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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Help me decide...
« on: April 07, 2005, 08:02:29 AM »
quality of life & location

miami: AMAZING weather, easy going students

american: bad weather, dont know anything about the students


miami:  owns the legal market in south florida. 

american:  little brother to big name schools in a more competitive legal market.


I heard about the job markets being different as well.  But those that suggest American as a possibility have said that although Miami is pretty much the only game in town for Southern FL, the Washington D.C. area has a greater need for lawyers.  There may be several law schools that graduate students who work in the area (in addition a large number of graduates from national law schools that come to D.C. to work), but that is because D.C. has the highest need for lawyers than any other city in the U.S.

Choosing the Right Law School / Help me decide...
« on: April 06, 2005, 10:09:44 PM »
I really need some help:

Which is better in terms of employment, student life, location, etc...

full time at the University of Miami or
part time at American University

There are so many pros and cons with each and I just cant decide.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: My Visit to Miami
« on: April 03, 2005, 07:21:56 PM »
I guess with much of the newer condo/home construction - insurance companies have required that they use building methods/materials which can withstand hurricanes.  So buying a newer home would be preferable.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: My Visit to Miami
« on: April 02, 2005, 11:16:43 PM »
Excuse my ignorance on this---

How bad does it get in Miami around hurricane season?  Do homes get flooded?  Do high rise condo's see much damage?  What do people do?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: My Visit to Miami
« on: April 01, 2005, 12:18:42 PM »
I figure that with a condo (one that is fairly close to the city, attractions, restaurants, clubs, etc...) you can rent it out - if the housing market goes bad and you need move.

But in general, condos are the worst hit when the housing market goes downhill.

The amount of international investment is high in Miami, but with the number of hurricances that hit the southern FL region last year (and if that trend continues this year) investment may slack off.  But truthfully, there is no other region in the US that could compare to Miami (the beaches, lifestyle, weather).

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: My Visit to Miami
« on: March 31, 2005, 03:55:36 PM »
That's great to hear!  I was just worried - because many have told me to be wary about the housing bubble that will soon burst. The properties that all of you bought were purchased some time back, so they have increased in value - but do you see that value continuing to rise (for the next three years)?  I was thinking about purchasing a 3bd/2ba condo/townhouse for about 400k - would this be possible?

And to change the subject again - staff at UM have told me that many students opt to live in an area called Brickell - where is this area located?

Thanks again.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: My Visit to Miami
« on: March 31, 2005, 07:02:47 AM »
Somewhat off topic - but wondering about the real estate market in Miami - for those of us who plan on buying rather than renting.

I have seen some places online, and it seems like many properties are not meeting their asking prices and are staying on the market for some time.

Are prices going down in Miami?  Is anyone else planning on buying rather than renting?

Incoming 1Ls / Re-submitting fafsa
« on: March 23, 2005, 05:14:36 PM »
I just completed my taxes and was wondering if I could re-submit my fafsa.  I estimated the numbers before and so my EFC may be higher than what it should be.  I had to submit it before the March 1st priority deadline that most schools have.

Will schools recalculate the fin. aid package?

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Miami or Catholic?
« on: March 23, 2005, 11:36:42 AM »
Another thing - out of all the schools that have accepted me, Miami has been very active in trying to keep invovled.  So far, I have been a part of several online chats, watched a webcast, and get a couple of emails every week from the admissions office offering a whole bunch of services (meeting with staff/students, apartment location help, etc...)

It is interesting (and nice) to see that Miami is trying extremely hard to get me to attend.  The other schools that I have been accepted to have only sent an invite to their admitted students day.

you are making me very jealous.  hopefully ill see you there in the fall(if i get off the damn waitlist)!

Hopefully things will work out for you.  I know how you feel.  A couple of years ago - out of the 30 or so schools I applied to all rejected me.  One bit of advice that I have always heard is to be aggressive when you are on the waitlist.  Most waitlists are not ranked and therefore you have a good shot.  And hopefully most admitted students rethink their decisions once they realize the costs invovled.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Miami Visit
« on: March 22, 2005, 11:59:06 PM »
In terms of jobs, maybe check out Hector & Steele's (sp?) website.  They are a large firm based in the Miami area (founders are alumni of Miami Law).  And I believe their starting salaries for associates is around 120K, which is amazing for Southern Florida.

Job prospects are pretty good, given that a majority of firms in the area have partners who are alumni from Miami.  I take this as a good sign.

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