to do anything else?  it said that i need to wait for certification from the school - is that all i need to do?  do i need to send in a signed hardcopy?

thanks!

I was wondering that myself.  For the Federal loan I think the electronically signed MPN is all you need.  I do not know about the Private loans.  Mine has been in for about two weeks with my electronic signiture and my cosignors paper signiture.  It says the credit is approved but it is still waiting for the school to certify (which I hope they do in the near future).  There is a space on the status screen for "Recieved Promissory Note" and it is blank.  I have no idea if there is a promissory note that I still have to sign.  I hope Miami gets off their butt and certifies my loan soon so I can stop stressing about it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 13, 2005, 10:05:20 PM
i got the orientation packet in the mail today!

It would have been more exciting if I hadnt read the admitted students website.. because it just includes a copy of everything on the website, printed in different color sheets..  :-*

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 14, 2005, 09:42:54 AM
Which orientation events are you guys planning to attend? I wonder what they have planned during the actual 2 days of orientation.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on June 14, 2005, 02:30:59 PM
There is no way that SUVs are not allowed - I know as a fact because my boyfriend lived off Santona St (directly across from campus) and he drives an Explorer. All his friends drive SUVs as well...plus I saw a ton of them in the law school parking lot. If the entire city of Coral Gables forbids SUVs then so would the law school...maybe this so called "law" is for street parking or something else, but otherwise this is just rediculous.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on June 14, 2005, 06:58:31 PM
Is anyone getting one of the meal plans (like the one meal a day)?  Re: all the posts about parking at the law school....never been happier to have a mini :) lol.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 14, 2005, 09:20:35 PM
i was wondering about meals.. i would hate to have a meal plan at this age.. but what WILL we do for lunch? eating out everyday gets expensive, especially when living mostly on loans..

would it be silly to bring your own lunch? do they even have microwaves or anything of the sort to use?  Depnding on our schedules, we may be able to shoot home for meals.. i dunno..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 14, 2005, 10:14:04 PM
Which orientation events are you guys planning to attend? I wonder what they have planned during the actual 2 days of orientation.

I'm definately doing the Star Island cruise and probably the happy hour at that one bar. I'm also excited about the baseball game. 

I've heard from some 2 and 3Ls that they have little skits and activities during orientation.  Then, on Tuesday night, they take us out to an ultra-swanky dinner at the Biltmore and surreptitiously post the assignments.  Sneaky them! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 15, 2005, 07:47:14 AM
There is no way that SUVs are not allowed - I know as a fact because my boyfriend lived off Santona St (directly across from campus) and he drives an Explorer. All his friends drive SUVs as well...plus I saw a ton of them in the law school parking lot. If the entire city of Coral Gables forbids SUVs then so would the law school...maybe this so called "law" is for street parking or something else, but otherwise this is just rediculous.
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/5668957.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 15, 2005, 07:49:37 AM
if that link doesnt work just do a google search for coral gables SUV ordinance.  "Driveway drama: Is SUV a truck in Gables?" at miami.com was the 3rd result I got.

If you park your SUV in your Coral Gables driveway overnight, are you breaking the law?

That's the latest question being raised in South Florida's most appearance-conscious city, which enforces stringent rules on everything from paint to vehicles.

The city already forbids pickup trucks from parking in driveways from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Now, pickup owners are asking why SUVs and minivans are allowed to park outside at night when pickups are not.

City rules say trucks are not allowed. So, pickup owners say, shouldn't the city include SUVs in that ban?

Good question, says the city attorney.

''The city may have to look at the codes again,'' said City Attorney Elizabeth Hernandez. 'The question is now, `Do we need to clarify the rules when federal guidelines describe SUVs as trucks?' ''

This is a city, after all, that tells residents what colors they can paint their homes -- outside and inside -- and how high their grass can be. Those rules have preserved the city's historic, Mediterranean style architecture and its lush, leafy streets -- and have given it a reputation for being a bit pretentious.

But city leaders say the strict codes are far from snobbery; they are simply a way to maintain that Gables charm.

Written in the early 1970s when pickups conjured up images of laborers hauling steel or hay bales, the truck ordinance has been challenged by dozens of residents who claim it infringes on their right to drive a vehicle of their choice.

An owner of a Ford F-150, Lowell Kuvin, filed a lawsuit against the city last week after getting fined $50 for parking his truck in front of his home, which does not have a garage.

''What is he going to do, move out of the city now because he can't park his truck there?'' asks Spencer Kuvin, Lowell Kuvin's brother and attorney. ``It's ridiculous because there are bigger vehicles in his neighborhood. Some people are driving Cadillac Escalades and Chevy Suburbans -- and they don't get ticketed. That's unfair.''

Now Commissioner Wayne ''Chip'' Withers says the law needs to be revisited so the city can get a better grasp on what is or is not allowed.

As it is written now, he said, he himself may be a violator. And thousands of city residents. After all, his son's 2000 Ford Explorer sits overnight in front of his home.

''Technically, I'm in violation,'' Withers said.

LOTS OF COMPANY

If he is, then so are thousands of the city's residents.

On a recent weeknight, nearly half of the vehicles parked in driveways in many blocks throughout the city were sports utility vehicles or minivans. Some homes had up to three SUVs in the driveway.

The city has never cited an SUV or minivan for overnight driveway parking and is not likely to start doing so now, officials say. But the law's vagueness has some debating whether a better definition of a ''truck'' should exist, or whether the law should be abolished altogether.

''This is one of those things that should be explored,'' Commissioner Maria Anderson said. ``In 2003, minivans, SUVs, expensively converted army vehicles and high-end trucks are part of our living experience and a lifestyle choice, and not intended for commercial use.''

But Mayor Don Slesnick doesn't want the pickup ordinance watered down.

''We have kept this the City Beautiful by having a number of zoning codes that prevent us from looking like other cities that don't look like City Beautiful,'' Slesnick said.

Resident Linda O'Reilly, who drives a Jeep Cherokee, said the assertion that SUVs fall under the truck ordinance is ridiculous.

''They'd be crazy to enforce that law,'' she said. ``Although, I don't think pickups should be banned either.''

NOT THE SAME

Attorney Michael Hacker, who lives in Gables by the Sea, thinks SUVS should not be in the same category as trucks. His wife drives a Range Rover.

''I am definitely in favor of banning trucks,'' said Hacker. ``They are unsightly, and this is not a commercial area.''

Car industry officials say the law is discriminatory and should be re-evaluated.

''I've never heard of something like this,'' said Eron Shosteck, spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. ``Obviously, no one should be discriminated against because of the type of car they drive.''
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 15, 2005, 08:38:22 AM

Car industry officials say the law is discriminatory and should be re-evaluated.

''I've never heard of something like this,'' said Eron Shosteck, spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. ``Obviously, no one should be discriminated against because of the type of car they drive.''


You know, I hear that the original Civil Rights Act actually included barring discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, size of car, sex or national origin but it was mysteriously dropped at the last second.  (Damn you Japanese car lobby!!!!!)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 15, 2005, 08:52:34 AM
Are any of you taking you sig. others/family to the orientation stuff? It says we can, but I don't know if  it'll be weird.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 15, 2005, 08:56:23 AM
they are talking about driveways.. which once again, i think only applies to people that live in single family homes that actually have driveways..

if you're in a condo (which typically include a parking lot), or park on the street (public parking), that law does not apply.. i can almost bet on this..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 15, 2005, 09:06:23 AM
I'm taking my SO to the two BBQs.. and maybe the club night (if i decide to go).. I'm holding back on the deciding whether to go to the club night until I found out what club they select.. I like very few clubs on SoBe.. we'll just see..

I want to go to a few events on my own so i can meet more people and socialize more freely without having to worry if he is having a good time...

Are any of you taking you sig. others/family to the orientation stuff? It says we can, but I don't know if  it'll be weird.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 15, 2005, 10:17:41 AM
Are any of you taking you sig. others/family to the orientation stuff? It says we can, but I don't know if  it'll be weird.

A friend of mine is coming to visit Aug 4th through 8th so I'm definately taking her to the events I'm going to!  I know she'll get along with everyone so I'm not particularly concerned. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 15, 2005, 11:18:41 AM
just browsing through the admitted students page some more.. the night club listing they have is very outdated, some of those clubs are no longer open.. and havent been for a couple of years.. http://currentstudents.law.miami.edu/miamiinfo/night.html

Thy also have a hurricance info. page for those of you that are interested: http://currentstudents.law.miami.edu/miamiinfo/hurricane.html


two more months..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 15, 2005, 11:41:09 AM
just browsing through the admitted students page some more.. the night club listing they have is very outdated, some of those clubs are no longer open.. and havent been for a couple of years.. http://currentstudents.law.miami.edu/miamiinfo/night.html

Thy also have a hurricance info. page for those of you that are interested: http://currentstudents.law.miami.edu/miamiinfo/hurricane.html


two more months..


You seem to know the area.  My dad said when he went to UM (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth)  they had lock-ins at bars.  They had hurricane survival parties where they boarded up the bar and let everyone drink until the storm had passed.  Is it true?  Anyone ever heard of this?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 15, 2005, 12:10:52 PM
hahah yeah i've heard of lock-ins at bars.. not sure if its an urban myth or if its for real.. my boyfriend really wanted to look into going to one last year.. unfortunately, i could not leave my mom by herself during a hurricane and was not about to take her into a lock-in at a bar either.. so we didnt research the topic further..

i'll ask around..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 15, 2005, 01:05:21 PM
just asked my one of my coworkers.. and he said that during Hurricane Andrew, they instilled a curfew across the county (sunset to sunrise).. but that some clubs would open, but you had to stay there overnight so as not to break curfew.  This was after the hurricane had passed, though and that a lot of people did this because they didnt have a/c or running water at home.. and the clubs had a/c and drinks, so it was actually better than being at their homes..


we also thought that staying at a club DURING the storm would not be fun.. because last year, for example, during one of the storms, we were locked in our homes for 36-72 hours.. and thats a pretty long time to be in a club, at some point you would wanna go home and sleep on a comfy bed, or eat, or just be let out!! Well that is unless you are on some hard core drugs and are able to dance and party for days straight.. also, if the storm did hit, you may not be able to get home anytime soon since the streets are usually blocked with debris and fallen trees and other barriers that can take days to clean up..

 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 15, 2005, 01:35:56 PM
okay, now i'm petrified of hurricanes.  Is it too late to accept my other offers? ;)  I've heard this is supposed to be the worst hurricane season yet.  Considering we already have a tropical storm, i'm inclined to agree. 

I think I'll make my own bar lock-in.  Who needs running water when you have vodka?!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 15, 2005, 01:46:40 PM
I'm just going to stock up on bottled water, canned food, flashlights, etc. I think being prepared makes it a little easier to deal with. Or at least I hope so   :-\
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: NCCane on June 16, 2005, 07:28:26 PM
I've been a lurker for awhile, and I'm also going to be at Miami in August. I just put down a deposit today on a 1/1 at Pepper Cove. I know traffic can get pretty bad to/from Kendall, but some of the apartments there are pretty reasonable, especially if you can't afford Brickell.

Also, does anybody else think that Miami is a little on the slow side of sending information through the mail? I had to call the admissions office twice before I finally got the apartment and relocation guide.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 17, 2005, 09:13:52 AM
My husband just bought me the Dell Latitude X1 - only 2.5 lbs. I wish they'd ship it sooner though - I won't get it until next week. It's more than I would have paid, but my friend who just finished 1L at UNLV said that it's better to pay a little more for a laptop that will last becuase one guy in her class had his laptop crash during an exam and had to hand write it. That would suck.

NCCane: Are the Pepper Cove apts west of the Turnpike or no? I don't think traffic will be that bad and I plan on driving at times other than rush hour (it'll force me to study at the library more)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 17, 2005, 11:15:13 AM
I've been a lurker for awhile, and I'm also going to be at Miami in August. I just put down a deposit today on a 1/1 at Pepper Cove. I know traffic can get pretty bad to/from Kendall, but some of the apartments there are pretty reasonable, especially if you can't afford Brickell.

Also, does anybody else think that Miami is a little on the slow side of sending information through the mail? I had to call the admissions office twice before I finally got the apartment and relocation guide.

I agree about the slow mailing.  After people here said they had gotten their packet, it was almost a week until I got mine.  I mean I know I live far from the campus but its not like it has to go through pony express or anything.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: NCCane on June 18, 2005, 10:18:23 AM
Yes, Pepper Cove is west of the turnpike; it's off of SW 137th Ave. I would definately recommend it: it's gated, it includes a washer-drier in each unit, and its relatively inexpensive. I don't know if they have any 1/1s left, but I do think they may have a few 2/1s and 2/2s left. I'm really only worried about rush hour traffic if they put me into an 8am class. I guess I'll just have to leave early.

As far as laptops go, I bought an Inspiron 6000. It's not the lightest notebook around, but it's not a brick either. It also has an amazing battery life (if you get the 9 cell battery option). Whatever notebook you get, I would definately get an a/b/g wireless card with it. Also, thanks to whoever pointed out that Miami will sell software at academic discounts. The cheapest I found Office 2003 with a discount elsewhere was about $135.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 18, 2005, 04:11:06 PM
2 thins:

137 is REALLY far away.  I know you are from Cali so driving isnt a bad to you as it prob is to others, but 137th is REALLY REALLY far.  That being said if i found a nice place there I would rather live there than most of the not-so-nice places nearc campus.  but again that is really super far and would require qite a morning commute.

secondly, a b/g wireless card is more than enough as I cant think of hardly anyone who uses a.  but I spent the extra $25 to get the a/b/g.  im just saying dont worry if yours doesnt have it
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 18, 2005, 07:53:52 PM
okay, now i'm petrified of hurricanes.  Is it too late to accept my other offers? ;)  I've heard this is supposed to be the worst hurricane season yet.  Considering we already have a tropical storm, i'm inclined to agree. 

