The University of Miami School of Law is committed to providing students with the skills necessary to become legal professionals. Our Legal Communication & Research Skills program provides comprehensive training in legal analysis, research, and writing.
Affectionately known as "LComm" on campus, the two-semester 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.
Students in the program develop:
Woven throughout both semesters is a strong emphasis on professionalism and practice readiness. Through realistic case simulations, students receive intensive training on what their future employers will expect. During the course of the year, students may be asked to act as a judicial clerk, a prosecuting attorney, counsel to a corporation, or another type of attorney. In addition to teaching legal analysis, writing, and research, the program also teaches the essential soft skills of successful attorneys, such as interpersonal relationships, collaboration, and professionalism.
The best way to learn legal research is do legal research. To this end, professors use experiential learning techniques and assign short research exercises throughout the year in addition to the major research projects students complete in both the fall and spring semesters. Students learn to research using both print and online sources, with an emphasis on efficiency, accuracy, and cost. Time-sensitive assignments expose students to the fast pace of legal practice.
What Are Writing Assignments Like? (Webisode #2): Hear 1L students describe the steps taken to analyze a legal problem and write about it.
First-year law students have the opportunity each year to observe the judicial process when the Third DCA holds oral arguments at the University of Miami.
Miami Law encourages students to showcase their writing skills by entering national writing competitions. Sponsoring organizations and law firms typically offer generous cash awards and resume-boosting recognition to top writers. Click here for a list of other writing competitions.