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Miami legal market

Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2007, 05:05:07 PM »
Montana Holding Corporation still needs criminal defense attorneys...

but seriously I live in pretty much a TTT city in Florida (No offices of V100 or Am200 period) and the criminal lawyers still make a killing

remember in order to qualify for a public defender you need to make about poverty level...

so if your middle class (and im talking normal middle class (40-50ish)  there is no way you can qualify unless you default on your home...

people still need to be defended from DUIs

and actually unless you inherit a bunch of clients the best way is to work in the state attorney's office for 2-3 years and then move over to private practice...

This isn't entirely true.In the federal court, they ask if you have an attorney. If you don't, they'll assign you a CJA attorney, determine how much you'll have to contribute, and then give a flat hourly fee to the CJA attorney. I've heard that in Tampa, there are very few, if any criminal defense firms that do not have to take contract work from the government because the criminals here simply don't have that much money to fork out.

Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #31 on: August 07, 2007, 05:08:56 PM »
Good point about the CJA stuff but i find it hard to beleive that criminal in miami is that tough...it jus might require opening an office in south broward or north dade and serving all three counties...

Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #32 on: August 07, 2007, 05:57:29 PM »
Also, my advisor told me If I planned on building a practice in florida I should learn spanish. If anything you increase your earning potentiol.

Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #33 on: August 07, 2007, 07:07:28 PM »
Also, my advisor told me If I planned on building a practice in florida I should learn spanish. If anything you increase your earning potentiol.

Lol. No one in Florida speaks spanish north of fort lauderdale. I heard more spanish in rural South Georgia than I hear in Central and north florida.

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Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #34 on: August 07, 2007, 07:19:38 PM »
ummmm, did u ever visit tampa?  osceola?

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Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #35 on: August 07, 2007, 07:28:25 PM »
Also, my advisor told me If I planned on building a practice in florida I should learn spanish. If anything you increase your earning potentiol.

Lol. No one in Florida speaks spanish north of fort lauderdale. I heard more spanish in rural South Georgia than I hear in Central and north florida.

% Spanish speaking households:

Hillsbourgh County...16.02%
Osceola County...27.36%
Orange County...17.33%
Palm Beach County...11.89%

Now, obviously, Miami-Dade is the only place where Spanish is dominant, but the Spanish speaking influence is felt to some degree all the way up to Tampa (which has a large Cuban community) and Orlando (which has a Puerto Rican community larger than Miami's). Once you get north of Tampa and Orlando, then you won't hear any Spanish.

Also, Spanish isn't prevalent among the middle and upper class once you get north of Fort Lauderdale, so it isn't at all needed for any sort of professional job.






Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #36 on: August 08, 2007, 10:43:46 AM »
I would agree with whoever warned about taking career placement advice from 0L's.  I am a rising 3L at Miami and I look on the OCI board all the time.  I can't recall EVER seeing a Biglaw firm that required Spanish.

It is true that many of the smaller firms do prefer a foreign language, but this doomsday portrait that the 0L's are painting of the Miami market is ridiculous.

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Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #37 on: August 08, 2007, 11:01:12 AM »
ummmm, did u ever visit tampa?  osceola?

I am from Tampa and it's hardly Miami when it comes to the prevalence of Spanish. I don't know of a single non-Spanish grocery store or major business that had any signs in both languages. While the Spanish-speaking population may be substantial, this is not a city that caters to their language needs. Also, it's not like a major law firm like DLA or Holland and Knight are doing business with those people living in Tampa who don't speak English. They deal with corporations, directors and executives -- all of whom will have a sufficient command of English, even if it isn't their native language.

Like the poster above, I had pretty extensive experience with Miami firms in OCI and not only was Spanish not a requirement, it was never even mentioned!

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Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #38 on: August 08, 2007, 11:39:33 AM »
he said no one spoke spanish,  i was just correcting him.

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Re: Miami legal market
« Reply #39 on: August 08, 2007, 11:41:39 AM »
tampa sucks  :P