I think I'll make my own bar lock-in.  Who needs running water when you have vodka?!

the thunderstorms are just as bad.  just this past week while driving on route 1 palm tree leaves kept breaking off onto the windshield of my car.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: lalaMIA on June 18, 2005, 08:38:49 PM
Hey everyone - I havent been on here in a couple weeks, I have actually been down in Miami!! I did the Law Preview class this week and it was awesome! I know some people questioned how helpful the class would be, but I think it was a great prep and it doesnt hurt that two UM professors taught and I got some insight from them. By the way both professors were amazing, very helpful and really interesting people to learn from. It just made me want to start school tomorrow!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 18, 2005, 11:23:11 PM
2 thins:

137 is REALLY far away.  I know you are from Cali so driving isnt a bad to you as it prob is to others, but 137th is REALLY REALLY far.  That being said if i found a nice place there I would rather live there than most of the not-so-nice places nearc campus.  but again that is really super far and would require qite a morning commute.

secondly, a b/g wireless card is more than enough as I cant think of hardly anyone who uses a.  but I spent the extra $25 to get the a/b/g.  im just saying dont worry if yours doesnt have it

I agree with Jeff.  I'm used to long commutes but look at it this way.  The School is at (approximately) 55th st.  I think roughly every 16 blocks makes a mile.  So, it is 5 miles.  Seems easy right?  Well not all the back roads go through.  There are little canals that you end up having to go around.  It really stinks!  On the roads that do go through, there is TONS of traffic.  Anyone from NYC or LA would be fine but for the bulk of us, it is insane traffic.  What kills me is there isn't just traffic from 7-9am and 4-6pm like most places.  While I was driving around, there was traffic around the clock!!  My suggestion: whatever you do, don't get on US 1 (Dixie Hwy). :)

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 19, 2005, 02:41:47 AM
was looking throuh my mail and it looks like all of my loans have been approved.  miami even sent me the certification letters. 

it looks like the disbursement date is 8/5.  i wonder why this is the case.  classes don't start until the 19th.  so if a person was to pull out before then, i would hope they would still get a full refund - right?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 19, 2005, 07:35:59 AM
what up ya'll.  i have been on vacation for the past week and haven't gotten a chance to check the board, my mail, or anything else. 

well, i lost my apartment, so i guess i am basically starting at square one, although with a much better sense now of how to find a place.  i may try to make it down there in two weeks -- around the first week of july -- to find something.  real pain in the ass.

on the bright side, however, i finished a civil action and buffalo creek disaster.  they were both easy reads, and they complimented each other well.  i also have getting to maybe, and will probably stop there.

i got the orientation packet in the mail as well.  cool stuff.  i think i am going to try to do the community service day, and i bet that the cruise will be great.  i have a feeling that those weeks are going to be a bit on the crazy side, so everything is tentative.

i have to finish up a few things as well: the immunization crap, apply for a private loan, and -- crap! -- find a damn apartment.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 19, 2005, 12:09:27 PM
OH Casino!!  You poor guy!  If I can help, let me know! 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 19, 2005, 06:59:27 PM
what up ya'll.  i have been on vacation for the past week and haven't gotten a chance to check the board, my mail, or anything else. 

well, i lost my apartment, so i guess i am basically starting at square one, although with a much better sense now of how to find a place.  i may try to make it down there in two weeks -- around the first week of july -- to find something.  real pain in the ass.

on the bright side, however, i finished a civil action and buffalo creek disaster.  they were both easy reads, and they complimented each other well.  i also have getting to maybe, and will probably stop there.

i got the orientation packet in the mail as well.  cool stuff.  i think i am going to try to do the community service day, and i bet that the cruise will be great.  i have a feeling that those weeks are going to be a bit on the crazy side, so everything is tentative.

i have to finish up a few things as well: the immunization darn, apply for a private loan, and -- darn! -- find a damn apartment.

casino

I had my Undergrad send a copy of my immunizations to Miami... I think that is the easiest way to handle it.

How did you end up losing your apartment?  Had you signed a lease?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 20, 2005, 07:18:07 AM
i didn't sign a lease because i had to apply first.  however, i finally found out that the building was sold to be condominiums.  whatev.

i will check to see if my undergrad has my immunization records.  that would be helpful in a major way if they could take care of it.

casino

what up ya'll. i have been on vacation for the past week and haven't gotten a chance to check the board, my mail, or anything else.

well, i lost my apartment, so i guess i am basically starting at square one, although with a much better sense now of how to find a place. i may try to make it down there in two weeks -- around the first week of july -- to find something. real pain in the ass.

on the bright side, however, i finished a civil action and buffalo creek disaster. they were both easy reads, and they complimented each other well. i also have getting to maybe, and will probably stop there.

i got the orientation packet in the mail as well. cool stuff. i think i am going to try to do the community service day, and i bet that the cruise will be great. i have a feeling that those weeks are going to be a bit on the crazy side, so everything is tentative.

i have to finish up a few things as well: the immunization darn, apply for a private loan, and -- darn! -- find a damn apartment.

casino

I had my Undergrad send a copy of my immunizations to Miami... I think that is the easiest way to handle it.

How did you end up losing your apartment? Had you signed a lease?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 20, 2005, 09:29:00 AM
NCCane: I'm renting a townhouse, between SW 134th and 137th place off of Killian Parkway. That whole area is gorgeous and really nice and quiet.

And, I'm sorry, but it's only 9 miles to campus, which in my book, is not far at all. My husband and I drove it during rush hour and it looked like maybe a 30-45 minute commute, but our landlord told me about a shortcut to take time off of that commute. It's only 15 minutes without traffic, so I intend to drive around rush hour times.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 20, 2005, 12:35:35 PM
NCCane: I'm renting a townhouse, between SW 134th and 137th place off of Killian Parkway. That whole area is gorgeous and really nice and quiet.

And, I'm sorry, but it's only 9 miles to campus, which in my book, is not far at all. My husband and I drove it during rush hour and it looked like maybe a 30-45 minute commute, but our landlord told me about a shortcut to take time off of that commute. It's only 15 minutes without traffic, so I intend to drive around rush hour times.

im sorry, but it is way more than 15 minutes not in rush hour.  I drove the backroutes too and it is still longer.  You are probably used to it coming from cali, but for most anybody else it is REALLY REALLY far (at least in time to get there)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 20, 2005, 01:32:06 PM
Jeff, my husband set a stop watch. We drove down US1 from UM, got onto Snapper Creek Parkway and got off at Killian and it took 15:16 going the speed limit. (PS: I've noticed cops sitting on Snapper Creek Pkwy several times, so speeding there might not be a good idea) That was around 1 pm on a Friday I think. It actually took us longer to get from our hotel in Biscayne Bay to UM. But enough arguing. It's all a matter of perspective anyway.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 20, 2005, 01:33:12 PM
http://miami.craigslist.org/apa/79755366.html

one of the more ridiculous advertisements seen on craigslist.

casino

p.s. do you think that 1000 a month is too much, or reasonable?

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 20, 2005, 01:36:12 PM
http://miami.craigslist.org/apa/79755366.html

one of the more ridiculous advertisements seen on craigslist.

casino

p.s. do you think that 1000 a month is too much, or reasonable?



It depends on what you are getting.  I'm paying 1100 for 2/2 close to campus. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 20, 2005, 02:26:49 PM
Hey Casino, we used a real estate guy named Fernando Arrate (he has lots of listings on Craigslist) and we were very impressed. When I first spoke to him I didn't think he'd be as cool as he was, but if I were you I'd call or email him. Be honest with what you want and he'll tell you what he thinks are good places for your money. My husband has his info, but I can get it for you if you can't find it on craigslist.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 20, 2005, 03:58:34 PM
anyone know if we can send a digital photo instead of a photograph for our cane id pic?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 20, 2005, 04:28:02 PM
good question.  i would hate to go to kinko's and get two passport photos, because that is going to look lame as all hell on the face book.  i am sure that the cane id pic has to be more standardized, though.  one of us should ask.

casino

anyone know if we can send a digital photo instead of a photograph for our cane id pic?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 20, 2005, 05:00:53 PM
I just did the passport photos.  They look crappy but I really couldn't care less.  It looks enough like me to get by. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: NCCane on June 20, 2005, 10:35:39 PM
Calikate: what shortcut did your landlord tell you about? The quickest way to get to campus seems to be the S. Dade Expressway to Bird to San Amaro.

As for the distance/time issue, I guess it's to each his own. It doesn't seem like much to me, partly because I drove 10 miles each way to high school, (though I realize that it wasn't in Miami rush hour traffic) and partly because I drove an hour each way 4 days a week to ice hockey practice when I was younger.

Casino: $1,000/month seems to be reasonable, but I'm no expert. I guess it depends on your finances and what you're looking for.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on June 21, 2005, 07:49:43 AM
I just got back from apartment hunting in Miami. 

One of the most unexpected things I discovered was the taxi situation down there.  It is nothing like New York or Philly where if you want a cab you stand on the street and flag one down within a minute or too.  You have to call a company to come, and all 3 times I did that the response time was 30-60 minutes.  Since I didn't venture onto public transportation which I hear cannot get you to too many different destinations, it seems basically essential to have a car if you want to go anywhere.  I was planning on buying one when I get down there anyway, but there didn't seem to be a way around it.

I got a studio just on the other side of S. Dixie Highway for $975 furnished w/ all utilities included.  I visited at least 5 different places with rooms still available within walking distance of the law school.  Although I look forward to walking every day, damn was it hot walking around campus.  Gotta love it though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 21, 2005, 09:15:05 AM
NCCane: The shortcut is sorta hard to explain, but basically instead of turning with traffic at one point, you go strait and go around it where it all bunches up at Killian. When I move down I'll get all the specific info for you (intersections,etc). The one thing I like about where we're going to live is that we're close to Kendall Dr which has every store and restaurant a person could possibly want.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: MiamiLaw08 on June 21, 2005, 09:39:00 AM
This raving about Kendall has got to stop.  It is one of the lamest places to live in Miami, unless you are old and have ten kids, or you're retired.  Yes, it is near shops and (chain) restaurants on Kendall Drive, whoopee!!  Why not live near where the stuff happens? Near REAL restaurants, not chain restaurants, near the nice bars, near boutiques and art centers, near museums and parks, near the ocean and the bay?  Kendall is NOT pretty.  You will be living in Miami for three years.  Have some fun and live it up!!  You will have the rest of your life to be suburbanites.

By the way, I'm Jack. I just graduated from UM undergrad with a degree in Finance.  I am living in Coconut Grove.  I look forward to meeting you all and causing trouble!  If you want to know where the FUN is, ask me.  I have lived here for four years and know all the UM and Miami hangouts for those that want to balance their schoolwork with some fun.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 21, 2005, 10:12:50 AM
I've lived in LA for five years and have partied hard enough in that time. Now that I'm married, the quieter life is perfect for me and that's why I like Kendall and not all the superficiality of South Beach. But, welcome Jack.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 21, 2005, 01:25:14 PM
This raving about Kendall has got to stop.  It is one of the lamest places to live in Miami, unless you are old and have ten kids, or you're retired.  Yes, it is near shops and (chain) restaurants on Kendall Drive, whoopee!!  Why not live near where the stuff happens? Near REAL restaurants, not chain restaurants, near the nice bars, near boutiques and art centers, near museums and parks, near the ocean and the bay?  Kendall is NOT pretty.  You will be living in Miami for three years.  Have some fun and live it up!!  You will have the rest of your life to be suburbanites.

By the way, I'm Jack. I just graduated from UM undergrad with a degree in Finance.  I am living in Coconut Grove.  I look forward to meeting you all and causing trouble!  If you want to know where the FUN is, ask me.  I have lived here for four years and know all the UM and Miami hangouts for those that want to balance their schoolwork with some fun.


people from places like Texa slike Kendall bc it is suburban and plaaned.  some people dont like big city living but still want to be near scenic parts of miami. The only people that dont like Kendall are native Miamians and east coasters from big cities.  IMO Kendall was BY FAR the most livable AND affordable places within driving distance of the school.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on June 21, 2005, 09:30:00 PM
agree...that's what I'm gonna do.  I mean, for real....it's a friggin' "yearbook"

I just did the passport photos.  They look crappy but I really couldn't care less.  It looks enough like me to get by. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 22, 2005, 08:24:33 AM
hey everyone! I haven't logged on in a while, but kind of glad I missed the arguing that was going on..

I think Kendall will be perfect for Calikate, and others.. she wanted a house, and i think it may be the most affordable/safe option for her.. especially since she's married and startign law school.. not sure how much extra time we're going to have for THAT much partying and fun our first year.. add that to the fact that she's got a husband she will also need to be spending time with him..

I'm actually worried about the significant loss of spare/free time I will have my first year.. Its already pretty hard to find free time to spend with my boyfriend and working around his schedule (he's got a demanding full-time job and is getting his MBA).. I can't imagine how much harder it may be to spend time together when my schedule will soon be just as busy...

Anybody else worried about how to handle a relationship and 1L year?? I'm especially worried about the first year.. i'm sure the second and third year will be a little easier..

I was excited about law school.. now i'm in more of a panic/excited anticipation mood as we get closer to August 15...

As for pictures, I'm gonna try and take some with my digital camera and print it on my photo printer.. I think i've only printed one picture since I got it, so I know its going to be a headache to figure out how to crop and print it to the required size.. but if I get it down.. i'll let you guys know

Casino: sorry to hear about your apt.. i'm sure you'll find something just as nice if not better.. good luck!! :)

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 22, 2005, 09:46:15 AM
DJladyJo: I think any couple worries about the pressures of law school. Fortunately for me, he'll be commuting between LA and Miami for the first few months (at least) for his job, until he finds something comparable in Miami. So, I won't feel guilty since we'll plan his visits around my schedule. All of the attorneys I work with say that if the relationship isn't strong it generally ends by the end of 1L. I think you just have to make the time for your sig other. And another friend who just finished 1L said that anyone who has a full time job and any sort of commute will find the time constraints of 1L won't seem any worse and we might end up feeling like we have more free time. I hope she's right!

