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33 Ratings

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“1L”
March 2020CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

The competition is relatively weak. If you are offered scholarship and take the work seriously you will have no problem getting near the top of the class. Once you are there, you will garner special attention from administrators and employers alike.

Downers

there are a handful of professors and administrators who severely lack professional qualities. This is true in terms of punctuality, meeting deadlines, and overall work product. For example, the CDO incorrectly wrote on my resume "Juris Doctors Candidate" - I was informed, upon speaking with a mentor who is a managing partner at a v100 firm, that such a mistake may prove costly during OCI. Obviously, this was a mistake unfamiliar to me as it's not standard grammar and unique to the legal industry - something new to me. The Elements course is another major down. The concept is great; the execution, unfortunately, is not so much.

Comments

Job prospects (BigLaw; clerkships, etc.) are hard to come by for the middle and bottom of the class.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Decent but $$$$”
January 2020FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Legal Writing program

JD/LLM joint degree offerings

Career placement office works hard for students

Strong local alumni network helps with local job placements, plus I still get occasional job posting emails from the school.

Downers

Insane tuition costs lead to inevitably crushing student debt.

Decreasing prestige of the tax program.

Law school, in general, does little to help prepare you for the actual practice of law. What’s worse, although some joint degrees may be useful (JD/LLM tax, JD/LLM Estate Planning, or JD/LLM Real Estate), the school pushes entirely too many dual and triple degrees that will never be worthwhile for students. For example, 99% of students will not realize any net value from a JD/LLM/MBA. It’s just more debt for the student, but of course the school is delighted to accept the extra tuition dollars.

Comments

Deeply consider the total cost of attendance, how much you will have to earn as a practicing attorney in order to repay any student debt, and your realistic likelihood of earning that amount in your first five years practicing. Now double the amount that you think you’ll have to earn and halve your estimated likelihood of earning that amount, and then you’ll be in the ballpark.

Do everything you can to earn scholarships and grants. And if you can’t stomach the debt, choose a less expensive school and you’ll still be able to find fantastic opportunities for yourself.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Great local school with national ambitions”
April 2019FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Faculty is top notch, many professors have taught at ivy league schools or top national schools and is shows

Downers

The entering class is too large, and that affects the quality of the graduating class, plus it limits interview opportunities (rarely anyone below the top 10% of the class gets jobs at top local firms and to have a job at a top firm outside Florida and Georgia it is better to be in the top 5%) , and makes the atmosphere too competitive

Comments

If someone wants to establish himself in Florida this is a great school. The fact that it is located in a big urban center is an advantage vs. the better schools i.e. UF and FSU that are located in remote areas.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“A "good enough" law school”
September 2018FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

Course offerings. Many classes to choose from, especially in tax and business law

Collegial student body

Downers

Class sizes can be too large at times

If you don't graduate in the top 15%, you'll struggle to get a good job

Comments

Only go if you have (1) at least a partial scholarship and (2) a work ethic to finish in the top 15%

Would You Recommend

No

“LLM”
November 2017CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

The environment of the University is always vibrant, professors are excellent, you will learn a lot and the LLM group is truly international.

Downers

The law school should have more personal attention to the LLM students and provide more updated information on all their options.

Comments

Best Law School in Miami, do not hesitate to go study in UM if you go to Miami.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Miami Law”
April 2017CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

Faculty and Students are great, very helpful and friendly. Also, living in Miami is not too shabby.

Downers

Facilities are dated and ugly. Need to keep undergraduate students out of the law library.

Comments

If you want to work in Miami/South FL, this school is the key to that legal community.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“UM Law”
December 2016FORMER STUDENT
Uppers

tremendous faculty; enjoyable campus life and atmosphere; it is never cold outside

Downers

lack of recruitment from / difficulty to get top-level jobs outside South Florida

Comments

great place to learn the law; underrated academic experience relative to rankings. a doable, but tough climb to NYC, DC, etc. outside of Florida

Would You Recommend

Yes

“Good group of kids”
August 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

The classmates are not competitive and everyone tries to help each other out. The faculty are generally very willing to help.

Downers

The administration is disorganized and don't seem to put much effort into increasing the school's ranking or your job.

Comments

If you want to work in Miami, get a scholarship, and believe you can be in the top 10%. Miami is a good choice.

Would You Recommend

Yes

“LLM program”
April 2015CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

amazing connections. This program will get you where you want to be if you plan to practice in miami.

Downers

some of the professors as adjuncts don't necessarily prepare a curriculum that is comprehensive in that practice area.

Comments

Go to the open house, meet the professors and see for yourself if the program is for you.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

In my opinion, class size is not a factor in the quality of law education. The socratic method is widely used at UM Law. The professors are very personable and available to students for questions or simply to converse.

Quality of Life

The campus facilities are excellent, and the campus itself is beautiful. I love living in Miami. I spent many days reading on the beach!

Admissions

I would not say that the admission process is any different than other law schools.

Level

2L

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