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"The LLM with Intensive English is the program that I was looking for. As a student in this program you will have to prepare for a lot of lectures, reading, and homework, but all of the effort and hard work that you put into the program will be beneficial as they provide the base for your next step at Miami Law. After I complete my LL.M. I plan to take the New York Bar and practice Immigration Law."
Miguel Molano, Venezuela
Universidad Catolica Andres Bello
Who should consider this program?
This three-semester program is designed for qualified law students who need to improve their English proficiency before they immerse themselves into the International Law LL.M. with a specialization in U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers. Miami Law requires applicants to the regular LL.M. program to have a minimum TOEFL score of 92 or a minimum required IELTS score of 7.0. Applicants with scores both above and below the target scores may apply to this program.
Applicants must meet all admission requirements to be considered for admission. Indication of English language proficiency will be required of all applicants.
What are the courses and what is the schedule?
This program starts in the Spring semester in January. During the first semester, students focus on achieving the English language and communication skills necessary to be successful in the LL.M. program. Students take courses in the areas of: Oral Communication, Reading and Writing, Introduction to Legal Communication and Writing, and Introduction to Legal Research.
"The International Law LL.M. with Intensive English program is a wonderful way to introduce students to the law school and prepare them for their LL.M. course of studies. In Introduction to Legal Communication and Writing, students receive unique, specifically-tailored training to enhance their U.S. legal reasoning, writing, and communication skills. I have seen students successfully complete this Introduction course and then excel at the start of their LL.M. at Miami Law."
Professor K. Renee Schimkat
University of Miami School of Law
What is unique about the program?
Students in the three semester LL.M. program are fully integrated into the Miami Law community and participate in the school’s academic networking and social events. All classes in the three semester program are taught at Miami School of Law.
The program has a very low student-faculty ratio and faculty carefully review each student’s work and assignments. Students are provided opportunities to meet with their professors and revise their work.
What students say about the program:
"Enrolling in the three semester LLM has provided me the opportunity to improve my legal English and engage in the Miami Law legal community. UM is like a small town inside of a big city and starting the program a semester earlier has given me the time I needed to acclimate, make friends at the law school, and explore Miami."
"Going back to Law School in a foreign country is a challenge. I decided to enroll in this program because it was the best option for me. It has been the first step to get the high quality education I was looking for. Now I am planning on completing my JD in addition to my LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law."
Introduction to Legal Communication and Writing: This course, specifically designed for foreign students enrolled in the Intensive English LL.M. program, will help students develop their U.S. legal reasoning, writing, and communication skills. Students will learn how to read and analyze U.S. law, write summaries of legal opinions and statutes, and prepare legal correspondence. Students will also receive training in professionalism and other essential communication skills. This course uses many activities to help students learn, including, reading materials, lectures, in-class activities, writing exercises and assignments, and detailed individualized feedback. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to read, synthesize, and summarize United States cases and statutes, both verbally and in writing.
Introduction to Legal Research: The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to U.S. legal research and to the sources of law. It will focus on the organization of legal information, the types of legal information, and how to find relevant information. The resources will include electronic tools and some print sources. Students will develop basic skills to understand what sources are appropriate for research, and what level of authority the sources have.
LL.M. Oral Communication: This course is designed to refine oral communication skills of international students in the Intensive English LL.M. program. Speaking clearly and persuasively to a variety of legal and lay-audiences is an essential skill in law school and the practice of law. Students practice debating, leading and participating in discussions related to the law, and preparing and delivering at least two formal presentations about cases. The course also focuses on role plays involving phone calls, interviews, mediation and negotiation. Grammar and pronunciation lessons are presented, monitored and edited both by the instructor and the students themselves. A central component of the course is mastery of both general academic and legal vocabulary development.
LL.M. Reading and Writing: This course is designed to refine reading and writing skills of international students in the Intensive English LL.M. program. The course integrates reading comprehension with grammar and writing skill-building activities and assignments. Furthermore the course provides a variety of reading materials to both expand students’ knowledge of English language legal terminology as well as foundational concepts relevant to the U.S. legal system. Students will be introduced to varied writing styles with an emphasis on persuasion, argument, and critical analysis. Students are provided opportunities to meet with their instructor and revise their written work.
After successful completion of their first semester, students join the International LL.M. class and proceed with the regular course of studies selecting courses from Miami Law’s extensive Course Catalog based on their interests and career goals.
Transfer to Other LL.M. Programs
In addition, once students join the International LL.M. program, they also have the option to apply and transfer to other Miami Law LL.M. Programs including: Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, International Arbitration, Maritime Law, Real Estate/Property Development, Taxation, and Taxation of Cross-Border Investment.
Application Deadline - December 1
This program offers limited spots. Applications will be considered as soon as they are complete, and must be submitted no later than December 1st.
For More Information
To learn more about this option, contact the Office of International Graduate Law Programs.