I was going to ask if anyone is feeling stressed, actually. I feel like I can't remember anything for more that 5 seconds because I have so much to do in the next month before I move. You should see my TO DO list!! Fortunately, I haven't had a chance to think about school yet. If I do, I'd have a nervous breakdown!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on June 22, 2005, 01:22:01 PM


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people from places like Texa slike Kendall bc it is suburban and plaaned.  some people dont like big city living but still want to be near scenic parts of miami. The only people that dont like Kendall are native Miamians and east coasters from big cities.  IMO Kendall was BY FAR the most livable AND affordable places within driving distance of the school.
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Jeff, I thought you were not going to Miami anymore because you couldn't find a place to live. Not to be rude, but anytime any of us says something about where we are living you feel the need to throw in your opinion and argue with people. No offense, but if you are no longer going to be living in Miami or attending the law school there, then why do you continue to come on this board?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: MiamiLaw08 on June 22, 2005, 01:40:46 PM
Linzy: you're hot! I like that attitude!  Why did you take your picture off?  We're going to be great friends next year.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 22, 2005, 01:41:24 PM
Linzy, you took the words right out of my mouth!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 22, 2005, 01:44:30 PM
Oh and does anyone know when UM will be mailing out info about the health insurance? I didn't see anything in the orientation packet. And, do they bill us in the fall or has it already been included in the total cost of attendence? (I think it's the later, but I want to be sure, for budgeting purposes)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 22, 2005, 02:44:56 PM
Oh and does anyone know when UM will be mailing out info about the health insurance? I didn't see anything in the orientation packet. And, do they bill us in the fall or has it already been included in the total cost of attendence? (I think it's the later, but I want to be sure, for budgeting purposes)

i thought the university health ins. plan was optional?  i currently have blueshield/bluecross as an individual - i pay about $75/month for health ins.

also i think i will be finalizing on a place in brickell.  i know it has been discussed before but what are the commute times to brickell?  i was told that i could take coral way/miracle mile and some other backroads - and following this route it would take me about 20 - 30 mins.  Does this sound right?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 22, 2005, 03:04:37 PM
Oh and does anyone know when UM will be mailing out info about the health insurance? I didn't see anything in the orientation packet. And, do they bill us in the fall or has it already been included in the total cost of attendence? (I think it's the later, but I want to be sure, for budgeting purposes)


I believe the Health insurance is in addition to the tuition and fees.  I think it has gone up to over $1400 for the year.  So tuition and fees equals $31,096 plus ~ $1300-1500 for insurance.  I imagine they will collect the entire insurance fee upfront so your first semester bill will probably be about $17,000.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 22, 2005, 03:05:52 PM
i think the Health Insurance is automatically charged to your account in the Fall semester unless you show proof of other insurance beforehand.  I remember reading that somewhere, but I cant find it now online, so i'm not too sure..

goingtomiami:  That sounds about right during rush hour.. but it should be more like 15 minutes without..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 22, 2005, 04:16:16 PM


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people from places like Texa slike Kendall bc it is suburban and plaaned.  some people dont like big city living but still want to be near scenic parts of miami. The only people that dont like Kendall are native Miamians and east coasters from big cities.  IMO Kendall was BY FAR the most livable AND affordable places within driving distance of the school.
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Jeff, I thought you were not going to Miami anymore because you couldn't find a place to live. Not to be rude, but anytime any of us says something about where we are living you feel the need to throw in your opinion and argue with people. No offense, but if you are no longer going to be living in Miami or attending the law school there, then why do you continue to come on this board?

to give people the advice with regards to places to live that I wish I had gotten before going out there to look.  BTW I have had several people thank me for my honesty through PMs.  Sorry that you don't find it helpful but you already found a nice place so don't worry about my posts.

edit: I am only trying to be helpful but you seem to take offense to all my posts that were not meant to be anything but helpful.  besides this would be a pretty boring forum is people only commented on the schools they were going to.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 22, 2005, 04:20:07 PM
Linzy, you took the words right out of my mouth!


intersting, as I agreed with your choice of places to live.  I just said it was a long drive.  People are a bit too sensitive on here it seems.  Best of luck with your searches!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 23, 2005, 08:23:40 AM
Oh and does anyone know when UM will be mailing out info about the health insurance? I didn't see anything in the orientation packet. And, do they bill us in the fall or has it already been included in the total cost of attendence? (I think it's the later, but I want to be sure, for budgeting purposes)

Funny you should ask because I just called the school about this.  At orientation they will ask if you have insurance and ask you to prove it.  If you can't, they will add it to the tuition.  They do it semester by semester so it will by $750 I think for the fall.  This is in addition to the fees. 

Does anyone know how the football games work?  Do you swipe your ID or what?  I'm DEFINATELY getting the sports tickets for $30.  I'd pay even more to see the canes in action! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 23, 2005, 10:08:34 AM
Does anyone know how the football games work?  Do you swipe your ID or what?  I'm DEFINATELY getting the sports tickets for $30.  I'd pay even more to see the canes in action! :)

I cannot believe they make it optional to pay the sports fee, especially since it is only $30.  I wonder if the SGA forced that... sounds ridiculous considering how cheap it is.

I will definately be going to at least one football game.  The home schedule looks a little lackluster but I'll go watch them play my Tar Heels.

I'll probably go to more Basketball games since they are right there on campus.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 23, 2005, 11:35:49 AM
Does anyone know how the football games work?  Do you swipe your ID or what?  I'm DEFINATELY getting the sports tickets for $30.  I'd pay even more to see the canes in action! :)

I cannot believe they make it optional to pay the sports fee, especially since it is only $30.  I wonder if the SGA forced that... sounds ridiculous considering how cheap it is.

I will definately be going to at least one football game.  The home schedule looks a little lackluster but I'll go watch them play my Tar Heels.

I'll probably go to more Basketball games since they are right there on campus.

Hopefully next spring the Baseball team will make it into the world series....so close this year but so far! :)

Is anyone planning on not paying for the tickets because I'll give you $30 for your extra ticket!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 23, 2005, 02:10:22 PM
sooooooooo, how are you guys going to dress at school?  super-casual, casual, semi-formal?  i would like to think that i will try to be more presentable in the beginning, but i have a feeling that i am going to slip to a t-shirt, shorts, and sandals real quick.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 23, 2005, 02:12:34 PM
sooooooooo, how are you guys going to dress at school?  super-casual, casual, semi-formal?  i would like to think that i will try to be more presentable in the beginning, but i have a feeling that i am going to slip to a t-shirt, shorts, and sandals real quick.

casino

I have spent way too much money on nice work clothes so I'm going to definately wear those for awhile.  After that it is jeans and tees all the way
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 23, 2005, 02:14:05 PM
Is anyone planning on not paying for the tickets because I'll give you $30 for your extra ticket!

I could be wrong but I don't think it works that way.  I think you pay your sports fee and then you can use your cane card to get into games for free.  I don't think other people can transfer their "tickets" to you (unless they give you their ID and then you have to deal with the ushers).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 23, 2005, 02:17:18 PM
sooooooooo, how are you guys going to dress at school?  super-casual, casual, semi-formal?  i would like to think that i will try to be more presentable in the beginning, but i have a feeling that i am going to slip to a t-shirt, shorts, and sandals real quick.

casino

I am going to wear a ghillie suit so the professors can't find me.  I'll camouflage it with case books, laptop computers, and a few canned outlines (for effect).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 23, 2005, 02:18:37 PM
Is anyone planning on not paying for the tickets because I'll give you $30 for your extra ticket!

I could be wrong but I don't think it works that way.  I think you pay your sports fee and then you can use your cane card to get into games for free.  I don't think other people can transfer their "tickets" to you (unless they give you their ID and then you have to deal with the ushers).

DARN IT!!!!!  Stupid technology!  What would they do about married people?  Would one person sit with the students and one sit in a "real" seat?  That would suck!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 23, 2005, 02:21:59 PM

DARN IT!!!!!  Stupid technology!  What would they do about married people?  Would one person sit with the students and one sit in a "real" seat?  That would suck!

I don't know how excited I am to sit in the student section period!  Have you read the story about the UM Law Blogger who got pee'd on in the stands by some drunk undergrad who was sitting behind him?  I'll try to track it down for you.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 23, 2005, 02:24:39 PM

DARN IT!!!!!  Stupid technology!  What would they do about married people?  Would one person sit with the students and one sit in a "real" seat?  That would suck!

I don't know how excited I am to sit in the student section period!  Have you read the stpry about the UM Law Blogger who got pee'd on in the stands by some drunk undergrad who was sitting behind him?  I'll try to track it down for you.

No way!  The worst that has ever happened to me was the one time SMU ever scored, everyone was jumping up and down (very drunk) and an entire cup of pepsi was spilled all over a gorgeous white shirt. Yes..we dressed up to go to football games.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 23, 2005, 02:25:21 PM
um law blogger?  please send link.

casino
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 23, 2005, 02:27:44 PM
um law blogger?  please send link.

casino

http://jasonbwolf.blogspot.com/2004_10_01_jasonbwolf_archive.html

October 15, 2004
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 23, 2005, 03:00:39 PM
what a great blog.  thanks.

casino

um law blogger? please send link.

casino

http://jasonbwolf.blogspot.com/2004_10_01_jasonbwolf_archive.html

October 15, 2004
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 24, 2005, 01:06:27 PM
i think the Health Insurance is automatically charged to your account in the Fall semester unless you show proof of other insurance beforehand.  I remember reading that somewhere, but I cant find it now online, so i'm not too sure..

goingtomiami:  That sounds about right during rush hour.. but it should be more like 15 minutes without..



djladyjo, thanks for the info!

so it is safe to assume that the backroads get congested during rush-hour as well, right?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 24, 2005, 02:16:14 PM
If any of you beong to AAA go get your passport photos there.  It is free. 

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on June 26, 2005, 04:52:22 PM

DARN IT!!!!!  Stupid technology!  What would they do about married people?  Would one person sit with the students and one sit in a "real" seat?  That would suck!

I don't know how excited I am to sit in the student section period!  Have you read the stpry about the UM Law Blogger who got pee'd on in the stands by some drunk undergrad who was sitting behind him?  I'll try to track it down for you.

No way!  The worst that has ever happened to me was the one time SMU ever scored, everyone was jumping up and down (very drunk) and an entire cup of pepsi was spilled all over a gorgeous white shirt. Yes..we dressed up to go to football games.

you crazy mustangs!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 27, 2005, 10:34:48 AM
Does anyone know when I should call to have my water and power connected? I want it all turned on 7/15, so is now the best time? Also, who do you guys use for DSL and/or cable internet providers. I've been told to check out Adelphia, but I HATE them :) I'll only need it for internet - I don't need a home phone and we have DSS for cable TV (I need my TIVO!I love TIVO!!)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 27, 2005, 11:19:24 AM
You can connect the electricity online at FPL.com  I think you can select the date that you want it turned on online.. so you could probably do that now from LA..

I'm not sure how water works.. its usually included in the rent, but since you are renting a house, i'm not sure how that works.. check out www.miamidade.gov as the city handles water bills.. you maybe able to do that online as well..

Your cable provider will depend on the area you live.. Where I live its Comcast and I pay around $100/month for Basic Cable and a Broadband internet connection.. I don't know what cable provider is used in your area, but you won't really have a choice.. damn monopolistic practices! hehe.. Call Comcast and ask them.. if not they may be able to tell you what the provider for your area is..

hth

-jo


Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 27, 2005, 12:32:39 PM
Calikate:

This page has all the useful links for relocating to Miami:

http://miami.about.com/cs/weather/a/aa042802a.htm

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 27, 2005, 12:39:29 PM
Does anyone know when I should call to have my water and power connected? I want it all turned on 7/15, so is now the best time? Also, who do you guys use for DSL and/or cable internet providers. I've been told to check out Adelphia, but I HATE them :) I'll only need it for internet - I don't need a home phone and we have DSS for cable TV (I need my TIVO!I love TIVO!!)

My real estate agent told me that I couldn't open my electric account until the previous tenant had their name taken off.  I don't know if that is true or not... just a heads up for you.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 27, 2005, 01:04:57 PM
DJladyjo, thank you AGAIN! You really are a wealth of info.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 27, 2005, 02:10:01 PM
DJladyjo, thank you AGAIN! You really are a wealth of info.

no problem.. i'm terribly bored at work, especially with only 20 more days to go here (yay!)..

I didnt originally want to stay in Miami for LS, so I kinda wish i was moving also and settling into a new apt. myself.. so i'm living vicariously through you all..



Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on June 27, 2005, 02:47:00 PM
I feel like I have senioritis at work and I so do not want to be here anymore. PLus, we seem to be really busy all of the sudden, which is putting me in a constant bad mood and makes me want to eat everything in sight. I'm sure most people are going through them same thing.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 27, 2005, 03:32:15 PM
I feel like I have senioritis at work and I so do not want to be here anymore. PLus, we seem to be really busy all of the sudden, which is putting me in a constant bad mood and makes me want to eat everything in sight. I'm sure most people are going through them same thing.

DITTO THAT!!!  I actually have a countdown on my phone to the exact minute when I leave.  30 Days, 14 hours, 7 minutes, 45 seconds...44...43...

Whenever I'm at work I just get online and look at Miami stuff.  UGH!  I just want to get there!!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 27, 2005, 11:46:12 PM

Funny you should ask because I just called the school about this.  At orientation they will ask if you have insurance and ask you to prove it.  If you can't, they will add it to the tuition.  They do it semester by semester so it will by $750 I think for the fall.  This is in addition to the fees. 


Are you sure about this?  I just checked my Easy account and my Financial Regitration status and it listed the full $1447 for the Fall Semester.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 27, 2005, 11:59:56 PM

Funny you should ask because I just called the school about this.  At orientation they will ask if you have insurance and ask you to prove it.  If you can't, they will add it to the tuition.  They do it semester by semester so it will by $750 I think for the fall.  This is in addition to the fees. 


Are you sure about this?  I just checked my Easy account and my Financial Regitration status and it listed the full $1447 for the Fall Semester.

Well, I wouldn't put it past the guy who answers the financial aid phone to not know what he was talking about.  He seemed to have a quick answer so maybe you can change it if you get on the payment plan.  That is what I'm doing.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 28, 2005, 05:55:51 AM
Random question,

Does anyone know if our pictures in the facebook are in black and white.. or in color? 

