Also, how is the cost of living in Miami/surrounding Miami suburbs? Ive grown up in the suburbs of New Jersey, so I use the cost of living in New Jersey as my "standard". Will living in Miami be comparable to what I am used to, or higher/lower?
Well, your housing is taken care of, and housing is one of the biggest expenses in Miami. You won't find a decent 1 BR (in a decent area) for under $900 or so, and $1k is quickly becoming the norm. Gas prices in Miami are some of the highest in the state as well. I would think food prices are comparable, I don't know about NJ but FL does not tax food.
Florida is a fairly tax-friendly state in general if you live here, all things considered, though people are raising hell about high property tax rates since this housing bubble pushed prices way up (and they haven't fallen as much here as they have in other areas). We really stick it to our tourists! As long as you don't rent a car or a hotel room you can avoid much of that. We tax the hell out of alcohol, though, but what state doesn't? We also have no state income tax, which probably won't affect you much while in law school.
Great! Thanks for the info! So basically, the cost of living in Miami isn't really comparable to NYC?
I think NYC is in a class by itself.
ETA: If you wanna live like a New Yorker there's always Miami Beach.
well I've always loved New York, but the main thing that has kept me from wanting to actually work there is I hate the cold weather. Which is why Miami seems to appealing to me.
Major city in an unbelievably nice state, what could possibly be better than that?