University of Miami School of Law

1311 Miller Drive
Coral Gables
Miami, FL 33146
United States

www.law.miami.edu

LL.M. facts

  • Tuition 49,500

  • Duration 9 months

  • Class Size 10

  • Women 38%

  • Intakes Fall

  • Int'l Students 25%

  • Minimum TOEFL 92

  • Minimum IELTS 7.0

  • Applicants/Year 14

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The Program

Students in front of Lake Oscela, in the center of UM's campus and across from the law school.

Students in front of Lake Oscela, in the center of UM's campus and
across from the law school.

GENERAL LL.M. DEGREE:

U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers LL.M. 

Specifically designed for the foreign law graduate, the U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is specialization within the International Law LL.M. and is Miami Law's general LL.M. program. This program welcomes foreign-trained attorneys from all over the world to continue the study of law in a context that emphasizes American common law and its impact in the global economy. The program permits unusual flexibility by allowing students to choose courses in their area of interest from the general law school curriculum. Overall, this LL.M. offers foreign lawyers a unique opportunity to study both theoretical and practical aspects of the U.S. legal system and to appreciate the effects of globalization upon U.S. and transnational law.

SPECIALIZED LL.M. DEGREES:

Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M.

The Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. degree is designed for U.S. and foreign-based law students and attorneys who are committed to counseling professionals and companies in these fields. The degree is also for lawyers currently in the field who wish to be better prepared to address emerging and novel issues such as equity investment, public-private conduct and regulatory compliance, which have taken on importance and even centrality in these areas.

Estate Planning LL.M.

The Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning explores the areas necessary to the development of a competent estate planner, including the applicable income and wealth transfer tax laws, planning strategies, fiduciary administration, drafting, ethics and the use of technological aids in the planning process. It differs from a Tax LL.M. in that the unique program prepares attorneys not only to deal with the tax implications of wealth transfers, but also with the related non-tax, investment and business succession planning issues. Tax LL.M. programs may offer a cluster of survey courses on estate planning topics, but cannot match the in-depth, practical focus of Miami Law’s Estate Planning LL.M. spring semester classes which focus exclusively on these essential non-tax issues. 

International Arbitration LL.M.

The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program provides a unique individualized educational opportunity for a small group of top quality students from a range of countries, wishing to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field as a platform for a successful career. The program offers specialized theoretical and practical courses arbitration, and there is a broad selection of related subjects including course offerings with a focus on Latin America for future practitioners wishing to pursue a career involving interests in that region.

International Law LL.M.

The International Law LL.M. Program provides students with the specialized background and training necessary to recognize, understand and manage problems arising in the international legal order, including those relating to international trade, investment, business, environmental problems, and the protection of human rights. Within this program, the School offers the general U.S. & Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers and these specializations:

a.)  International Law (General) specialization exposes students to a broad background in public international law (both traditional public law and international economic law), comparative law, and international business transactions.

b.) Inter-American Law (Law of the Americas) specialization is designed to prepare students for a career in the inter-American legal field, exposing them to basic aspects of Latin American law and legal culture so they can more effectively service clients from that region and advise clients doing business in Latin America. Courses are also offered in Spanish to help students improve their legal Spanish skills.

Intensive Legal English + LL.M.

Students who need to improve English proficiency before embarking on LL.M. studies can apply to this option which begins each January in the spring semester. The Spring semester focuses on strengthening the English language and communication skills necessary to be successful in the LL.M. program. After successful completion of their first semester, students join the LL.M. class in the fall and proceed with the regular course of LL.M. studies.

Maritime Law LL.M.

The Maritime Law LL.M. Program is for students interested in studying the International Law of the Sea, Admiralty Law, and Marine & Environmental Law & Policy. Surrounded by water, Miami offers a unique opportunity to study Maritime Law as the top cargo gateway of the Americas and the cruise capital of the world. It hosts the Port of Miami - the largest single-ship cruise terminal and all the major companies’ principal place of business. Miami Law is known for its renowned professors who share their knowledge and skills with students such as Professor Bernard H. Oxman who serves as ad hoc judge before the International Court of Justice. The LL.M. also draws upon the expertise of The University of Miami's Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science  - one of the leading academic oceanographic and atmospheric research institutions in the world.

