J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in International Arbitration

The International Arbitration LL.M. provided me with a valuable tool set for big firm practice. Because of the LL.M. classes, I was able to help with arbitrator selection in an ICC proceeding and discuss the inclusion of an arbitration clause in a corporate purchase agreement with a Georgian company. I do not believe I would have gained this knowledge without being part of the LL.M. program.”

Michael Rodriguez (Spain/U.S.)
International Arbitration J.D./LL.M. Candidate
Summer Associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C. (2017)


Current Miami Law J.D. and LL.M. students have the opportunity to apply to the Joint J.D./LL.M. Program in International Arbitration.

Earn Two Degrees

The Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration offers the opportunity to earn both degrees at once, saving both time and tuition expense. Joint J.D./LL.M. students must earn a combined 100 credits (instead of 112 normally required for a J.D. [88 credits] and LL.M. [24 credits] degree) with a grade point average of 2.3 out of 4.0 to earn both degrees. 

Current Miami Law J.D. students may accomplish this in only seven semesters overall.

Current Miami Law International Arbitration LL.M. students also may receive up to 29 advanced standing credits for their foreign legal studies.* This means that current Miami Law International Arbitration LL.M. students may earn the Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration in as little as three semesters after their LL.M. year.

Joint J.D./LL.M. students must comply with all academic and distributional requirements for the J.D. degree, as well as with all International Arbitration LL.M. graduation requirements.


A year of learning from world renowned international arbitration practitioners and scholars, participating in famous conferences alongside brilliant colleagues from around the world… What more could one ask for?  The International Arbitration LL.M. program at Miami Law was both humbling and inspiring… Wonderful Year!”

Christina Miller (Canada/Haiti)
International Arbitration J.D./LL.M. Candidate
 


Application Requirements

Current Miami Law J.D. Students:

 For current Miami Law J.D. students interested in delving deeper into the field of international arbitration, obtaining an LL.M. in International Arbitration is a way to gain a decided advantage. This option not only provides specialization, but also saves time and tuition money over earning both degrees separately. Current Miami Law J.D. students may apply to the International Arbitration LL.M. Program starting in the fall semester of their second year. Once admitted, students will start taking graduate level international arbitration courses starting in the spring semester of their second year.

Applicants must submit the following documents to the Office of the International Arbitration LL.M. Program (Office D339 in the Law Library) or to abuchanan@law.miami.edu:

  1. Application Form: Submit a completed application form through Miami Law’s Online Application System.
  2. Application Fee: A $50.00 application fee is required. One may pay by credit card through Miami Law’s Online Application System, by money order or check drawn on a bank in the United States payable to the University of Miami. If you are paying by money order or check, you must print and sign the Verification Form during the online application process and mail it to the University of Miami School of Law, Office of Graduate and J.D. Admissions at Gables One, P.O. Box 248087, Miami, FL 33124-8087, USA. This application fee is non-refundable, and will not be credited toward tuition or any other account in the event of admission.
  3. Statement of Purpose and Resume: Submit a personal statement of approximately 500 words through Miami Law's Online Application System or via email to abuchanan@law.miami.edu. Please address your academic and professional background, professional goals, specific interest in the study and practice of international arbitration, and other matters, which are of importance. The personal statement is to be prepared by the applicant without any outside help and is to contain a statement to that effect. It is recommended that an applicant also summarizes his/her professional background in a resume or curriculum vitae submitted separately.
  4. Miami Law Transcripts: Request a law school transcript from Miami Law's Registrar's Office and drop it off at the Office of the International Arbitration LL.M. Program (Office D339 in the Law Library) or to abuchanan@law.miami.edu.
  5. Letter of Recommendation: Submit one letter of recommendation, preferably from a Miami Law professor, stating in detail his/her opinion of a student’s qualifications for graduate law study in the Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration.
  6. Waiver of Seat Deposit: Please note that the $500 seat deposit fee is waived for current Miami Law J.D. students.

Current Miami Law International Arbitration LL.M. Students: 

Current Miami Law International Arbitration LL.M. students should submit an application for admission to the J.D. program during the Fall semester of their LL.M. studies and no later than November 1. It is recommended that students discuss their intention to apply to the J.D. program with their LL.M. program director early on in their LL.M. studies to make sure their course selection enables them to complete all graduation requirements effectively. Please refer to the J.D. application overview page for further information.

A separate admissions committee will review each application and determine eligibility to enter the J.D. program. The admissions committee takes into consideration the nature of, and grade point average in, classes taken by the applicant while enrolled in the LL.M. program. It is strongly recommended that International Arbitration LL.M. students considering applying to the Joint J.D./LL.M. program take at least one first-year or upper-level American law course during each semester of their LL.M. studies, such as:

Business Associations   
Commercial Law
Constitutional Law
Contracts
Criminal Procedure
Evidence
Family Law
Property
Substantive Criminal Law
Torts
Trust & Estates

Having completed one semester towards the LL.M. in International Arbitration, students admitted to the Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration will enroll in additional  J.D. courses in their second semester.

For More Information

Current Miami Law J.D. or International Arbitration LL.M. students interested in enrolling in the Joint J.D./LL.M. Program in International Arbitration may contact the Office of the International Arbitration LL.M. Program (Office D339 in the Law Library) or LL.M. Program Coordinator, Arlene Buchanan, at abuchanan@law.miami.edu.

 

*The specific number of advanced standing credits awarded will be determined based on a review of the applicant’s J.D. application file.

CONTACT US

Phone: 305-284-1965
E-mail: iallm@law.miami.edu


PROGRAM LEADERSHIP


Director Sandra Friedrich
previously practiced law at Latham & Watkins in New York in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution practice group focusing on complex commercial and investment arbitration matters as well as related litigation proceedings. The firm is consistently ranked by Vault Law 100 as one of the Top 10 most prestigious law firms based on perceptions of practicing lawyers at peer firms.

Professor Jan Paulsson is the Faculty Chair of the program.
Marike Paulsson is the Director of the International Arbitration Institute at Miami Law.
Arlene Buchanan is the Program Coordinator.

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Arbitration Institute Dedication
The law firm White & Case made a gift to name the International Arbitration LL.M.
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See List of International Arbitration Institute Lectures

CONTACT US

Phone: 305-284-1965
E-mail: iallm@law.miami.edu


PROGRAM LEADERSHIP


Director Sandra Friedrich
previously practiced law at Latham & Watkins in New York in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution practice group focusing on complex commercial and investment arbitration matters as well as related litigation proceedings. The firm is consistently ranked by Vault Law 100 as one of the Top 10 most prestigious law firms based on perceptions of practicing lawyers at peer firms.

Professor Jan Paulsson is the Faculty Chair of the program.
Marike Paulsson is the Director of the International Arbitration Institute at Miami Law.
Arlene Buchanan is the Program Coordinator.

See all Arbitration faculty

RELATED NEWS & EVENTS

Arbitration Institute Dedication
The law firm White & Case made a gift to name the International Arbitration LL.M.
See All Arbitration News
See List of International Arbitration Institute Lectures