Thanks,

jo
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on June 28, 2005, 04:55:14 PM
So it occurs to me that I haven't posted since getting an apartment (I don't think). And since I am off to Japan for the rest of the summer, I probably won't get to post again. Anyhow, I got an apartment in south Miami less than 2 miles from school. Pretty decent rent. a little old, but not bad for me (I have much lower standards than most, having lived in some weird places). Very close to out door dining. Certain pleasant surprises: traffic is not nearly as bad as Boston. The summer -June at least- is more temperate than I thought it would be. the stores have a wide variety of beer at better prices than Boston, but wine is more expensive. All in all, Miami seems like a great place to be. The campus is unreal. I can't wait to meet you all, so if I don't get a chance to post again before orientation,see you all then!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on June 29, 2005, 12:25:50 AM
Linzy: you're hot! I like that attitude!  Why did you take your picture off?  We're going to be great friends next year.


 I got nervous because I watched a lifetime movie about a girl who gets cyberstalked and killed so I took my pic down, but thanks for the compliment! Yea, i'm not into sugercoating things but I try to be as polite as possible - I mean, I am not posting on other school specific boards so I think it's a little wierd that someone would be so interested in talking all about UM and Miami if they dont live there or plan to attend the school. By the way, today is my birthday! All my friends took me out to dinner and it was really fun but I got really sad because I wont be able to see them when I move, which is soon. I am leaving July 11 and I haven't even started to pack or set up my utilities or do anything so I feel really overwhelmed. I'm going to miss all my friends but after talking to you guys it seems like I have already met some great people - I cant wait to meet ya'll in person!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on June 29, 2005, 12:57:46 AM
Linzy: you're hot! I like that attitude!  Why did you take your picture off?  We're going to be great friends next year.


 I got nervous because I watched a lifetime movie about a girl who gets cyberstalked and killed so I took my pic down, but thanks for the compliment! Yea, i'm not into sugercoating things but I try to be as polite as possible - I mean, I am not posting on other school specific boards so I think it's a little wierd that someone would be so interested in talking all about UM and Miami if they dont live there or plan to attend the school. By the way, today is my birthday! All my friends took me out to dinner and it was really fun but I got really sad because I wont be able to see them when I move, which is soon. I am leaving July 11 and I haven't even started to pack or set up my utilities or do anything so I feel really overwhelmed. I'm going to miss all my friends but after talking to you guys it seems like I have already met some great people - I cant wait to meet ya'll in person!

Happy Birthday.  Taking down your pic was a good move.  You can't be too careful on the internet.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on June 29, 2005, 02:03:17 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINZY!!! 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on June 29, 2005, 06:37:53 PM
Hey all,

I'm just finishing up the last week of the JWJ summer institute and I wanted to share my experiences. At the risk of sounding preachy, I'd like to give my thoughts.

1. UM is a great school. I can't begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed my time here. The instructors are interesting, the campus beautiful and the city is amazing. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to be coming here.

2. Be prepared for the fact that law school is like high school. Although the majority of the people that I met here were great, there was some drama. There was a ton of gossip, people talked behind everyone's back and there was a great deal of immaturity. It is also amazing how some of the people actually were accepted to UM.

3. Be sure to take a break before law school. If you have a job, leave early. We only took 3 courses, but the work was intense. Multiply it by three and it is evident that we won't be having a break until Christmas. Be sure to take time off when you can.

Just my thoughts. Hope everyone is having a great summer. Be sure to enjoy it.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on June 29, 2005, 07:29:46 PM
Thanks for the birthday wishes guys!! What kind of drama was there? I can imagine it being like highschool but isnt the class really big? The amount of kids in the summer session would be easier to talk *&^% about but i guess we are going to all be divided into sections anyway....


I'm such a gossip whore, I dont talk about people so much but I certainly love hearing about them! :O)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 29, 2005, 10:27:34 PM
Hey all,

I'm just finishing up the last week of the JWJ summer institute and I wanted to share my experiences. At the risk of sounding preachy, I'd like to give my thoughts.

1. UM is a great school. I can't begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed my time here. The instructors are interesting, the campus beautiful and the city is amazing. I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to be coming here.

2. Be prepared for the fact that law school is like high school. Although the majority of the people that I met here were great, there was some drama. There was a ton of gossip, people talked behind everyone's back and there was a great deal of immaturity. It is also amazing how some of the people actually were accepted to UM.

3. Be sure to take a break before law school. If you have a job, leave early. We only took 3 courses, but the work was intense. Multiply it by three and it is evident that we won't be having a break until Christmas. Be sure to take time off when you can.

Just my thoughts. Hope everyone is having a great summer. Be sure to enjoy it.


hey croquetdc, i was wondering

from the three classes you have taken, do you feel that law school will be difficult in terms of understanding the material or will it be difficult in terms of there being a lot of work?  Also, do you feel that you will be at an advantage because of the classes you have taken?


as far as the gossip goes, i have heard that students in one section don't really get a chance to meet students in other sections (at least for the first year).

i am not sure about how others are feeling, but there are some days when i am really excited about attending Miami, then there are days when i dread it (nothing against the school, but just the idea of attending law school).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on June 29, 2005, 11:16:36 PM
hey croquetdc, i was wondering

from the three classes you have taken, do you feel that law school will be difficult in terms of understanding the material or will it be difficult in terms of there being a lot of work?  Also, do you feel that you will be at an advantage because of the classes you have taken?


as far as the gossip goes, i have heard that students in one section don't really get a chance to meet students in other sections (at least for the first year).

i am not sure about how others are feeling, but there are some days when i am really excited about attending Miami, then there are days when i dread it (nothing against the school, but just the idea of attending law school).
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Yes, being with 20 people in the summer would create more opportunities to gossip, but I still think law school is going to be a gossip fest. There are 8 sections of about 50 people each. All of the classes have two sections in them, except for torts. Torts is taught with a single section. Each section is paired up with a different section for each class. Because we are going to be spending every waking second together for the first year, there is a high probability for drama. I wish I could say that you can get away from it, but it seems unlikely. It is really petty and immature, but it seems inevitable.

I feel that the classes will be hard because of the workload and material.

They keep saying that law school is hard because you have to learn a new language, but I believe that it is only part of it. You really do have to look up every possible word, even words that you think you know. People know what a contract is, but do they know how it is different from a license? It really pays to look up EVERY word. It's a pain, but things become clearer.

The hard part comes in really understanding the "culture" of law. To be effective, you really need to change everything about how you think. When examining cases, you need to analyze every little thing possible and figure out exactly what the court is implying. In addition, you have to completely change your writing style. Legal writing is actually very difficult because it is so simple. Most people are not used to limiting what they have to say and following a strict format, which makes it difficult.

I have to say that I think everyone eventually picks the analysis and writing up, but it really is not fair, as people are struggling the first month or so and not understanding. For example, who really knows how to brief a case? Who can write a legal memo? These skills aren't really taught during the year, it is kind of just expected that people will pick them up, yet we are graded on our first draft. We are kind of being asked to do something we have never done, with very little instruction and we are being graded. Kind of unfair.

The courses that I have taken have been incredible. I believe that they will offer me a huge advantage. That said, my professor stated that one of the purposes of JWJ is to share the knowledge. Because UM has offered me so many opportunities, I am more than happy to reciprocate. If anyone would like assistance, don't hesistate to contact me. I really would be honored to help anyone.

Honestly, it is going to be a tough year, but I can tell that I am going to enjoy it. The law really does force you to think in different ways.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on June 30, 2005, 06:56:12 AM
Thanks for the update croquetdc, I really enjoyed reading about your observations and insights, and thanks for the advice. I'm going to go look up the differences between contracts and licenses today. ;D  However, what is the point of this summer program for 20 select students?  I just don't get it, law school grading is so subjective to begin with, law school competition is so extremely fierce, why would Miami give 20 students an unfair edge?    
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: croquetdc on June 30, 2005, 11:15:04 AM
Thanks for the update croquetdc, I really enjoyed reading about your observations and insights, and thanks for the advice. I'm going to go look up the differences between contracts and licenses today. ;D  However, what is the point of this summer program for 20 select students?  I just don't get it, law school grading is so subjective to begin with, law school competition is so extremely fierce, why would Miami give 20 students an unfair edge?   

Florida Guy,

Make sure to look up the difference in Blacks Law Dictionary.

The purpose of the program is to "Develop the skills imperative for excellence, not just mere survival in law school, is the focus of the James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Summer Institute for students entering the Law School."

The students in the program applied for admission to JWJ. The process was open to anyone. I liken the program to a more in-depth Law Preview course. While it does give students an edge, I don't think it is unfair. Anyone could have applied to the program.

It is also a sacrifice for us to be here (believe it or not). I gave up a great deal of money that I could be working for to come here. I also spent 5 weeks of my summer before law school sweating in a dorm and studying in the library. While the program is great, it doesn't come without its costs.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on June 30, 2005, 01:58:59 PM
Do people actually use those decrepit law lockers to hold their text books?  Do we otherwise need to have 150 lbs of unneccessary bookage on our person at all times (8th grade style)?  Can't someone donate $95 to get new lockers?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 30, 2005, 02:13:58 PM
i actually read somewhere that they are installing new, yet smaller, lockers.

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Do people actually use those decrepit law lockers to hold their text books?  Do we otherwise need to have 150 lbs of unneccessary bookage on our person at all times (8th grade style)?  Can't someone donate $95 to get new lockers?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on June 30, 2005, 02:40:56 PM
If anyone is down in Miami this weekend and has nothing to do.. my building is throwing a pool party and BBQ on for the 4th of July..

Its a very young and fun crowd.. one of my neighbors just graduated from the UM LLM program for foreign lawyers and last time there were a bunch of UM 3L's there, too..

Just send me a PM and I can give you the details..  ::)

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on June 30, 2005, 08:28:03 PM
I have a tech background, so it was interesting to see a UM professor recently get quoted in an area I am familiar with:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/06/30/internet.control.ap/index.html
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on June 30, 2005, 08:34:56 PM
you'll enjoy his blog then @ http://www.discourse.net/

casino

I have a tech background, so it was interesting to see a UM professor recently get quoted in an area I am familiar with:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/internet/06/30/internet.control.ap/index.html
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 04, 2005, 01:21:25 PM
Where has everyone gone?  I hear crickets.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 04, 2005, 01:45:47 PM
Does anyone know if we get our loan checks during the week of orientation or the actual first week of classes? It says the first week of classes in the FAQs but that's not very clear. I just need to know how to budget for the textbooks we have to buy for the first week (I'm really going to miss regular paychecks)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 04, 2005, 05:16:58 PM
ok i was just told by my car insurance company (i have esurance) that i will have to get miami car insurance because my car will be there most of the time. I was planning on using my Michigan mailing address and using my michigan car insurance but now they know im moving so i need to find new insurance. Does anyone know of good car insurance in Miami and Florida in general? My insurance is really high because i was always under my parents before and now i'm on my own....
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 04, 2005, 05:40:12 PM
ok i was just told by my car insurance company (i have esurance) that i will have to get miami car insurance because my car will be there most of the time. I was planning on using my Michigan mailing address and using my michigan car insurance but know they know im moving so i need to find new insurance. Does anyone know of good car insurance in Miami and Florida in general? My insurance is really high because i was always under my parents before and now i'm on my own....

My real estate lady told me that Miami has the second highest insurance in the country.  Good luck. I wish I could be more help but I know zip about car insurance.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 04, 2005, 09:24:31 PM
car insurance is super expensive in Miami..

I've always had progressive.. but i just switched over to Geico cause they quoted me cheaper.. I always just call around a bunch of places and go with whomever gives me the cheapest quote.. there is no logic and reason for the prices of car insurance down here.. they just all have different formulas that change all the time.. so shop around..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 05, 2005, 09:16:52 AM
For the passport photos, do they want our real hometown or where we're coming from now?

Re: car insurance: I had a decent quote from Geico, but I'm going to keep my California insurance until it expires in January since it's paid in full and my husband is keeping a residence in LA, so I'm going to say that that's my perm address and miami is for school only.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 05, 2005, 09:28:50 AM
Oh, and I thought that students aren't technically residents of a state unless they decide to be. You might want to call back and clarify that point with your insurance. I always call twice on stuff like this because it seems that most customer service people are idiots and frequently give me wrong info.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 05, 2005, 11:46:49 AM
Sorry about the absence....I've been at the lake for the past week! 

I was told by my car insurance company (Geico) said they would keep my insurance in texas because I was not going to register my car in Florida.  He told me Geico's policy was to have the insurance follow the registration.  He said you have to find a nationwide company though.  If you have one in your homestate and they aren't licensed in florida, they might not be able to write a claim if you have an accident.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on July 05, 2005, 04:21:28 PM
Miami has the most uninsured drivers in America, therfore leading to the highest auto insurance rates in the country.  You could also make a strong arguement that Miami has the worst drivers in America as well. ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on July 05, 2005, 04:23:26 PM
Since Miami is a private school, and you don't have to declare instate residency to get cheap instate tuition, I don't see why you would have register your car in Florida.  Just keep in the way it is since your permanent residence is most likely going to be your parents place, and you should have no problem and save a lot of cash as well.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 05, 2005, 05:16:33 PM
I called my insurance company today. They're a small company that covers drivers in California and Oregon (not a national one like Geico) and I was told that as long as I'm licensed in Cali and keep my car registered here (and keep a mailing address too) they can cover me. She said that the only time it gets iffy is if Florida steps in and tells me I need to be insured there, which shouldn't be an issue, since I'm going to keep California as my state of permanent residence.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 05, 2005, 05:46:11 PM
Does anybody know if we need a code to get on the UM WiFi network.  I am moving down in a week and figured I would spend some time on campus getting use to the library.  It would be nice if I could access the web on my laptop.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 05, 2005, 11:05:24 PM
My car insurance company is Esurance, and it is a nationwide company. I told the lady on the phone that I am only moving to florida for school and that I will be keeping my mailing address, driver's liscence, and registration all under Michigan. However, the lady told me that she needed to check with a supervisor and have the super call me back. The next day a supervisor called me and said that because the car was going to be kept in Florida for most of the time, I need to have florida car insurance. Esurance quoted me for a florida policy and wanted to charge me $300 more for 6 months than what I am paying now. By forcing me to switch they are getting more money from me, so they are totally taking advantage of me. Had I not said anything they never would have known, but I wanted to check and make sure because if something happened to my car I didnt want there to be any problems. Now it's too late and unless I can find cheaper insurance through a different company, I'm screwed. The good news is that my dad has a house in Palm Beach Gardens and I can use his mailing address, so the insurance will probably be cheaper then in the city of Miami.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 06, 2005, 11:50:33 AM
hey guys.. i'm so frustrated right now that i need to vent.. hope you all dont mind

Is anybody having trouble getting their immunization recordS? My mom gave me a certificate with some vaccines and I took them to my doctor to get him to fill out the immunization form.  Well apparently the certificate does not list two additional doses of Measles and rubella that I should have gotten back in 1981.. well obviously, i was like 3 years old at the time and dont remember.. my mom doesnt remember and doesn't know where she would have kept those records.. sooooooooo...