Real Estate / Property Development LL.M. (available on campus or online)

The Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development Program provides an advanced educational opportunity for lawyers dedicated to working in the real estate field. The Program is designed both for recent law school graduates and for practitioners interested in redirecting or fine tuning their practice. There is also a Distance Learning option taught by the best minds in real estate law and top, practicing lawyers in the field. This online program offers a first-rate educational experience and a flexible program available 24-7 from anywhere in the world. The program is part-time and can be earned in as little as two years or as long as five years and is ideal for attorneys who want to expand their knowledge of real estate law without commuting or moving.

Taxation LL.M.

The Taxation LL.M. Program provides intensive training that focuses on building a better tax lawyer who develops the "tax sense" necessary to resolve tax problems with confidence. Classes are offered in an order that makes sense - students take foundational courses in the fall, and in spring they build on concepts already introduced to tackle increasingly complex issues and choose electives to develop a deeper understanding of their specific areas of interest. Miami Law's program educates tax professionals to play significant roles in tax and business law in the United States and around the world. Students with law degrees from outside the U.S. are welcome.

Taxation of Cross-Border Investment LL.M. (available on campus or online)

This new LL.M. is in response to South Florida becoming one of the world's leading centers of international tax planning and asset management. Many courses in this degree are co-taught by U.S. and non-U.S. tax lawyers to show the real-world dynamics of developing a structure that satisfies the business and legal demands of multiple jurisdictions. The specialized degree is ideal for students who have a solid foundation in their own domestic tax system and who are a few years out of law school. Specifically, the degree will benefit: 1) lawyers who are practicing, or intend to practice, in or with Latin America in order to develop the niche market of structuring investments in and by Latin America; 2) Non-U.S. lawyers ready to delve into a more sophisticated tax practice and looking to understand enough U.S. tax law to work well with U.S. tax lawyers.

The University

Main entrance to the University of Miami. The shuttle bus takes students all over campus.

Main entrance to the University of Miami. The shuttle bus takes students all over campus.

The School of Law is located in Coral Gables on the 260-acre main campus of the University of Miami, one of the largest private research universities in the United States. Known as one of Florida's most desirable residential areas and increasingly recognized as an international business center, Coral Gables offers all the benefits of large-city living in a relaxed suburban setting. Next door to Coral Gables is the City of Miami, a burgeoning international center for trade and finance and the nation's gateway to South America. Greater Miami has one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding legal communities in the country. Greater Miami, with its international flavor and cultural diversity, is also an extraordinary setting in which to live. Its many distinctive neighborhoods such as Art Deco inspired South Beach, "Little Havana," fashionable Coconut Grove and South Miami, with its small-town ambiance offer a wealth of cultural attractions, sporting events and natural treasures to enjoy year-round.

The Law School

Graduate LL.M. students and
J.D. students congregate on our
courtyard, "The Bricks."

Graduate LL.M. students and J.D. students congregate on our courtyard, "The Bricks."

University of Miami School of Law is one of the leading institutions of legal education in the U.S. Situated in one of the most vibrant, multicultural metropolitan areas, UM is at the forefront in training legal professionals of a rapidly changing world. Faculty members are leaders in their scholarly and professional fields which benefits the highly talented and diverse student body through a rich and challenging curriculum and a wide variety of professional skills training opportunities. Graduates of this law school are among the best in the profession. More than 17,000 alumni practicing throughout the United States and in nearly seventy countries around the world in all fields of practice from corporate to public interest law, in large firms, private practice, government service or as sole practitioners can attest to the excellence of the education they received.

The Faculty

We offer practical learning opportunities.

We offer practical learning opportunities.

The University of Miami School of Law has one of the largest number of faculty members teaching or researching in the area of international and foreign law of any American law school. We have leading scholars in the area of Latin American law, International Law and Law of the Sea such as Professor Bernard H. Oxman who serves as ad hoc judge before the International Court of Justice and in International Arbitration scholars such as Faculty Chair and Professor Jan Paulsson.

