With the deadline for deposits coming in two days I was wondering if anyone was picking FIU over UM and if so, why? (Besides the obvious difference in cost)
Well, for me, the decision wasn't between FIU and Miami, but it was between those other 2 big schools in FL..... At the end of the day, a few things about FIU set themselves apart from the other schools I was considering (full disclosure, I sent my seat deposit in already, and am not from the area...)
1) If you've never been to the school, and have the ability to do so before the deadline, do it. The facilities are nice and modern, the gym is close, it is beautiful outside of it, and it has a very small, "close" feel to it. It seems like everything you need is in close proximity and everyone seems to know each other.
2) While you are there, meet Dean Acosta. If you can't go before you must decide, and you have any questions or concerns about the school, ask him directly. He was very frank and honest with me when I voiced my concerns to him. He takes his job seriously, and has YOUR interests at heart. He is very personable, and by far very impressive.
3) The class size is small. Only 160 people per year for the F/T program=more exposure and 1-on-1 experience with the professors. One of the ambassadors told stories of how he can text some of his professors for problems and questions.
4) The school is new, and on the rise. Look at how much their rankings jumped this year alone.
5) From the firms I talked to in the Miami area, FIU produces better lawyers than UM (and FSU). I never got anyone to definitively agree that FIU>UF, but a few seemed to believe that they were competitive, and just as good as UM in the South Florida market.
6) The school has plenty of clinical programs to peak your interests and give you practical experience. There are tons of internship/externship opportunities available to FIU students, too.
7) The curve isn't as big of a killer as what many will make you believe.
9) There are alot of influential people who want to see FIU succede. You will get a good job if you pass the bar (and their passage rate is quite impressive.) Career services has alot of great programs and connections.
10) You can be a part of making history by starting new traditions at a newer school.
I'm sure I could probably keep going, but you get the jist of it. P/M me if you have any other questions you want to ask me. Let us know what you decide!