As the original poster of this thread---> what are the chances of getting interviews? It's not AS hard to get an interview, if you're in the top 10-15 percent. Student @ UMiami and interviewed with all of these firms here in Miami during my 1L recruitment season/OCI, and they made the most random decisions (and yes, they do take summer associates from UMiami). I did not get callbacks from any, but instead landed a summer associate position in NY.
And the Miami BigLaw firms do NOT pay as much as people are saying on here...I think it's more in the range of $110-125k...
and my original post was not about the lack of demand for legal services in Miami. Granted, this is not NY, DC or Chicago, and never will be. But it's not a po-dunk town either, and there are more companies headquartered here than Barcardi (think Burger King, Carnival Cruise Lines, tons and tons of international banks, etc.). Plus, even with the real estate market in the dumpster, for some reason, on every corner there seems to be yet another skyscraper, office tower, high-rise building going up, and or land being cleared and readied for another construction project. I don't get it, but I assume there are lawyers and firms working on those projects. And there have been lawyers and firms working on those projects for the past five years, when building and the skyline of Miami exploded. It's now like the second or third biggest skyline.
In fact, there seem to be a lot more regional, Florida only firms that do a lot of the business/legal work down here, and lot of these have been merging and growing, and my observation was that not enough BigLaw firms have set up shop in Miami... maybe that's the reason why these Florida only firms do so well and expand.
I don't know how attractive Miami is to young people, unless you are from the So. Florida area. I mean, it's a beautiful city to live in, and for those who don't appreciate the ethnic diversity of Miami, there's always Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, which is ethnically very different from Miami (mostly people form the northeast, Jewish, Italian...and mostly NOT senior citizen, esp. Broward Ft. lauderdale, which is very young). However, Miami itself is certainly not the place that has much in the way of culture, museums, different art, music and fashion scenes etc. It's pretty shallow and un-exciting, unless you're into expensive sports cars, strippers, living in glass/steel high rise,and not really the sort of place that attracts young, single lawyers or college graduates. I think that's it's biggest problem.