We are highly regarded for our faculty's overall academic and professional quality, and faculty members take great pride in developing good working relationships with students, and are available to discuss course materials as well as questions related to the study of law in general. Some of our students are selected to serve as research assistants to our international faculty. In addition, some students may apply and be appointed by the Dean as a Visiting Associate Professor for one year after the completion of the International Law LL.M. program.

Entry Requirements

Near the ports, the law school is the ideal setting to study Maritime / Admiralty law.

Near the ports, the law school is the ideal setting to study Maritime / Admiralty law.

UM looks for a student body that is intellectually excellent, extraordinarily active and diverse.

To qualify for admission to our LL.M. Programs in Entertainment Arts and Sports Law, International Arbitration, International Law, Maritime Law, Taxation, Taxation of Cross-Border Investment, and Real Property Development, applicants must have earned a law degree either in the United States or abroad. To apply to our Estate Planning LL.M. Program, lawyers must have earned a J.D. or LL.B. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and have successfully completed the equivalent of a J.D. trusts and estates course.

For specific application requirements for the LL.M. Programs in Entertainment Arts and Sports Law, Estate Planning, Real Property Development, Taxation or Taxation of Cross-Border Investment, visit www.law.miami.edu/llm.

Admissions are selective and those admitted will have excellent law school records, strong letters of recommendation and for international students, strong English language ability, as demonstrated by their TOEFL score, writing sample and personal statement. Special care is taken in the review process to ensure that the entering class is a highly talented and select group, representing a wide variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.

Application Procedure

Students eating outside on campus.

Students eating outside on campus.

For specific application procedures for the LL.M. Programs in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, Estate Planning, International Arbitration, International Law, Maritime Law, Real Property Development, Taxation or Taxation of Cross-Border Investment, visit www.law.miami.edu/llm.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
1) Entertainment Arts and Sports Law LL.M. - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a Priority Deadline of May 1st.

2) Estate Planning LL.M. - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

3) International Arbitration LL.M. - Full-time and Part-Time applications are considered on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of February 15th for Fall admission. At the discretion of the Director, Spring admissions may be permitted.

4) International Law LL.M. - Foreign Law Graduates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a Priority Deadline of May 1st.
U.S. Law Graduates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with Priority Deadlines of May 1st (Fall Admission) and November 15th (Spring Admission).

5) Intensive English + LL.M. - December 1

6) Maritime Law LL.M. - Foreign Law Graduates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a Priority Deadline of May 1st.
U.S. Law Graduates: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with Priority Deadlines of May 1st (Fall Admission) and November 15th (Spring Admission).

7) Real Property Development LL.M. - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

8) Taxation LL.M. - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

9) Taxation of Cross-Border Investment LL.M. - Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Tuition and Fees

The University's student center is across from the law school.

The University's student center is across from the law school.

For information on tuition and fees, visit: http://www.miami.edu/finance/index.php/student_account_services/tuition_and_fees/

Financial Aid

For a break, the beach is only 30 minutes away from campus.

For a break, the beach is only 30 minutes away from campus.

The Law School is committed to helping qualified international graduate students obtain the necessary financial aid to complete their legal education. Partial scholarships are available for a limited number of qualified international LL.M. applicants. Other options are also available through the law school. We encourage you to visit our website under International Students & Aid for information.

There are also scholarships for the International Arbitration LL.M.

In order to be considered for scholarships through International Graduate Law Programs, please include the Scholarship Form with your application to ensure scholarship consideration.

If you are not an international student and would like further information on financial aid, visit the financial aid area of our website at: www.law.miami.edu/financial-aid.

Location

As a gateway between the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Miami has a unique strategic location.

As a gateway between the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Miami has a unique strategic location.

