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Future LLM Students

St. Thomas University School of Law

16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054, USA
Phone: 305.623.2310 | Website: www.stu.edu/law

Please Note

Applications to the LLM Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law may be made through the Human Rights Program’s website or through your LSAC LLM Account. If using LSAC’s service, applicants must register with LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) and pay an $85 Document Assembly Service fee. Applicants must request LSAT scores separately.

Introduction

The St. Thomas University School of Law was founded in 1984 in Miami, Florida. It is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The rigorous academic program of the Law School emphasizes lifelong learning and scholarship in a personalized, caring environment under Catholic auspices with a diverse student body and faculty. To this end, St. Thomas Law remains committed, in teaching, scholarship, and service, to fostering a public order of human dignity, to training lawyers sensitive to the needs of the region’s underrepresented communities, and to expanding access to professional opportunities. St. Thomas Law takes special pride in the diversity of the student body: it has been recognized as having the most diverse student body among accredited law schools. Cultural diversity, commitment to professionalism, and small class size make studying law at St. Thomas Law a unique and enriching experience.

LLM Program in Intercultural Human Rights

Started at the beginning of the new millennium, in 2001, this innovative program is designed to offer in-depth instruction on the critical issue of our time: the protection of human dignity across political, social, economic, and cultural lines.

Lawyers, government officials, teachers, human rights activists, and businesspersons with a commitment to human rights and social justice are invited to St. Thomas Law to pursue an advanced degree in one of the most dynamic fields of international law—intercultural human rights. The excellence of instruction emanating from world-renowned faculty from the United Nations and eminent centers of scholarship creates a highly stimulating learning environment and promises the most challenging academic experience of your career. Students develop the ability to evaluate the major theories, practices, and fundamental concepts in international human rights law and policy, as well as to conduct effective research and advocacy in the field of human rights in a practical and interactive way.

The LLM degree is earned in one year upon completion of 24 academic credits. It offers more than 15 mostly one-week compact courses in intercultural human rights. Human rights law and complaint procedures, international law, humanitarian law, human rights, and terrorism will all be addressed as well as issues of refugees, women and children, indigenous peoples, religion, criminal law, and international trade. Our global faculty and courses exploring theoretical issues and practical applications guarantee that the program continues to excel.

Did you know that ...?

  • The LLM program is globally unique: It offers 15 mostly one-week courses specifically created and designed for the program in Intercultural Human Rights.
  • The faculty is of the highest expertise. Courses are taught by leading scholars and practitioners in the field. Examples include Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill from Oxford University (Refugee Law), José Miguel Vivanco from Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Lawyering), and Professor Fausto Pocar, former president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (International Criminal Law).
  • The leaders of the program are of global scholarly renown, are widely published, and have been asked by various governments for their advice on drafting legislation in the field.
  • Professor Siegfried Wiessner, the founder of the program, has served as chair of the International Law Association’s Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, leading the effort to develop, and have unanimously passed, ILA Resolution 5/2012 on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2017, he published General Theory of International Law, the inaugural volume to the BRILL/Nijhoff series of American Classics in International Law.
  • In 2005, Professor Roza Pati developed “The Miami Declaration of Principles on Human Trafficking,” which has guided law and policy in various states nationally and internationally. In 2011 she founded the Human Trafficking Academy, a successful research, education, and outreach institution, which she continues to direct as one of the best-known training programs in the field. She also serves as the only United States Member of The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
  • The quality and depth of the program, as well as its intercultural outreach, has attracted students from around the world. From its inception in 2001 until the spring of 2017, the LLM program in Intercultural Human Rights has graduated 395 students from 85 countries from all corners of the world.
  • Many of these graduates have assumed taking leading positions in the field—from the presidency of the Mongolian Bar Association, to serving within the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, professorships at various academic institutions, such as the City University of Hong Kong, Cornell University, and the University of North Carolina, to mention but a few. All feel empowered by the program to solve any problems they will be facing.
  • Honors graduates of our LLM program are eligible to be admitted to the JSD Program in Intercultural Human Rights, a program established in 2005.
  • Miami, home of St. Thomas University School of Law, is both an international gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, and a center of global commercial, financial, and cultural activity, making it an environment well suited for our international program.
  • The program’s intellectual environment is only matched by the stunning natural beauty of South Florida.