Plan b was to contact my undergraduate university since I obviously had those vaccinations in order to enroll there.. but they are working on reduced summer hours and just have answering machines, where I have left a million messages, none of which have been returned.. I can't even get a hold of a real person on the phone.. grrrrr...

My old doctor from 25 years ago is no longer in business and probably wouldnt have records going back that far anyhow.. i'm really really annoyed.. this should be easy.. my mom should have been more organized.. i'm hoping my undergrad calls me back.. in the meantime i guess i'll wait???

argh...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 06, 2005, 12:02:50 PM
I would keep calling your undergrad university. I had to get some boosters of vaccinations before going to China in April and was told that most insurance companies no longer cover them for adults. I was pretty pissed when I got a bill for $415. So try to get the school to forward them because if you have to pay, it can get pricey.

And talk about timing. My car (only 2 yrs old and a Toyota, which are so reliable) just died and had to be towed to the dealer  :'( I am so pissed - I move next week. And, no one will call me back to tell me what's wrong. This really is not good, but at least it's still under warranty.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 06, 2005, 12:24:26 PM
damn.  i have to remember to get on this.

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hey guys.. i'm so frustrated right now that i need to vent.. hope you all dont mind

Is anybody having trouble getting their immunization recordS? My mom gave me a certificate with some vaccines and I took them to my doctor to get him to fill out the immunization form. Well apparently the certificate does not list two additional doses of Measles and rubella that I should have gotten back in 1981.. well obviously, i was like 3 years old at the time and dont remember.. my mom doesnt remember and doesn't know where she would have kept those records.. sooooooooo...

Plan b was to contact my undergraduate university since I obviously had those vaccinations in order to enroll there.. but they are working on reduced summer hours and just have answering machines, where I have left a million messages, none of which have been returned.. I can't even get a hold of a real person on the phone.. grrrrr...

My old doctor from 25 years ago is no longer in business and probably wouldnt have records going back that far anyhow.. i'm really really annoyed.. this should be easy.. my mom should have been more organized.. i'm hoping my undergrad calls me back.. in the meantime i guess i'll wait???

argh...
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 06, 2005, 01:02:01 PM
hey guys.. i'm so frustrated right now that i need to vent.. hope you all dont mind

Is anybody having trouble getting their immunization recordS? My mom gave me a certificate with some vaccines and I took them to my doctor to get him to fill out the immunization form.  Well apparently the certificate does not list two additional doses of Measles and rubella that I should have gotten back in 1981.. well obviously, i was like 3 years old at the time and dont remember.. my mom doesnt remember and doesn't know where she would have kept those records.. sooooooooo...

Plan b was to contact my undergraduate university since I obviously had those vaccinations in order to enroll there.. but they are working on reduced summer hours and just have answering machines, where I have left a million messages, none of which have been returned.. I can't even get a hold of a real person on the phone.. grrrrr...

My old doctor from 25 years ago is no longer in business and probably wouldnt have records going back that far anyhow.. i'm really really annoyed.. this should be easy.. my mom should have been more organized.. i'm hoping my undergrad calls me back.. in the meantime i guess i'll wait???

argh...
Maybe you can just go ahead a nd get a new MMR vaccination. I had to for undergrad.  I went to the County Health center and it was either very cheap or free.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: sha2101 on July 06, 2005, 01:25:38 PM
how did you guys find out about what immunizations are needed?  maybe i haven't been receiving all the mail i should be...

also, can anyone recommend an inexpensive phone company?  my apt building requires a landline through which tenants can buzz people in.  it's a particularly annoying expense, since i'll be using my cell for calls. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 06, 2005, 02:16:06 PM
while i cannot recommend an inexpensive phone company, i can confirm that your extra expense is quite annoying indeed.

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how did you guys find out about what immunizations are needed? maybe i haven't been receiving all the mail i should be...

also, can anyone recommend an inexpensive phone company? my apt building requires a landline through which tenants can buzz people in. it's a particularly annoying expense, since i'll be using my cell for calls.

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 06, 2005, 02:56:58 PM
alright.. my undegrad came through and my immunization records are being faxed and mailed!! yay!!!

For required immunizations, go to this site and download and print the PDF form:
http://www.miami.edu/UMH/CDA/UMH_Main/1,1770,2553-1;29339-2,00.html

Phone companies:  Unfortunately to establish phone service you have no choice but to go through Bell South.. after they establish your phone service, you can switch phone companies.. i have to have a phone line for the same reason as you (to buzz people in).. and I have switched to supratelecom cause its much cheaper: http://www.supratelecom.com


Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 06, 2005, 03:45:54 PM
so all we need to submit is the immunization record form, correct?

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 06, 2005, 04:51:57 PM
yup! and before school starts so that you avoid paying late fees...


Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 06, 2005, 09:18:09 PM
DJlady i'm glad your undergrad came through - for everyone else having simmilar problems you can always go to your high school and ask for a copy of them.....

I'm moving on monday i'm so excited. My room is all in boxes its kinda sad

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 07, 2005, 09:41:06 AM
They must've updated the FAQ section of the UM website. Parking permits are $352 a year. I love how the school doesn't include any of this in their COA for loan purposes. I'm definitely going to Financial Aid and requesting an increase in my COA.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 07, 2005, 12:44:56 PM
Kate:  That sucks about your car.. i hope it gets better soon  :P

I remember somebody asking about when we receive our loan money.. and I remember the financial aid lady at the Miami Law day tell us that UM uses Bank of America.. and that if you sign up to have the money directly deposited and you have a Bank of America account you usually will be able to get that money within the first day of class.. you have to fill out some form though to be able to have your money directly deposited..

That's next on my things-to-do list as far as LS goes.. find that form and fill it out  ;)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 07, 2005, 01:18:23 PM
okay.. to have your money directly deposited into your account (which is the fastest way to get your money).. this page has all the info and the form you need to fill out and send to them:

http://www.miami.edu/UMH/CDA/UMH_Main/1,1770,2357-1;2343-2;14853-3,00.html

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 07, 2005, 02:27:41 PM
damn.  i went to tulane today with the intent of retrieving my immunization records, and they have no record that i ever received the required immunization.  off to my former pediatrician i go.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 07, 2005, 03:11:22 PM
Jo, you truly are a huge help! I am so happy. Faxed my med form in today and seem to be up to date with all Miami stuff. Oh, has anyone done entrance counseling online for the stafford loans. I tried but it didn't give me that option and my statement from accounting says that we need to do that before the loan money can be released.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 07, 2005, 03:14:37 PM
Did you do it through:


https://www2.usagroup.com/SLC/Entrypoint2.asp?root=00153601&action=Entrance&MINDSESSIONID=F295F1D3A6FE4D2A861FC75AD10F5C4A

It worked fine for me.  The quiz at the end is a little tricky if you don't pay close attention.  I guessed on three of the questions but lucked out and got them all right.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on July 07, 2005, 04:19:37 PM
my vaccination records are'nt kept at my undergrad for more than 5 years.  and i don't have a family doctor.

does anyone know if i can use the wellness center right away - so that i can get the required vaccinations again?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 07, 2005, 06:15:53 PM
Just go to your county heath center (usually downtown somewhere).   They can give you all the vaccinations you need for a relatively inexpensive price.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 08, 2005, 03:02:20 PM
Did anybody manage to get a 305 area code for their cell phone.  I just got Verizon and the only area code I could get was 786.  Are all 786 and 305 calls local in Miami?  I have free long distance but how about when someone from 305 calls me?  This is the first time I have lived in a city with two area codes.  Up until a few years ago my whole state had only two area codes.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 08, 2005, 06:54:38 PM
Yes, 305 and 786 are both for Miami-Dade County; they are both local.  For example, my home number is 305 but my  cell phone is 786.  Don't worry, it won't cost you long distance to call 786 (or vice versa)!  Also, if you have to call any numbers in Broward (Fort Lauderdale) or Palm Beach counties, it is a small flat fee, what they call "local long distance" and is something like 25 cents per call, unlimited amount of time.


Thanks.

Anyword on how bad the Hurricane is going to affect Miami?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 08, 2005, 10:27:38 PM
Okay Bill, I have to ask.... Where are you from?

Good luck to all in Miami braving Dennis!! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 08, 2005, 10:49:30 PM
Okay Bill, I have to ask.... Where are you from?

Good luck to all in Miami braving Dennis!! :)

North Carolina

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 09, 2005, 06:57:39 AM
I had no idea NC was so small! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 09, 2005, 09:50:13 AM
whoa.. the effects of Dennis last nite were much more intense than anything Miami felt from last year's hurricanes..

the wind was so strong and small debris was flying everyhwere..the wind was so loud and made such a cool noice that it was hard to sleep.. never heard anything like it..

at least the brunt of the storm did not come anywhere near us.. all Miami has is a few fallen trees and power outages..

now we have tornado watches till 4pm..

(for some reason, hurricanes dont scare me.. but tornadoes do.. damn hollywood for that!)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 09, 2005, 01:03:32 PM
I had no idea NC was so small! :)

I mistakenly said a couple of years ago, it was really more like ten or fifteen (that we had two area codes).  Turns out now there are actually 8 area codes.   I thought there were only four.  That is what I get for never leaving the Eastern half of the state.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 09, 2005, 02:12:43 PM
I had no idea NC was so small! :)

I mistakenly said a couple of years ago, it was really more like ten or fifteen (that we had two area codes).  Turns out now there are actually 8 area codes.   I thought there were only four.  That is what I get for never leaving the Eastern half of the state.


It could be worse... in a 60 mile radius we (Dallas-Ft. Worth) have at least 5 area codes with talk of adding 2 more!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 10, 2005, 12:21:35 PM
For all those who have set up their apartments....what did you get for TV?  I'm thinking of getting Direct TV but, at my old apartment, it went out everytime it rained.  How is it in Miami?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 10, 2005, 02:31:33 PM
For all those who have set up their apartments....what did you get for TV?  I'm thinking of getting Direct TV but, at my old apartment, it went out everytime it rained.  How is it in Miami?

I'm going to go without cable or Direct TV my first year.  I don't want the distraction. 

When I was apartment hunting I did see a lot of Direct TV dishes.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 10, 2005, 03:24:15 PM
See, I can't go without TLC or Law and Order.  Its a drug. :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 11, 2005, 12:12:32 AM
See, I can't go without TLC


I am addicted to "In a Fix", too bad I moved to Miami just in time for the show to be cancelled.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: sha2101 on July 11, 2005, 03:11:56 PM
the tentative orientation schedule's been posted on the admitted students site.  looks like we'll have to be early risers from the beginning.  i think i'm going to have to bring some redbull along to make it through the afternoons. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 11, 2005, 03:23:09 PM
WOO HOO!  Having a last name at the end of the alphabet is finally paying off....I get to sleep in an extra 30 minutes!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 11, 2005, 03:37:43 PM
I hadn't realized we'd have school stuff on the 17th and 18th. It's going to be a busy week.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 11, 2005, 03:52:16 PM
no kidding calikate!  We also have to buy books on the 17th and read for our classes on the 19th.  Very tight schedule!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 11, 2005, 04:10:52 PM
I wonder if it'll be cheaper to have books overnighted from, say, barristerbooks.com than to buy them on campus. I really wish UM would give us our schedules earlier so we could save money and buy our books elsewhere.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 11, 2005, 04:21:09 PM
There is a bookstore that all the 2 and 3Ls recommended.  It is called Book Horizons and it is off Dixie Hwy (Hwy 1) across from UM.  Basically all you have to do is tell them what section you are in and they have the books and outlines and such in one place.  You don't have to find them all.  I'm not really sure about their hours but it seems pretty convenient!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 11, 2005, 06:30:27 PM
ooooh! I just discovered we can log into the EASY system.. and check all sorts of things..

From the UM homepage.. click on "EASY" on top.. and you can create your account as a newly admitted student..

I did it mostly to verify that they had received my immunization records (which they had)..

I guess eventually everything from our grades, to our finances, to our prescription refills (?), and our voting for law school elections will be handled through that site..

I have 9 more days of work left.. i cant wait for this to be all over and for school to start (I probably will regret saying that in a few months)..

In the meantime, I finally ordered my laptop (yay!) and am redecorating my room to be more student-life-friendly.. and I've been studying for the GMAT (which i take this Saturday).. in case i decide to pursue the JD/MBA option..

blah blah.. anyhow.. a busy couple of months ahead..



Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 11, 2005, 09:19:26 PM
What is the dress for orientation?  I don't really want to get too dressed up since it will be the middle of August.  Does anybody think chinos and a polo shirt would be too casual? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: jeffgdula on July 11, 2005, 10:06:29 PM
There is a bookstore that all the 2 and 3Ls recommended.  It is called Book Horizons and it is off Dixie Hwy (Hwy 1) across from UM.  Basically all you have to do is tell them what section you are in and they have the books and outlines and such in one place.  You don't have to find them all.  I'm not really sure about their hours but it seems pretty convenient!

that place had some nice t-shirts too!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 11, 2005, 11:56:41 PM
What is the dress for orientation?  I don't really want to get too dressed up since it will be the middle of August.  Does anybody think chinos and a polo shirt would be too casual? 

