University of Miami School of Law
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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs
South Florida stands at the crossroads of the Americas—a location that lends students at University of Miami School of Law an international perspective; exceptional practical training opportunities in courts, corporations, and clinics; and rewarding careers. Graduates of this law school are among the best in the profession. More than 20,000 alumni practice throughout the United States and in nearly 91 countries around the world. They work for both small and large firms as well as in private practice, in government service, and as sole practitioners. Miami Law is accredited by the ABA, is a member of the AALS, and has a chapter of the prestigious scholastic society, the Order of the Coif.
Location in Coral Gables
The University of Miami School of Law is on the 260-acre main campus of one of the largest private research universities in the United States; no other law school in the nation is located in a region that affords this exceptional mix of diverse perspectives and opportunities. The law school is situated in Coral Gables, known as one of Florida’s most desirable areas, where students receive all the benefits of large-city living while in a subtropical, suburban setting. Next door to Coral Gables is Miami, a burgeoning international center for trade and finance and the nation’s gateway to the Americas. Greater Miami, with its international flavor and cultural diversity, has one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding legal communities in the country, and University of Miami School of Law is at the forefront in training legal professionals for this rapidly changing world.
The faculty have exceptional credentials and represent diverse groups. They are graduates of the world’s top universities and law schools, have completed prestigious judicial clerkships, and have significant work experience in private practice and government. They are leading scholars in their fields and are renowned for combining their scholarly distinction and real-world experience with an enthusiastic approach to teaching. Their areas of expertise are especially strong in international and foreign law, arbitration, taxation, criminal law, securities regulation, immigration, human rights, the Internet, legal theory, evidence, and ethics.
Miami Law provides a solid foundation in all the traditional subjects basic to understanding and practicing the law. The law school’s course offerings in international law, human rights law, corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, healthcare law, intellectual property law, and sports and entertainment law are also outstanding. In addition, the school is constantly expanding its offerings to ensure they reflect the opportunities of the changing world. Choosing from more than 300 courses, clinics, skills workshops, and seminars, students ordinarily complete the JD degree in three years of full-time study. University of Miami School of Law also offers short, innovative, compressed courses, approximately 30 of which are taught per year. Summer sessions are available.
Experiential Learning: Clinics, Externships, Practicums
Miami Law’s award-winning clinics are exceptional training grounds and give students the unparalleled opportunity to work with clients and acquire valuable legal skills while helping underrepresented individuals and groups in Miami, across the nation, and around the globe. For many students, participating in a clinic is one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences they will have in law school. The school offers 10 clinics:
- Bankruptcy Assistance
- Children and Youth Law
- Environmental Justice
- Federal Appellate
- Health Rights
- Human Rights
- Investor Rights
- Tenants’ Rights
The Law School offers practicum experiences in the areas of entrepreneurial startup law, civil rights, the death penalty, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and cyber rights. The Larry Hoffman/Greenberg Traurig Startup Practicum connects Miami Law students with new ventures in need of legal assistance. Students in this startup practicum help clients with organizing, financing, talent, intellectual property, risk, regulation, and other legal issues that arise for entrepreneurs as they launch their new businesses and organizations. Miami Law’s Externship Program offers students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, national, and international corporations, government agencies, public interest organizations, and the judiciary for academic credit. The 12-credit Washington, DC, Semester in Practice provides students the opportunity to combine an externship in a DC-based government agency, nonprofit, or advocacy organization with coursework. The Florida Supreme Court Internship Program allows exceptional law students to serve as clerks to one of seven Florida Supreme Court justices. Interns review and make recommendations on discretionary conflict jurisdiction, conduct legal research, and prepare memoranda on pending cases.
Focus on Litigation and Lawyering Skills
Miami Law offers one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated litigation skills training programs in the nation, integrating trial, pretrial, litigation, and clinical experiences. Directed by a full-time faculty member, the program has distinguished trial attorneys and judges from both state and federal courts assist with trial and pretrial courses and help supervise externship placements. The program offers more hours than standard programs and is open to all students who wish to participate. Additionally, students who graduate from the course are placed in an externship program in which they are certified by the Florida Supreme Court to engage in the supervised practice of law.
The school also offers multiple courses designed to foster alternative conflict resolution skills, including Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR Design Systems, Mediation, Family Mediation, and the Mindfulness in Law Program. For students looking for hands-on training for the courtroom, Miami Law has a variety of student-run organizations, for-credit programs, and moot court programs to develop trial skills.