Physical Facilities

The School of Law is located on the main campus of the university and includes a multilevel library, a moot court amphitheater, faculty and administrative offices, a computer lab, and classrooms and offices for student organizations. The architectural combination of buildings and breezeways provides an inspiring setting for the study of law, including an outdoor classroom that is usable virtually year-round. In addition, students can enjoy

  • a free campus-wide wireless network;
  • a gym and lap pool; and
  • a professional tennis court.

Legal Information Center

St. Thomas University’s Law Library includes an impressive range of books, law reviews, and other materials in the field of international and human rights law. This has been a focus of the library since its inception in 1984. We also offer a full range of electronic journals and databases. Information about the Legal Information Center’s collections, digital library, online resources, audiovisual department, policies, and hours can be located at the Legal Information Center website.

Main Library Phone: 305.623.2330

Impact on the Nation and the World

While continuing to make students their top priority, members of the faculty write articles and books that are used in other law schools and that affect the direction of the law. We are fortunate to have the expertise of top lawyers and judges from the region who teach our students as members of our part-time faculty. They, too, contribute to our sense of community. Our Intercultural Human Rights program trains both JD and LLM students and is helping the world find solutions to some of its most pressing human rights issues. Under the auspices of the program, the Human Trafficking Academy addresses one such key issue.

Human Trafficking Academy

The Human Trafficking Academy was founded through a grant of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, in 2011. It has conducted research, outreach, and education in the field. In particular, it offers specialized training and assistance to law enforcement, lawyers, health-care providers, teachers, students, researchers, religious institutions, and the community at large on issues related to the crime of trafficking in persons. For further information, please contact:

Roza Pati
Professor of Law and Director, Human Trafficking Academy
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
USA

Phone: 305.474.2447
Fax: 305.474.2413
Email: rpati@stu.edu

Housing

LLM students have the opportunity to reserve housing at the University Inn and Villanova Hall graduate floors, which offer private rooms with private baths. Students who live in the residence halls must participate in a meal plan. Meals are available in the cafeteria, buffet-style; in Einstein Brothers Bagels; and in the Rathskeller, which offers a variety of sandwiches and grilled foods. Recreational facilities are also available at the convenience of students. These facilities include basketball and tennis courts, a pool area, and weight room. Students interested in on-campus housing are advised to apply early for the limited spaces, as housing is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact

The Office of Residential Life and Housing
St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
USA

Phone: 305.628.6554
Email: reslife@stu.edu

Intercultural Human Rights Law Review and International Moot Court

Jointly administered by students of the JD and LLM program, the Intercultural Human Rights Law Review, only established in 2005, is now among the most renowned human rights law journals in the world in terms of its scholarly impact. It recently hosted a major symposium on the Papal Encyclical Laudato Si, featuring His Eminence Cardinal Peter A. Turkson of The Vatican; another event on the right to protest; and one on the Second Amendment and Gun Control. All yielded influential articles.

LLM students may also participate in International Moot Court, an excellent program to inculcate International Law through its application to complex sets of facts. One of our LLM graduates earned the Best Oralist Award in the Southeast Regional Round of the prestigious Jessup Competition.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services (CSO) at St. Thomas University School of Law strives to keep students and alumni well informed about the wide variety of career paths available to St. Thomas Law graduates. Further, the CSO assists students in developing their interview skills, refining their job-search approaches, and perfecting their professional documents, including résumés and cover letters.

The CSO also offers recruitment services to the widest possible range of legal employers. Experienced CSO professionals maintain an open door and a friendly environment for career planning and for recruitment. Building a bridge from student to professional and beyond, the Law CSO offers outstanding service to students, alumni, and employers.

Contact Us

For additional information, please visit the LLM/JSD in Intercultural Human Rights website, or contact:

Siegfried Wiessner
Professor of Law and Director
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
USA
Phone: 305.623.2305
Fax: 305.474.2413
Email: swiessner@stu.edu

Roza Pati
Professor of Law and Executive Director
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
USA
Phone: 305.474.2447
Fax: 305.474.2413
Email: rpati@stu.edu

Haydee Gonzalez
Program Manager
16401 NW 37th Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33052
USA
Phone: 305.474.2403
Fax: 305.474.2413
Email: hgonzalez@stu.edu

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