« on: May 01, 2007, 07:23:26 AM »
I had my heart set on Miami-- love the area, the school pride, alumni network, etc but I struggle with committing myself to so much debt. I have been accepted to FIU and while I don't feel like I could get excited about going there, the prospect of such debt at Miami feels like this huge weight on my shoulders (already!).
Some of the tangible reasons I want to go to UM are (1) My UG degree is in accounting and I absolutely LOVE tax. UM offers a concurrent JD/LLM in Tax. (2) As an alternative to tax or maybe just a segue, I may like to work for the Securities and Exchange Commission (10 years I-banking exp, many of those years spent in regulatory compliance). The SEC actively recruits at UM.
I realize that FIU's curriculum and programs will expand but they really don't have much that I am interested in (clinic-wise or elective-wise). However, a legal degree is a legal degree, right? I guess what I struggle with most is losing the LLM in Tax opportunity. But, I could always do the LLM as a 4th year while working. Yet, won't UM give me better opportunities?
Bottom-Line: is anything UM has really worth $75,000? (Differential tuition cost is 25k/year).
Penny for your thoughts...