I'll be wearing the female equivalent.  Except, of course, at the Deans Dinner.  Anyone know what the dress code is there?  Super formal or laidback chic?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 14, 2005, 01:41:43 AM
There is a bookstore that all the 2 and 3Ls recommended.  It is called Book Horizons and it is off Dixie Hwy (Hwy 1) across from UM.  Basically all you have to do is tell them what section you are in and they have the books and outlines and such in one place.  You don't have to find them all.  I'm not really sure about their hours but it seems pretty convenient!

Book Horizons is great...usually slightly cheaper than the bookstore on campus.  Just a word to the wise: always check and make sure the book they sell you is the edition that the professor wants.  I have had instances where they sold me the older edition, but the professor made us get the new edition, and it was a pain (happened to me this summer session).  Another time they sold me a book that the professor wasn't using for that class anymore.  They are good for the most part, they just are occasionally behind with their updating.  If you look up your class schedule on EASY, you can click on the link that will direct you to the books you need for campus (basically to the on-campus bookstore's site), and you can verify the titles and editions the professors ordered for the class.

Wow!  Great to know! Thanks!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on July 14, 2005, 01:00:58 PM
Are there office furniture surplus stores in/around Coral Gables?  I was looking for a place to buy a couple of office type chairs and a desk.


Thanks!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 14, 2005, 09:45:48 PM
Are there office furniture surplus stores in/around Coral Gables?  I was looking for a place to buy a couple of office type chairs and a desk.


Thanks!

A lot of the ones I've seen are kind of upscale, with fancy showrooms and all.  Coral Gables is a pretty ritzy community.  I looked in the phone book and there is a place called Office Furniture Warehouse located downtown (305-266-4447), but I don't know what they have.  About 10 minutes south of campus on US-1 is a place called Dadeland Station, and there is a Best Buy, Target, a furniture store (Thomasville I think), a Sports Authority, and a Michael's.  Pretty much everyone I know has either bought cheap furniture at Target, or has bought used stuff from all the ads people have around campus.  In the UC there is a big bulletin board and there are always tons of people selling old furniture, so that would be a good place to check when you get down here.

Seriously, go to Costco.  There is one at 8300 Park Blvd (near the intersection of 836 and 826).  They have awesome prices.  I have a membership card if anyone wants to go with me.  You can also get a year-long membership for $45.  I think it is definately worth it!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 14, 2005, 09:50:47 PM
Hello from Miami!! I am finally here, and my apartment is awesome!! It is so hot here its gross and I bet August will be even hotter!

I am trying to learn my way around, moving across the country and to a new state is so confusing, but I've been here three days and have driven in all directions so I think i'm getting the hang of it...Its just hard to find things like Costco, Target, etc... I am living pretty much in the middle of everything and every person I ask tells me to go to a different location, so its all about finding the closest things to me and the best possible way to go about getting there.

I did the drive to school down US-1 , its a little trafficy but it didnt take me more than 15 minutes. I drove all through Kendall its nice but very congested with traffic. I wonder if there is any back ways to get to school from where I am (near 395) instead of shooting all the way down US-1.

Well, i gotta go I'm leaving tomorrow to go on a cruise to the bahamas for the weekend, I hope the hurricanes and tropical storms dont eat my cruise ship.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 14, 2005, 10:29:32 PM
hey Linzy..

dunno which way you are going.. but if you're near 395 just hope onto it and take 95 South till it ends (which merges with US1).. thats the way I plan on going.. that way you avoid the bulk of downtown/bayside traffic..

Have fun on your cruise!! I'm going on a cruise to Cozumel on August 1st.. hopefully there will be no hurricanes around then either.. you should be fine..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on July 14, 2005, 11:22:19 PM
Hello from Miami!! I am finally here, and my apartment is awesome!! It is so hot here its gross and I bet August will be even hotter!

I am trying to learn my way around, moving across the country and to a new state is so confusing, but I've been here three days and have driven in all directions so I think i'm getting the hang of it...Its just hard to find things like Costco, Target, etc... I am living pretty much in the middle of everything and every person I ask tells me to go to a different location, so its all about finding the closest things to me and the best possible way to go about getting there.

I did the drive to school down US-1 , its a little trafficy but it didnt take me more than 15 minutes. I drove all through Kendall its nice but very congested with traffic. I wonder if there is any back ways to get to school from where I am (near 395) instead of shooting all the way down US-1.

Well, i gotta go I'm leaving tomorrow to go on a cruise to the bahamas for the weekend, I hope the hurricanes and tropical storms dont eat my cruise ship.

I move into my apartment at Key Biscayne tomorrow.  I came into town at 3:30 on Wednesday and the traffic on US 1 from 95 was horrible.  It took me 30 minutes to get to my hotel (across the street from the University). 

I don't know of any shortcuts from the downtown area.  If you find one let me know, I will be coming from the same direction (Rickenbacker Causeway). 

I am lucky, I moved here from coastal North Carolina... the weather is pretty much the same so I don't have to acclimate.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 15, 2005, 07:35:13 AM
what up everyone?  i left miami yesterday having finally secured an apartment in coconut grove.  while i had some trouble to first two days i was there, i eventually had three excellent options.  leasea doesn't start until the 6th of august, but the place is worth it.

linzy, from where you are, i do believe that shooting down 95 is your best bet.  nevertheless, if you are feeling adventurous, you could always cut through the city taking flagler all the way to 57th avenune.  even with modest traffic, however, i believe that that 95 is probably going to be more consistent.

thanks djladyjo for the information regarding easy.  still have to get those immunizations.

i went to book horizons.  they seem to specialize almost exclusively in law books.  i bought a used civil procedure e and e in mint condition.  i do think the store is superior to the u of m bookstore.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on July 16, 2005, 11:32:06 AM
umcanesftbl, canegirl08  - Thanks for the info!

Another question, do we get charged for orientation?  What I mean to say is that since classes start on the 19th, we won't be charged for tuition until that day, right?

I was just curious - because of an emergency I may be forced to back out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 16, 2005, 01:07:45 PM
OH NO!!  Goingtomiami!  Don't leave us! 

This is definately a question for UM.  I know my first payment is due Aug. 1st. 

The school can be very flexible.  For example, I'm on a payment plan.  Maybe they can defer your first payment for a month or so.  You just have to ask!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on July 18, 2005, 09:36:15 AM
OH NO!!  Goingtomiami!  Don't leave us! 

This is definately a question for UM.  I know my first payment is due Aug. 1st. 

The school can be very flexible.  For example, I'm on a payment plan.  Maybe they can defer your first payment for a month or so.  You just have to ask!

I am hoping that it does not turn out to be the case - but I just want to be sure I have all of my bases covered.  In any case, everyone here has been really cool, so I would really hate to scrap my plans.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 20, 2005, 07:11:48 AM
Where is everyone?  Packing, moving settling in??

Anyhow.. here's a quick update:

Last Saturday I took my GMAT.. just in case I decide to do the JD/MBA program..

I finally got my laptop last night.. I ended up gettign the Toshiba Satellite Tablet PC.. i REALLY REALLY like it!!

My last day at work is this Friday!! Finally!!!

The following week i decided for some reason to do the BarBri LS prep program in Ft. Lauderdale.. probably a complete waste of money, but I'm going to do it anyway.. I figure it cant hurt and may help somewhat.. who knows?

Then I'm off on a cruise to Mexico (or whats left of it from Hurrican Emily.. ) for a week..

Then i'll join you guys for all the pre-orientation events from Aug. 5th on.. probably wont do the club night or the HOPE day of service as I may be outta town again for that last weekend.. but not sure yet..

So i'm excited.. its gonna be a crazy and (hopefully) fun few weeks till school starts..

Hope everyone is settling in alright!!  Hopefully the nasty stormy weather will be gone soon and we'll be back to sunny days.. :)

Cheers!

-jo
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 20, 2005, 09:18:07 AM
So last night I was in my new apartment and experienced my first Miami thunderstorm - The lightenining was not as scary as the booming thunder, it was the loudest noise I have ever heard. I'm on the 16th foor of a highrise thougn, I wonder if being higher up makes a difference in how loud the thunder sounds...All i know is that my dog was scared and I could not sleep!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: UPenn3131 on July 20, 2005, 10:08:28 AM
Hey all,

Does anyone know if there is a public track available for use on campus?  I'm not much of a waitlifter, I just like to time myself while running laps.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 20, 2005, 12:42:10 PM
upenn, from what i remember, there is a track.  it is located to the right if you are walking from the university center to the gym, shortly after the lake begins to curve. 

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on July 20, 2005, 08:55:36 PM
I'm currently in Japan, as usual. The weather here is nearly as hot as Miami, without air-conditioning. I really can't wait to get to school. Will only have about a week between returning home and going down. I hope I recoognize you all at orientation. you've all been a great help in planning. Anyone know if there are any stores where you can buy Japanese food? I know there are some in the metropolitan area but would prefer not to drive to far. I don't want my girlfriend to go hungry.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 21, 2005, 04:14:47 AM
lots of japanese stores around.. i know there is one on Coral Way near 17th avenue.. i cant remember the name.. but i'll ask at work today.. one of my coworkers lived in Japan for three years doing the JET program.. and he's still very into the Japanese culture down in Miami.. he's been even going to a Kendo Dojo and competing in national Kendo tournaments.. who even knew they had those down here?

anyhow.. i'll ask later and let you know..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on July 21, 2005, 05:19:02 AM
as usual you're the best, jo! thanks! Glad ot know there are other JETs around. I get the impression there are actually a fair number of Japanese people in the metro area.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 21, 2005, 07:52:57 AM
 ;D

Iseya is a japanese food market on the corner of 107th Avenue and Miller Road (5623 SW 10th Ave)

Sushi Chef is a small sushi restaurant which also doubles as a small Japanese food market and sells other random Japanese things.. its on 3100 Coral Way..

Also, as far as going out to eat Japanese food.. i highly recommend Matsuri on Red Road and Bird Road (5759 Bird Road).. its the most authentic (not touristy) in my opinion.. always tons of Japanese people eating there.. and the food is awesome..









Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on July 21, 2005, 12:50:31 PM
You must've all gotten a lot of scholarship money! LOL I'll be living on Raman noodles the next 3 years, I don't even want to think about spending $30 to eat authentic japanese sushi for a very long time.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on July 21, 2005, 07:38:34 PM
Hopefully, if this show is a hit, Roy Black will come by the school and speak.  Who knows, maybe they will do a reality show about students currently attending law school.

http://www.nbc.com/The_Law_Firm/royblack/

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on July 21, 2005, 10:17:32 PM
Don't worry florida guy, I'll be right there eating ramen with you! Maybe we can buy them in bulk and save! If I do splurge though, I could think of worse ways than a sushi meal.
Jo, you have good taste! All the Japanese travel guides I've seen mention Matsuri. There are a few sushi places near my apartment. I was thinking my girlfriend could work at one of them, if and when she becomes MORE than my girlfriend... Probably no use thinking about that now. Thanks again!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 22, 2005, 05:27:54 AM
Don't worry florida guy, I'll be right there eating ramen with you! Maybe we can buy them in bulk and save! If I do splurge though, I could think of worse ways than a sushi meal.
Jo, you have good taste! All the Japanese travel guides I've seen mention Matsuri. There are a few sushi places near my apartment. I was thinking my girlfriend could work at one of them, if and when she becomes MORE than my girlfriend... Probably no use thinking about that now. Thanks again!

aaaw you're cute..
damn i cant wait to meet you guys!!


today is my last day of work.. i've got mixed feelings about it.. i have a feeling its gonna be pretty sad..  my boss almost made me cry yesterday.. i probably will today.. i really really like all the people i work with..  :-\

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: big_pimpin on July 22, 2005, 05:32:03 AM
does anybody know what the ELEMENTS course is about for the first semester?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 22, 2005, 05:41:22 AM
does anybody know what the ELEMENTS course is about for the first semester?

i replied to this in your other thread..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on July 23, 2005, 11:01:08 AM
Hi everyone.. i went to the Yage Bay Club yesterday for happy hour to celebrate being officially unemployed..

That place was sooooo nice.. we have a happy hour there on August 5th for pre-orientation.. i had never been there (i think it just opened).. but i can definately say its one of the nicer bars/restaurants in Miami..

My friends and i are going back next friday for happy hour, if anybody cares to check it out..

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 23, 2005, 02:12:45 PM
It's so nice to have internet again! Adelphia was down all day yesterday. Anyway, I got into town on Wednesday and am still unpacking. My husband and I drove from LA (me in my car and he in his towing a huge trailer!) and the last 24 hrs we drove STRAIGHT! I've never driven that long without sleeping in my life, but we just wanted to get here. I love my apt but it's really much bigger than I rememembered it and it'll seem bigger when my husband's in LA during the week for work :( The heat is killer, but LA always seemed cold to me, so I'm actaully loving it. Got my first real workout in yesterday and the 5 miles I ran are killing me today. I think I'm still trying to adjust to the time change because I'm really sleepy! Oh well, I'm anxious to finish packing and start school. I LOVE Miami though. People here seem really friendly by LA standards and it's much more relaxed (probably because the heat gives people less energy!)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 23, 2005, 02:38:53 PM
wow calikate, i am jealous.  i will be there the sixth of the month -- later than i had wished but at least i will have a little bit of time to adjust before school.  i have been going through some life-changing moments the past week as well, so moving to a new city and creating a new routine is something that i am craving.

i look forward to meeting all of you soon,

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 23, 2005, 07:40:31 PM
Does anyone know what a typical week schedule looks like for a 1L?? I mean, not just what classes we are taking but the times we are taking them and what an average day looks like???
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 23, 2005, 10:34:18 PM
Any suggestions for people who just moved?  I'm leaving Dallas on Thursday and would love some advice on moving.