Miami’s two-semester Legal Communication and Research Skills Program uses simulated client cases to produce practice-ready students. Students learn to write an array of legal documents, including memoranda, motions, briefs, emails, and correspondence. After the first year of law school, students may choose from a rich array of advanced legal writing and research courses designed to further develop students’ skills. Course examples include Transactional Drafting, Mastering Summary Judgment Motions, Electronic Discovery, Advanced Techniques in Legal Persuasion, and Judicial Writing and Discovery in Civil Litigation.
Study-Abroad and International Programs
Students can immerse themselves in a foreign legal culture, studying international and comparative law in one of Miami Law’s 25 foreign study and exchange opportunities. Through these programs, students can focus on specific interests, such as international law, arbitration of international business disputes, comparative law issues in international business, foreign legal systems, and human rights. Miami Law offers exchange opportunities with
- University of San Andrés (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium)
- Fundacão Getulio Vargas School of Law (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
- University of São Paulo Law School (São Paulo, Brazil)
- Peking University School of Transnational Law (Shenzhen, China)
- University of Los Andes School of Law (Bogotá, Colombia)
- Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Cali, Colombia)
- Université Paris Descartes (Paris, France)
- Université Cergy-Pontoise (Paris, France)
- University of Versailles (Versailles, France)
- Free University (Berlin, Germany)
- Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany)
- University of Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany)
- EBS Law School (Weisbaden, Germany)
- KIIT University (Bhubaneswar, India)
- University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)
- Haifa University (Haifa, Israel)
- ESADE Law School (Barcelona, Spain)
- Instituto Empresa IE (Madrid or Segovia, Spain)
- ISDE-Superior Institute of Law and Economics (Madrid, Spain)
- University of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)
- University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland)
In addition, the school has an International Moot Court Program in which students take a workshop, obtain course credit, and participate around the globe in international competitions, some of which are conducted in Spanish. Students argue in mock court on topics in international law, including public, criminal, and human rights; commercial arbitration; and investment.
Specialized Studies: Dual Degrees and Concentrations
Recognizing the increasing need for specialization and interdisciplinary study, Miami Law offers students 20+ options in joint degrees and concentrations to focus their study. Joint degrees are offered in cooperation with the University of Miami’s renowned graduate schools. Joint JD/Master’s programs are offered in public administration, business administration, public health, music business, communications, entertainment management, Latin American studies, social change, and marine affairs and policy. Miami Law also offers Joint JD/Doctoral programs in Latin American studies, medicine, and environmental science and policy.
Miami Law’s Joint JD/LLM degrees and optional concentrations and areas of focus are for students interested in exploring specific fields of the law (a JD degree or equivalent degree from a foreign law school is required for entrance into most LLM programs). Options include
- International Arbitration LLM
- Estate Planning LLM
- Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law LLM
- Taxation LLM
- Real Estate/Property Development LLM
- Maritime Law LLM
- International Law LLM (with specializations in Inter-American Law and General International Law)
- US and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers LLM
- Social Justice and Public Interest Concentration
- The Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology: BILT Concentration
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration
The school also offers a triple-degree option where students who were undergraduate business majors can earn a JD/MBA + LLM in either estate planning, tax, or real property development in four years. There is also a three-semester Intensive Legal English + LLM Program designed for qualified foreign-trained law students who need to improve their English proficiency before beginning an LLM program.
Miami Law’s groundbreaking LawWithoutWalls Program brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. It provides a forum where students from Miami Law and from law schools around the world collaborate across countries to conduct investigative research and identify and propose a solution to a problem in legal education or practice.
The Mindfulness in Law Program has an academic component and also coordinates special wellness programs to help students achieve a better balance between work and life.
The Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program (PREP) is an award-winning program which develops continuing legal education (CLE) ethics training for the legal community. The program combines the attributes of an ethics institute and an ethics clinic, has dedicated hundreds of student hours to public service, and has educated thousands of members of the bench and bar.
HOPE (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts) is the law school’s public interest resource center. This center helps students understand the array of public interest opportunities at Miami Law and provides guidance and training to law students dedicated to community service and advocacy. This center also runs the Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program, the HOPE Fellows program, and the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program—a prestigious full-tuition scholarship program for incoming students with exceptional academic and public interest achievements.
