i'm still waiting on a few schools, but i'm leaning towards miami. just wanted to know if anyone else is making the same decision, and if it's worth visiting on March 30th. i honestly don't know much about the city itself or the law school, so any key info would be very helpful...i made enough mistakes with undergrad, don't want to repeat <sigh>.also, any housing advice? i might need to think about a roommate too. so much to think about! exciting though.
Quote from: bittrsweet on March 03, 2007, 11:22:40 PMi'm still waiting on a few schools, but i'm leaning towards miami. just wanted to know if anyone else is making the same decision, and if it's worth visiting on March 30th. i honestly don't know much about the city itself or the law school, so any key info would be very helpful...i made enough mistakes with undergrad, don't want to repeat <sigh>.also, any housing advice? i might need to think about a roommate too. so much to think about! exciting though. I'm leaning towards UM also and don't think you'd make a "mistake" by deciding to attend. Just about everyone loves the weather, beautiful people, diversity, and the fact that Miami is sort of the gateway to Latin America. I heard somewhere that Miami is, after NYC and Charlotte, one of the better cities on the East Coast for International Banking and Finance, and has many opportunities for those wanting to work in the Sports and/or Entertainment industries. Also, I'm assuming that a large part of the economy revolves around the Restaurant, Tourism, and Hospitality industries. If you're from NYC, LA, Chicago, or Houston, I don't know if this will impress you a whole lot b/c those cities are "arguably" better in all areas I mentioned above.In terms of what people don't like, high cost-of-living, drugs, crime, and the club culture definitely top the list. I'm told from current and former residents that you really have to be involved with the wrong crowd to really get caught up in all of this. That being said, as law students, I don't think we'd have to worry about this much. I'd say that the city lacks a good public transportation system so you'd definitely need a car. I'm not sure where most of the firms reside, but if they're located in the financial district, which is pretty much downtown Miami, I'd peel out of the parking lot as soon as I punch the clock. In my experience that area of the city pretty much empties at five and becomes a scary ghost town, similar to a Hartford, St. Louis, or Ft. Worth.***I apologize to anyone living in those cities that may have been offended!I actually don't know a whole lot about the Law School itself, so am hoping to gain more insight if/when I go for ASD this month. From what I hear, housing in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables is on the high side, but affordable places are available if you look hard enough. Friends tell me that guest houses around the law school are frequently advertised at "affordable" prices (btw $700-$1000) dollars/month. The higher side of that range is more than I want to pay, but for me, proximity to campus is key- especially as a 1L. I emailed Emily Burr requesting housing information and she responded with about 8 or 9 helpful links.For what its worth, I went to FSU for UG and wouldn't mind settling in the state. In my opinion, West Palm, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, and to a lesser extent, the nicer side of Orlando are all decent cities. I've lived up and down the east coast and would put Florida up against any other state on that side of the country (NC, and DC- although not a state, might have it beat though).So much for being concise, but I hope this helps you out a bit. I guess I wrote so much in an effort to have others reading this speak to what they know and/or correct any wrong assumptions I've made.
bittrsweet...I'm going to the ASW next weekend also and I was wondering if you were paired up with someone from Miami or if you are getting a place by yourself or whatever your situation is because I wanted to look for places while I was there also but I don't know any people there yet...thanks