Is there an LSD get together planned anytime soon?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 24, 2005, 06:54:18 AM
Canegirl, how are you moving? Are you towing a trailer, or just driving? I found that it was best to drive for long stretches (ie. 14-16 hrs at a time) and then pay to stay at a hotel and get a good 8 hrs sleep. We were coming from LA, so we had a difficult time near the end, but you'll find that adrenaline kicks in at the end and you get through the exhaustion. It should only take you 2 days max, if you sleep, coming from Dallas. And, we went 55-60 the entire way, me following my husband, because our trailer was very heavy, so that added time. If you go 70, you'll be here in no time. I don;t know if that's the advice you're looking for. Interestingly, the only city we ever hit traffic in was Baton Rouge, LA. And then we hit an accident at some little town in Louisiana that had us sitting for an hr. It felt like we'd never get out of that state!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 24, 2005, 10:22:24 AM
canegirl, i recently made a similar drive: from san antonio to south florida.  assuming you leave early, you will probably have to stop in talahassee.  i left san an at around ten, and got into talahassee at two in the morning, and i was going fast. 

the first time i moved from baltimore to new orleans, i made the drive in one day.  i was psyched about it, and the idea of moving kept me going.  recently, however, i try not to kill myself. 

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on July 24, 2005, 12:30:54 PM
i am leaving maryland mid next week.  and i am kind of worried about the drive as well.  its about 18 hours.  my concern is that the way i feel now, i feel i can do it in one shot.  but i know after about 10 hours of driving, i will be hating it.

i plan on stopping in jacksonville for a one day break.  luckily, it is a straight shot down I-95 for me, so hopefully it wont be that bad.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 24, 2005, 08:52:30 PM
Thanks for the heads up Calikate and Casino.  My dad and I are driving down in a u-haul towing my jeep behind it. According to mapquest, it is a 22 hour drive but I hear there are governors on those u-hauls so you can't go over 60.  I think we're going to try to make it in 2 days (12+ hour days) but we might leave early on Thursday so I can get there mid-day on saturday so I can go to the Cane football thing on saturday.  Basically I'm going to go as far as I possibly can the first day and then see how it rolls after that.  I know as soon as I get there I'm going to head up to the U so I can play on the wireless internet.

Any advice once I get to Miami as far as setting up, getting around, anything I simply MUST do?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on July 25, 2005, 06:55:29 AM
What's the cane football thing on Sat?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: blueguitar02 on July 25, 2005, 01:19:46 PM
Hi guys.

I hate to do this in the middle of a thread, but up until very recently I was all set to attend Miami in the fall; however, I have had to change my plans for now.  I did find a great one bedroom apartment in CG when I visited in late May on Santona very close to school.  It is now up for grabs and has a Craigslist listing right here: http://miami.craigslist.org/apa/86617095.html

Again, sorry to post this here but I thought it would reach a lot of folks, especially anyone recently admitted and looking for last-minute housing.

-Bill
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: scott9982 on July 25, 2005, 06:12:55 PM
Hey everyone! Just wanted to say what's up? My name is Scott, i'm 22, and i'm going to be attending UM law this fall. I just graduated cum laude from Miami with a degree in mechanical engineering.. so i'm going to be a 'Cane for life! really excited about moving back down and starting. Hope everyone has had a great summer, and safetrip down.. i look forward to meeting ya'll soon..  ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on July 25, 2005, 06:38:35 PM
Canegirl: The only thing about moving in is that it takes longer than expected. I had thought i'd be all moved in in 1 1/2 days and 4 days later I still had stuff to do. So, just plan on all those last minute runs to Walmart for stupid stuff you forget and you'll be fine. I felt like there just wasn't enough time to get everything done, since we had to leave for a trip on Sunday. It gets frustrating because you just want it all to be done. By the fourth day I was happy to leave the apt because I was sick of seeing all that I had to do  :-\

Oh, and make sure you drive around and figure out where all the stores are and the places you'll go to during school.I've been told that when school starts we won't have time to screw around looking for those places.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 28, 2005, 12:13:37 AM
Canegirl: The only thing about moving in is that it takes longer than expected. I had thought i'd be all moved in in 1 1/2 days and 4 days later I still had stuff to do. So, just plan on all those last minute runs to Walmart for stupid stuff you forget and you'll be fine. I felt like there just wasn't enough time to get everything done, since we had to leave for a trip on Sunday. It gets frustrating because you just want it all to be done. By the fourth day I was happy to leave the apt because I was sick of seeing all that I had to do  :-\

Oh, and make sure you drive around and figure out where all the stores are and the places you'll go to during school.I've been told that when school starts we won't have time to screw around looking for those places.

Thanks for the advice!!  I've been keeping a running list of all the dumb things I'll need to buy once I'm there but I'm sure there will be some late night Walmart runs!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 28, 2005, 12:15:04 AM
What's the cane football thing on Sat?

It is a meet and greet with the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and general staff.  It sounds like fun if you are in to 'Canes football.  Too bad I won't be there! :(
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 28, 2005, 12:16:04 AM
Hey everyone! Just wanted to say what's up? My name is Scott, i'm 22, and i'm going to be attending UM law this fall. I just graduated cum laude from Miami with a degree in mechanical engineering.. so i'm going to be a 'Cane for life! really excited about moving back down and starting. Hope everyone has had a great summer, and safetrip down.. i look forward to meeting ya'll soon..  ;D

Hi Scott!!  My dad got his BS in mech. eng. from UM before he went to UM medical school!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 28, 2005, 12:23:41 AM
Sorry I've posted a billion times in a row but I've been busy packing and needed my posting fix!!  I'm leaving in a few hours so the next time I post I will be in Miami!  YEA!!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Harrahs on July 28, 2005, 07:43:20 AM
way to keep our thread alive. ;)

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 28, 2005, 09:07:02 AM
my friend just got admitted off the waitlist!! So to those of you out there that are still waiting and want to get in, there's hope for you yet!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: labmt on July 28, 2005, 08:02:07 PM
Linzy - When did your friend get the acceptance letter? Do you know if he did any follow up?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on July 28, 2005, 11:23:15 PM
he found out two days ago, i'm not sure if it was by mail or by phone. I am picking him up from the airport tomorrow he is staying with me for the weekend and I am going to help him find an apartment.(anyone know of anywhere other than santona?)

What i do know is that a few months ago most people on the waitlist got a letter in the mail saying "thanks, but we are not accepting anyone off the waitlist, blah blah" - my friend did NOT get that letter. He must have been at the top of the waitlist and when someone withdrew at the last minute, he got in.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on July 30, 2005, 08:12:33 PM
Hi all!!  Just got in to my apartment in Miami and found out one of my neighbors has wireless internet!  YEA!  I'm piggy backing off their signal.  My internet will be alive and kicking on tuesday so I don't feel bad stealing for a few days. 

Is anyone going to the pre-orientation events? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: labmt on August 02, 2005, 06:24:34 PM
Can anyone give me information on an apartment complex called Lakeside Towers? It's in Kendall. Is it nice at all? The pictures on ApartmentGuide.com look nice, but it's pretty cheap. In my experience the cheaper you go the sketchier things get.

Thanks!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 02, 2005, 07:01:33 PM
Labmt,

I looked at it online.  One main reason it is so cheap is that it is so far away.  Basically, it is at 75th street and 152 avenue.  For contrast, the law school is at approximately 56th street and 57th avenue.  That is pretty far!!  From the picture it looks nice though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: labmt on August 02, 2005, 07:52:45 PM
Yeah, I noted the distance, but at this point I'm desperate. If I could get a cheaper place around school I would, but circumstances are such that I am forced to look outside of Coral Gables. Thanks for the response though.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on August 03, 2005, 07:27:16 PM
So.....stupid question....what are you bringing with you to orientation? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 03, 2005, 08:14:36 PM
besides the basics that are always in my purse (ID, money, etc), all I'm bringing is a pen.  They are giving us packets so I figure I can always write on the back of a sheet of paper if I need to.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 05, 2005, 07:35:08 AM
so here's a really stupid question. Do they just write us a check for our student loans? I don't have a bank account in FL yet. Guess I'll have to do that right away. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 05, 2005, 08:33:29 AM
If you send in a voided check and UM's form, you can have the funds direct deposited. Otherwise, i guess they print out a check for you to deposit. I have Washington Mutual for my bank, since they have branches all over the country, so you may want to set up an account with them or B of A (although they suck because they have fees for everything). My only concern is that we get our money the first day of classes so that means that we have to save enough to buy our books for those classes before we get our money. And does anyone know when we have to pay for the parking permit? It's $400 so I'd like to wait until after I receive my loan funds, but I read that there are a limited amount of passes avail, so I don't want to wait too long and not get one. And, I think I read that the 1st 2 weeks of school we can park for free and then we have to have the permit. Is this true?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 05, 2005, 08:47:17 AM
It's funny, isn't it, how they give us our loans AFTER classes have started? I kind of wish they (the schools, the government, whoever) were a little more upfront about the loans in general. They should really point out that, regardless of the aid your recieve, you'll need to have several thousand dollars in the bank to begin law school and that the loans will really NOT cover the cost of attending- unless perhaps you live in a closet and eat beans everynight.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on August 05, 2005, 09:40:58 AM
is anyone coming to yage tonight?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 05, 2005, 09:45:35 AM
VeniceJazz, I feel the same way. Plus, when you figure in the disbursement fees we get a decent amount less than we're supposed to.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 05, 2005, 10:09:42 AM
Linzy,

I'll be at Yage tonight with a friend of mine.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 05, 2005, 10:12:44 AM
er, not to sound stupid, but what's yage? I think i might be the only person who is still not in Miami. Planning on getting there the 11th. hopefully it will give me time to get everything done before orientation.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on August 05, 2005, 10:21:19 AM
I had to leave Miami this weekend for a friend's wedding and I am missing every single pre-orientation event that I had any interest in attending.  I may try to go to the baseball game when I get back. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on August 05, 2005, 11:12:30 AM
I noticed that the sobe club night info is now posted on the orientation site.    http://www.law.miami.edu/admitted/orientation/images/amika.jpg

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 05, 2005, 12:56:26 PM
hey everyone! just got back into town this morning..

I'll be going to Yage also.. so hopefully i'll get to meet some you tonight!

-Jo



Venice, Yage = location of tonight's happy hour pre-orientation event
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on August 05, 2005, 02:50:29 PM
You guys are starting LS at UM when anyway? This coming fall eh?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 05, 2005, 02:51:38 PM
yup... one week from Monday..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on August 05, 2005, 02:53:35 PM
I love what you guys have done with this thread, nice group you have going on... too bad i'm looking at Fall 06 =( Would love to keep in touch with you guys though... 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 05, 2005, 03:44:17 PM
Cool. Hope you are all having fun. I envy you. I'm in full-fledged packing mania right now. The club night is next weekend right? I'll be there, possibly with my little sister.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on August 05, 2005, 05:24:20 PM
Hey guys!  I hope all of you are doing well.

I feel like I am missing out.  I was supposed to be in town this week. I still haven't even found a place.

Those of you attending the event tonight - let us know how it turned out.

Too bad they haven't posted any pics of the other events in the past several weeks.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 06, 2005, 07:29:12 AM
goingto,
sorry to hear you've missed out, but I take some perverse pleasure in knowing I'm not the only one. :) Good luck finding a place. I'm sure you won't have a problem as long as you don't mind living a bit farther away from campus.

I'm feeling pretty torn at the moment. I need all the time I can get to pack and get ready, but I also want to start school NOW! Anyone else feel this way?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on August 06, 2005, 11:48:50 AM
Hello people! Last night was a lot of fun, some of us girls on the board got a chance to meet face to face. Me, DJladyJO, and Canegirl met and got along great - but we didnt make a big deal about it to other people because its kind of fun that we have this whole little "secret" group of friends already - -

Cant wait to meet more of you. Who else is boating it today?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 06, 2005, 01:10:58 PM
it was so great to see you all!! I definately wanna talk and hang out more today than last nite..

Yesterday I had just gotten back from my cruise and 4 of my friends went with me.. and it was pretty hard to juggle them and meet people at the same time.. so i'll be going alone to tonight's cruise.. I still had a great time, though.. i liked everyone I met..  ;D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on August 07, 2005, 12:42:57 AM
And does anyone know when we have to pay for the parking permit? It's $400 so I'd like to wait until after I receive my loan funds, but I read that there are a limited amount of passes avail, so I don't want to wait too long and not get one. And, I think I read that the 1st 2 weeks of school we can park for free and then we have to have the permit. Is this true?

Double check on that one...they LOVE giving parking tickets at UM.  In my experience, you even need the permit when school's not in session.

I did read somewhere that they didn't give tickets the first couple of weeks of class.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on August 07, 2005, 11:57:04 PM
Everyone make sure they check out the new message board at:


http://www.miamilaw.org/forum/
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 09, 2005, 05:12:02 AM
cool message board bill. funny, though, that there are more of us posting here.
Anyway, I am off to Miami. I hope to be there on Thursday. not leaving myself much time I know. See you all soon!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 09, 2005, 05:34:10 AM
Have a safe trip!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on August 09, 2005, 04:05:15 PM
Can anyone direct me to some furniture stores in the Miami/Coral Gables area?  I need to buy a wooden dining table and a few other things.

Thanks!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 09, 2005, 06:29:12 PM
There is a place called City Furniture.  The only store I know of is on 836 just west of I-95.  I don't know if they have great furniture, I've just seen people in my apartments ordering from them and they bought cute stuff.  As cheesy as it sounds, Target has some super cute stuff.  That is where I got most of my stuff for my apartment.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 09, 2005, 07:52:30 PM
FYI regarding the parking ticket issue... The UM website says there is a grace period for getting your decal.  They said you can get it during your first week of class.  See below for more info.

http://www.law.miami.edu/admitted/faq.html#11
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: NCCane on August 09, 2005, 07:56:46 PM
goingtomiami: I don't know what kind of budget you're on, but there's an Ashley Furniture in Kendall, around 137th Ave and a place called El Dorado Furniture, also around 137th Ave. My experience is that I've found some stuff in Ashley that's a little bit more expensive than what you'd find in Target, but it's also a little bit nicer and sturdier. El Dorado is just.....interesting. There's also a Rooms to Go somewhere in Kendall, but I've heard some bad things about their customer service and delivery.