The Center for Ethics and Public Service, founded in 1996, is an interdisciplinary project teaching the values of ethical judgment, professional responsibility, and public service. The center includes the Historic Black Church Program and the Environmental Justice Clinic. The goal of the center is to educate law students to serve their communities as citizen lawyers by observing three guiding principles: interdisciplinary collaboration, public-private partnership, and student mentoring and leadership training.
Miami Law also conducts the nationally known STREET Law program in which law students empower youth at local high schools through interactive education about law, democracy, and human rights while furthering professional development.
With over 630,000 volumes and volume equivalents and a wide array of electronic resources, Miami Law’s library is one of the most comprehensive resources for legal research in the Southeast. The Law Library has liberal hours, energetic and experienced reference librarians, and seating for individual and group study. A strong wireless infrastructure allows students to utilize the Internet throughout all buildings and on our courtyard, the Bass Bricks.
Admission is competitive. Undergraduate and graduate grade-point averages are used in the review process. While all LSAT scores are considered, the highest score is given the greatest weight. Two letters of recommendation are required and a personal statement is strongly encouraged. Work experience, extracurricular activities, special skills, and background are also considered. First-year students are admitted only in the fall semester. Applicants are urged to apply as early as possible after September 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis until July 31.
Student Body and Student Life
Miami Law’s student activities include an active Student Bar Association, Honor Council, Moot Court Board, International Moot Court Board, and more than 55 other diverse student organizations that provide members with personal, academic, and career support. All encourage student leadership and involvement in pro bono activities, assist in recruiting students, and provide networking and career opportunities with alumni and other members of the legal community. The school’s leadership works closely with student organizations and facilitates or cosponsors a broad array of special programs and events throughout the year, including Wellness Week, Diversity Week, and Bar Week.
Some of the organizations include diversity/affinity groups (Black, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific American law student organizations; OUTLaw; Miami Law Women), legal thought/political groups (Federalist Society, Democratic Law Students Association, Republican Law Student Association), legal practice area groups (International Law Society, Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society), advocacy groups (Student Advocates for Veterans, Child Advocacy Family Law Society), and student chapters of Dade County, Florida, Federal, and American Bar Associations.
The school’s law journals include
- University of Miami Law Review
- University of Miami Inter-American Law Review
- University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review
- Race and Social Justice Law Review
- Business Law Review
Expenses, Financial Aid, Scholarships
Scholarship aid available through the school does not exceed the cost of tuition. Most scholarships are merit based, although need is sometimes considered. Admitted applicants are automatically considered for most scholarship awards. Applicants who wish to be considered for a merit scholarship should complete their admission files prior to January 8. Most scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Those admitted by February 1 are considered for the prestigious Harvey T. Reid and Soia Mentschikoff scholarships. In addition, admitted students are eligible to apply for the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program—a prestigious full-tuition scholarship program for incoming students with exceptional academic and public interest achievements, which requires a separate application with a deadline of April 2.
The law school assists and encourages all students to apply for federal aid (loans) prior to considering private educational loans. Federal loans may be applied for by first completing the FAFSA online by our priority deadline of March 1. Our Federal School Code is E00532. Any additional financial aid information can be found on our Financial Aid website.
Miami Law is committed to developing its students by cultivating legal and interdisciplinary scholarship along with the critical leadership and professional skills that enhance students’ marketability and allow them to become leaders in the global marketplace. The Career Development Office (CDO), composed of nine attorneys, provides extraordinary professional and career development to students and alumni. The CDO offers a wide range of job-related programming and recruiting opportunities, individual career counseling, professional connections with attorneys in varied practices, and online access to a resource library and national job postings. The fall and spring interview programs provide opportunities both nationally and locally with law firms, corporations, government agencies, public service organizations, and the judiciary. Through the Externship Program, students gain hands-on legal experience and earn academic credit while working with a number of exciting and diverse employers in the legal marketplace.
Admitted Applicant Profile
25-75% UGPA Range at Miami:
3.30 to 3.71
25-75% LSAT Score Range at Miami:
156 to 161
25-75% UGPA Range at Miami:
3.30 to 3.71
25-75% LSAT Score Range at Miami:
156 to 161
25-75% UGPA Range at Miami:
3.30 to 3.71
25-75% LSAT Score Range at Miami:
156 to 161