Many international corporations have their Latin American regional headquarters in Miami. Home to one of the world's largest privately owned and operated free trade zones, Miami has the third largest U.S. airport for international passengers and is the cruise capital of the world. Moreover, Miami has the second-largest number of foreign banks in the U.S., a large representation of foreign consulates, 25 international trade offices, 40 bi-national chambers of commerce, and many non-governmental organizations with headquarters or offices here. The area's economy and social life are firmly tied to international trade, immigration, and tourism in a manner emblematic of the globalized world.

Accommodation

The law school is in Coral Gables - a residential area that offers the benefits of city living in a suburban setting filled with trees and canals.

The law school is in Coral Gables - a residential area that offers the benefits of city living in a suburban setting filled with trees and canals.

The University is situated in the heart of Coral Gables and surrounded by an abundance of housing options to meet students' needs and budgets. Also, the Miami-Dade Metrorail has a stop at University station, which is right on campus, making it convenient to get to and from school for students living in the Dadeland or Downtown neighborhoods. For information on surrounding neighborhoods visit: http://media.law.miami.edu/communications/virtual-tour/index.html

Student Life

Miami Law  LL.M. students attending the New York Job Fair in 2017.

Miami Law LL.M. students attending the New York Job Fair in 2017.

The University of Miami is strongly committed to its graduate LL.M. programs and we welcome applicants from around the world to join our legal community. In a typical year, our international graduate law programs include about 60 students from 24 or more different countries around the globe. As for our other LL.M. programs, taxation typically has about 30 students, Real Property about 25 students and Estate Planning about 20 students. The School of Law has graduated over 3,100 graduate alumni who are living and working in more than 70 countries around the world.

From legal societies to fitness facilities, an array of student activities, resources, and services reflect the academic interests and meet the personal needs of our students. The Law School's more than 30 student organizations allow students to develop interests in specialized fields of practice, provide service to the community, and interact with local practitioners. Students have many opportunities to publish articles and to be involved in the important process of managing law journals. Law journals managed and edited by students include the Inter-American Law Review, the International and Comparative Law Review, and the University of Miami Law Review.

In addition, our International Graduate Law Programs also plans specific events for those with an interest in international law, including hosting a bi-monthly International Law Lecture Series, symposia, social activities, and other events.

Lastly, the School of Law currently offers highly popular Exchange Programs in many countries some include: Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, China, France, Spain, and Israel.

Summer Program

LLM Orientation for International attorneys includes a welcome reception.

LLM Orientation for International attorneys includes a welcome reception.

For students coming from overseas, Miami Law has a specialized two-week orientation prior to the start of classes. This way international students to get to know each other and feel comfortable within the law school and the city. During orientation students meet professors, alumni and each other, as well as receive individual course advising based on the students' background and areas of interest.

Pre-LLM Course

Orientation for LLM students has included visiting a Miami court room.

Orientation for LLM students has included visiting a Miami court room.

Intensive Legal English + International Law LL.M.

This new three-semester program is designed for students who need to improve their English proficiency before they embark on studying for their International Law LL.M. with a specialization in U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers. Applicants who meet all admission requirements other than the English Language Proficiency requirement are considered for admission.

Programs at Miami Law

Full-Time

Language
English
Intakes
Fall
Duration
9 months
Concentrations
Entertainment Law
Sports Law
Arts Law
Features
  • Available to domestic law graduates and foreign-trained lawyers.
Language
English
Duration
9 months
Features
  • Available to domestic law graduates.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
9 months
Features
  • Available to domestic law graduates and foreign-trained lawyers.
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Part-Time

Language
English
Intakes
Fall
Duration
21 months
Concentrations
Entertainment Law
Sports Law
Arts Law
Features
  • Available to domestic law graduates and foreign-trained lawyers.
Language
English
Duration
21 months
Features
  • Available to domestic law graduates.
Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
21 months
Features
  • Available to domestic law graduates and foreign-trained lawyers.
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Distance Learning

Language
English
Intakes
January, August
Duration
36 months
Features
  • Available to domestic and foreign-trained lawyers.
  • Program requires two 1.5-week on-campus residencies.
  • May be completed in 2 to 5 years.
Language
English
Duration
24 months
Features
  • Available to foreign-trained lawyers.

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