On a different note, has anybody been to Amika before? I'm not really a South Beach club type of person, but it sounds interesting, and I'd like to meet a few people before Orientation actually starts.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 09, 2005, 08:38:57 PM
Linzy and I went to Amika with some of her friends.  It was nice.  Very expensive though.  I'd tell you to go just because it is nice to meet people before the craziness of school starts.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on August 10, 2005, 01:17:14 AM
Yea, we had a lot of fun...its a pretty cool place but remember that annoying siren that kept going off? Then you left me to dance and have fun but I had to sit with my drunk friend who had the hiccups so bad I thought he was going to pass out. He totally wanted you and your friend by the way!! You are the cutest, canegirl!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 10, 2005, 11:40:04 AM
Thanks darlin!  Sorry I left ya but when you get the chance to go into the VIP area and drink on someone elses tab...you just have to take it!! :)  I love your crew!  We will have to go out again soon!  Maybe after the dean's dinner?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on August 10, 2005, 12:50:44 PM
canegirl08, NCCane

Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 10, 2005, 01:57:37 PM
well i've already made some really good friends at these orientation events.. and other non-official events.. i must say that everyone i've met has been super cool... I think we have a really nice class  :)

i will be going to the Marlins game tonight.. so if you're going, i'll see ya tonight..

I'm going on vacation tomorrow, so if i dont see ya tonight, i'll meet the rest of you at orientation on Monday for sure..

Good luck to those that are still in the moving-in process..
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 11, 2005, 04:52:03 PM
I am so happy to be back in Miami. In the past 3 weeks my husband and I have driven 6000 miles and I never want to see the inside of a car again!! Anyway, are you guys taking your laptops to orientation? And where should I park again? Sadly, I've never actually been on campus yet  :-\ I'm going to go tomorrow and take care of last minute stuff, so hopefully it won't be too hard to figure out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on August 11, 2005, 04:58:44 PM
Does anyone know what happens at the Dean's Dinner? 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: mike29 on August 11, 2005, 05:01:20 PM
Wow!  That's a lot of driving! 

They updated the orientation info. site with this tag: "Students are highly encouraged to bring their laptops to day one of Orientation.  Instructions on network connectivity will be given during the Technology Orientation."

...so I guess we can practice lugging the laptops around lol.


I am so happy to be back in Miami. In the past 3 weeks my husband and I have driven 6000 miles and I never want to see the inside of a car again!! Anyway, are you guys taking your laptops to orientation? And where should I park again? Sadly, I've never actually been on campus yet  :-\ I'm going to go tomorrow and take care of last minute stuff, so hopefully it won't be too hard to figure out.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 11, 2005, 05:22:59 PM
The only thing I know about the Dean's Dinner is that they post our assignments by the end of it. I'm sure they'll give us more info during orientation.

I am a little annoyed that I have to drive to campus on Wed for an hr and a half financial aid thing. I wish they would have tacked it onto the end of mondays events.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 11, 2005, 05:33:23 PM
This is as much as I know about the Dean's dinner:

It is cocktail formal.  They feed us pretty decently and have beer and wine.  Lots of people get up and tell us how we are the future of the legal society and how priviledged we are to go here. Thats about all I know.  Wish I could be of more help!

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: law-school graduate on August 14, 2005, 10:28:34 AM
ok, did anyone go to the club last night?  i realized when i was there that i had no idea what any of you looked like (with the exception of djladyjo, i saw a brief photo of her here once).  it was cool, and i met some nice people.  if any of you plan on meeting up in the future -- or perhaps at the law school during orientation -- please send message.

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: Linzy628 on August 14, 2005, 11:23:15 AM
I dont want to walk up to random people and say LSD? LSD? I'm sure they will think i'm looking to score some drugs. I am the short little blonde girl from michigan, ya cant miss me. Everyone I met so far from LSD knew me right away - I briefly had my picture up too.

But please - if you see me and realize who I am, come introduce yourself!!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on August 14, 2005, 12:48:38 PM
hey everyone!

im back after a long summer traveling all over europe with a friend.  things have been crazy since ive been back...i dont even have a laptop or place to live yet, so im stuck living at home for 3-4 weeks until my apt is ready.

im pretty nervous/excited for school to start. i really cant believe orientation is tomorrow morning.  anyways, my name is eric and heres a pic( http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a311/ericm123/4.jpg ).  im the guy in the front left with the longsleeve blue shirt(we were doing vodka shots in moscow at like 11 in the morning to celebrate my 22nd bday) come introduce yourself if you see me around.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on August 14, 2005, 12:56:57 PM
btw, where is everyone planning to park tomorrow morning?  im not even going to try to find a space at the law school, but im not sure if we can get into the covered lots without a parking permit.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 14, 2005, 02:00:06 PM
just got home from the Keys.. how was club nite last nite?

i hope it was all fun.. i look forward to meeting the remainder of you guys..

I think we can park wherever tomorrow.. and we should bring our laptops (sounds like a pain, really) according to the updated website..

see you guys tomorrow!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 14, 2005, 02:26:40 PM
I went to parking svcs on Friday trying to buy my permit (they won't let me till I have my Cane ID Card) and they said that you can park wherever you want. You're supposed to put the temp. permit on your rearview mirror (you can pick it up at parking svcs in the Ponce de Leon garage), but if you don't have one and you get a ticket you can get take it up with the dean (i think) and you won't have to pay. I think I'm going to park in the Ponce garage tomorrow since it's covered and the spots are much bigger than at the law school. From what I saw, the shuttle is very regular and comes frequently, but the walk isn't that bad either. Does anyone know how much the preferred parking is? I can't find out how to buy one of those permits.

How early are you guys planning on getting there? I'm always super early for EVERYTHING so I'll be there by 8. I. And what is everyone wearing? On the UM forum thing it says to dress comfortably. I think I'm going to dress casually. Coming from LA, no one dresses up for anything, not even work :)

Can't wait so meet you guys.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on August 14, 2005, 02:35:32 PM
ill probably show up around 8:30.  im just wearing jeans, a shirt and sandals.

switching topics...is anyone else planning to take notes the old fashioned way? i cant type very fast on little laptop keyboards and without a mouse i think on the fly editing/formatting will be too clumsy, so i think im going to take notes with a pen and paper.  im just second guessing this decision because it seems like EVERYONE takes notes on their laptop
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 14, 2005, 02:58:00 PM
Why don't you get a wireless mouse? I have one and it makes everything easier. Definitely worth the $40 or $50. And, from what my friend who just finished 1L said, it's best to take notes on your laptop because it helps you to type faster which is a big help during exams. I'm going to try to take all notes on my laptop and use a notebook for things that I don't have time to type(ie. long statements/ideas that i'll add later)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 14, 2005, 03:26:53 PM
i'm definately going comfortable to school tomorrow..

Kate, you can purchase your parking permit online through EASY.. just click on "Life at UM" tab once you log on.. and then click on "Apply for a permit"

also, I was told how we can find out our sections and professors.. obviously we don't know how fool-proof this method is.. but..

log on to EASY.. and note what your UM email address is.. then click on the Student / Academic tab of Easy..
on the right you will see a link to blackboard.. click on that

Log onto blackboard using your cane email address and date of birth.. and then you'll see what classes you're enrolled in.. and what professors you have (which is useful cause then you can look up the books at the UM Bookstore)..

After every class, there will be one to two letters... the letter that appears after each course is your section!!

OKay so somebody at orientation figured out how to do this.. obviously i wouldnt recommend trusting this 100%... Im just impressed somebody figured out how to do this at all..

so after all of that.. it looks like i may be in section B.. and that two books from the recommended summer reading list are required for one of my courses and luckily i've already read them.. (a Civil Action and Buffalo Creek Disaster)...

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on August 14, 2005, 03:52:50 PM
thanks for that info!

heres my schedule:

       061 - LAW011DG - CIVIL PROCEDURE I (FALL 2005)

Course ID:
LAW011DG-061
Instructors:

Stephen Vladeck
   
      
   061 - LAW013BG - ELEMENTS (FALL 2005)

Course ID:
LAW013BG-061
Instructors:

Marc Fajer
   
   061 - LAW014EG - PROPERTY (FALL 2005)

Course ID:
LAW014EG-061
Instructors:

David Abraham
   
      
   061 - LAW015G - TORTS (FALL 2005)

Course ID:
LAW015G-061
Instructors:
   
Stephen Diamond
   
      
   061 - LAW019J4 - LEGAL RES & WRIT I (FALL 2005)

Course ID:
LAW019J4-061
Instructors:

Jennifer Christianson
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: law-school graduate on August 14, 2005, 06:17:12 PM
i talked with someone at admissions the other day about parking.  she said that a lot of the permits were not sent out (i never received one), and that there was a grace period in the law school parking lot until september 1st.  thus, we should be able to park there without problem.

i guess i will go casual as well.  if you see someone with short dark hair and green sandals, that's me. 

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: goingtomiami on August 14, 2005, 06:28:11 PM
got my schedule also, i guess i am section g.  on the discussion board it says vladeck is going to be extremely tough.  anyone know for sure??

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Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 14, 2005, 08:02:10 PM
Okay so I'm a loser and I have laid out my clothes for my first day.  I'll be in a brown tank top and a blue and green paisley skirt.  I'm 5'7 with dark brown hair.  COME SAY HI!!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: dsmit56 on August 14, 2005, 09:59:50 PM
Wow you girls are nuts, I throw on the first thing that I see in the ol'closet . But I will be the dork riding a bike into school (2.70 is wayyyyyyyyy too much for a gallon of gas around here).
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 14, 2005, 10:25:46 PM
haha.. girls love planning what to wear on the first day..

i'm so excited, i cant sleep... i feel kinda silly
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: scott9982 on August 16, 2005, 02:24:40 PM
hey, what section is everyone in??? i'm in B, but i've met only 2 people from B so far... and the schiavo thing today was not so hot in my opinion (aside from Vladeck's part lol)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: cascagrossa on August 16, 2005, 02:42:24 PM
im in G
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 16, 2005, 09:12:04 PM
I'm in H. I've met a couple of LSD people. We're like some secret society LOL!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: djladyjo on August 16, 2005, 11:48:40 PM
Hey I'm in B also.. as is canegirl..

anyhow.. so far i've met Casino, Canegirl, Linzy, GoingtoMiami and krambho

The rest of you all need to identify yourselves..  ;)


tonight was fun.. i had a blast!!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: billthethrill on August 17, 2005, 09:50:34 AM
I am in C and I have met no one from my section yet.

Anybody else have Alfieri for CIv Pro... I have 1000 pages to read for Monday (not really, I already read A Civil Action so I only have 500 pages for Monday).  Luckily I have no Friday classes.

If anybody runs into a big guy named Will who often wears glasses and a UM baseball cap, that would be me.  I my appear unfriendly at first but I am just trying to avoid an honor code violation (jk).

Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 17, 2005, 12:55:46 PM
Bill, I'm in B and I have Alfieri too!  I definately didn't read those books so I'm going to be reading all weekend!! 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on August 17, 2005, 02:07:30 PM
I'm in B too!  :D
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 17, 2005, 08:28:20 PM
Okay B people!  What LRW are y'all in?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on August 18, 2005, 08:22:28 AM
Dashtaki for LRW
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 18, 2005, 10:21:52 AM
Hey me too!  See you at 6:30 tonight!! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: frankm007 on August 20, 2005, 08:47:20 PM
Hey guys... i must say, i'm so jealous :) I live in miami and i'm taking my LSAT in october...i'd give anything to be a day away from school...damn! Soon enough eh? :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 21, 2005, 10:41:43 AM
hello all. I'm in section H. As far as I know, I haven't met any LSDers, but there was one girl who sat next to me at the Dean's Dinner who sounded like some one who posts on here. It occurs to me it could be calikate. Calikate, did you come in sorta late-ish and sit next to a dorky guy from NH? (me) I remember you saying you were driving from LA and that you found LA cold. If it was you, cheers, you're cool. If not, sorry, I'm sure you're cool anyway.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 23, 2005, 11:16:00 AM
Oh my God, why didn't you say something VeniceJazz?! Yes that was me. I was the one who showed up SUPER late. Oops!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: calikate on August 23, 2005, 11:16:34 AM
Oh, and you are not dorky at all!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 24, 2005, 07:50:50 AM
yesh, I should've said something, but it didn't really occur to me until later in the dinner, and then I sort of just forgot. I think we're both in section H though. The professor just asked me about Weare, NH which is VERY near where I grew up. Anyway, I'm sure I'll see you around, so I'll make sure to say hi! I wonder where the other posters are.
PS I dunno, I am pretty dorky. Not something I worry about.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 24, 2005, 08:12:18 AM
I've been in the library reading my brains out!  Is anyone else worried about this tropical storm?
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: VeniceJazz on August 24, 2005, 09:17:40 AM
Tropical storms are sub-hurricane level, right? I don't have much experience in this sort of thing. I survived a couple of typhoons in Japan though. Maybe this is just pack mentality, but the people around don't seem worried, so I'm not. It's not like we're able to spend much time outside anyway!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: TheFloridaGuy on August 24, 2005, 09:30:17 AM
I've been living in the library, didn't even know we had a tropical storm coming until this morning in Civ Pro.  I wouldn't worry, although the place I'm living in now could def blow away, if it's not a hurricane it's of no concern. 
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 24, 2005, 01:45:28 PM
I'm more worried about flooding and having my car ruined and not being able to get to class! 

Florida guy, I know what you mean about living in the library!  I wouldn't have known except for the frantic calls from my mother.  She was calling me 4 days ago when it might possibly come somewhere near Florida.  Now she is calling me making sure I have a "flood plan" and that I paid my renters insurance (which I havent...oops!)

Florida guy,which one are you?  I still haven't found you out!
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: canegirl08 on August 25, 2005, 10:31:36 AM
Yeah probably.

I'm Robin...I sit near the front, dark hair, loud and annoying! :)
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: desi desi desi on September 05, 2005, 01:01:58 AM
if any of you are in class with Casino, please let him know that Desi sends his hello and good luck for 1L, and a hope that his family and friends in NOLA are ok.
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: ->Soon on December 08, 2007, 10:31:13 PM
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=553389

some pics of coral gables for those that have never seen it b4
Title: Re: University of Miami
Post by: El_Che on December 29, 2007, 11:11:43 AM
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=553389

some pics of coral gables for those that have never seen it b4

That's pretty nice, a lot different than I had seen pictures of..