« on: April 29, 2007, 09:37:35 AM »
I do not believe we've considered cost yet. While someone already mentioned the difference in cost of living and the "value" of those median salaries, consider cost while you are attending. I am assuming, of course, that you have no scholarship at Miami...
Miami @ $34.5K tuition and $17K living x3 = $154.5K
Arizona @ $28.5K tuition and $14.5K living x3 = $129K
So Miami costs about $25K more upfront.
However, Arizona lets you establish residency as long as you establish domicile a year in advance. So when you move in July, quickly change your license, register your car, register to vote, etc. (and be sure to work your 1L summer in Arizona). This drops your tuition about 11K per year for 2L and 3L. I was told by the admissions office that even students who end up not qualifying for 2L often can reapply for residency and obtain it 3L.
So Arizona has the potential of costing as much as $47K less than Miami.
I've researched both schools, and I'll reiterate what others have said that neither school offers a significant advantage for Biglaw, although (at least on paper) Miami seems to be a better legal market than Phoenix. A moderate amount of Biglaw graduates of Arizona go to LA.
The clerkship #s should not be discounted, especially considering Arizona places about 7% of its total graduating class in FEDERAL clerkships (1/3 of all its clerks). This is an astounding number for any school outside the Top 20/etc. If you do a federal clerkship, you become a hot commodity for any employer.
would you point me in the direction you found the residency info or did you receive this when you called the admissions office? I'm probably going to call them next week.
I'm admitted to both schools, and while leaning heavily towards UM (location), I will say that I've been impressed with everything I've received from UofA. The career services office sent employment statistics for the '06,'05, and '04 grads along with a list of the names of the employers broken down by state. Most of the firms were smaller, but I do remember the median salary being $90K for '06 grads that REPORTED.....I too am skeptical of USNEWS and school stats, however. I'll try to find the same info on the website and will post once I do.