Students must complete 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.30/4.00 in order to receive the Masters of Law in International Law degree with specialization in U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers. Many students pursue different paths in reaching this goal.
These courses are intended to give a foundation in American common law doctrine as well as the approach to written analysis in this system.
Most students will take an additional two courses in the fall semester and four courses in the spring semester. Students must have 24 credits to graduate, so the exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course. Students studying on less than a full time basis should begin with the two required courses in the fall semester.
Some students are particularly interested in taking courses that will introduce them to the American Legal System. One approach would be to register for some of the first year required courses for J.D. students. First year students at UM are required to take: Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property Law, Constitutional Law I, and Criminal Procedure.
Some of these topics will be covered in the required Introduction to U.S. Law Course, but certainly not in the depth of the first year course. These courses tend to be quite comprehensive and extremely difficult. In the fall, students may choose among Contracts, Property, Torts , and Civil Procedure.
The large majority of our foreign students will take Business Associations, which is offered in the fall semester. This course will provide an overview of the American Corporation; many students view this course as fundamental to their studies and long-term professional interests.
Foreign law graduates wishing to pursue the NY Bar exam upon completion of the LL.M. program, should consult the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.
For LL.M. students pursuing the New York Bar, required coursework at Miami Law would include:
Click here to see a letter from the State of New York Court of Appeals on approved courses at Miami Law.
Students that are interested in applying to the JD/LLM program should consider taking one basic US Law course that demonstrates their ability to handle JD-level work for the fall semester. It will also be advantageous to study with at least one member of the tenure track faculty. By the spring semester students can discuss other academic requirements with their advisor that will need to be satisfied.
Yana Anatolevna Yakovleva, Russia
LL.M. Candidate 2009
Ph.D. Candidate, Moscow State Law Academy, Russia
J.D. equivalent, Moscow State Law Academy, Russia, 2005
"The LL.M. is an unforgettable experience for someone coming to the U.S. from a foreign country. It changes your life prospective, allows you to establish worldwide friendships, and opens new horizons in every aspect of life."