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Let me first state, that I currently live in Miami. The city is great, I have family here etc. etc. More importantly, I eventually wish to practice here.
Now to the predicament...
Pittsburgh is ranked (slightly) higher than Miami but I have noticed Miami has been on a slight decline for some time now. It has a large alumni base and I have no problems moving away and from what I have read Pittsburgh is a really underrated and fun city...I am just uncertain Pittsburgh is the best choice for me practicing in Miami. Also, another reason this is so hard, Pittsburgh has offered me a scholarship, 14000 to be exact.
Miami, on the other hand, is an extremely regional school and more expensive. Yet, it seems, it is the school to go to if you wish to study in South Florida. I am aiming not exactly for employment in major firms, but the "mid-majors" are definitely within reach and I do have several connections within the law community in Miami.
So, do i go to the more affordable, "better", abroad school? Or to the school that seems to work best with my goal of practicing in Miami even though it is more expensive?
The only other schools I am waiting on are Florida State and American University...I am on the wait list for American
Thanks for your input and advice.
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Hysenburg wrote:thanks. I am leaning towards Miami but the scholarship money was a welcomed surprise from Pitt and it really put a halt on my decision. thanks for the input.
Tell Miami you got money from Pitt and see what they say.
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Ignore the difference in rankings...it means nothing.
use the Pitt scholarship to leverage money out of Miami.
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UF would be your best bet- followed by FSU then Miami.
Remember to include living expenses when you calculate cost of attendance. Miami is one expensive city to live in- and you cant work during 1L.
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