I think he means cost of tuition and fees because cost of attendance is usually more.
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The big problem with Miami is that both the cost of living and tuition are very, very expensive, and you're not really getting what you're paying for considering the state schools are much cheaper and similarly ranked. If cost isn't a problem, I'd probably recommend Miami over FSU. I loved living in South Florida. However, if you're looking for government work and opportunities that are more abundant in Tallahassee (the state capital), FSU might be a better choice.
Ultimately, I decided that I'd rather go to the cheaper school then take a chance and be saddled with $100k in loans at Miami.
Over the course of my first year in law school, I've collected a respectable pile of free junk. What free crap did you get? Don't count stuff that you earned like scholarships and what not.
Here's my list that I still have around the house:
Barbri - Highlighter, some pens, a folder
Acquired by redeeming Westlaw or Lexis points - IPod shuffle, a set of knives
Westlaw - Two "padfolios," pens, a Nalgene-type water bottle, key chain, mouse pad, stress ball
Lexis - a weird looking waterbottle, pens, one of those foam things that you put on a beer bottle to keep it cold
Micromash - stress ball with a tether so I can hit people in the forhead with it when they're stressing me out
The school - a CD travel case (during orientation), a pen, a plastic no-spill coffee mug, a t-shirt, a bunch of folders
I'm at FSU and the big selling point for me is the cost beause I get in-state tuition. Tallahassee pretty much sucks as a city. I don't know if FSU is considered a better school than Miami or not. It seems that more people have heard of UM, but I think FSU has more alumni in the judiciary. As far as SMU goes, they're so close in ranking that I don't think you should even worry about that. Visit both and pick the one where you'll be happier.
I'm spending money like I'm on welfare!
Holy sh%^, That's the best post ever. I'm with you. The library is always looking for RA's if you're still looking for work.