I visited the campus this past week during a trip to Miami. Being a native Floridian, the call of South Beach clubs and the aromas of Cafe Cubano and cigars wafting from Calle Ocho were really not part of the equation for me. I am pretty familiar with the positives and negatives (yes, there ARE those) of Miami.
I had a pre-planned visit to UM in which I was lucky to be given a tour with just one other prospective student, another non-trad. The tour was given by a pleasant, intelligent, non-nerdy young 3L.
As many of you may know, the Coral Gables campus of UM is downright beautiful and the facilities are excellent and plentiful. The Coral Cables area itself is both vibrant and attractive. The law school itself is a different story in terms of facilities. The UM Law physical facilities (with the exception of the law library) reminded me of a rather "adequately" funded public junior college. Why did I even mention this? Well for tuition in excess of $38K per year, I think a few upgrades are in order for UM.
That said, the staff were absolutely wonderful, and I had a good impression just observing the interactions amongst the students in the quad. I was fortunate to have a private meeting with the Assistant Dean of the School, who was both gentlemanly and encouraging.
UM's atmosphere was really laid back when compared to other law schools I have been exposed to. That could be a plus for some folks. Overall, it is definitely a school to be considered. In my opinion, UM's closest competition in-state is FSU.