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 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 two sections of Contracts, four sections of Property, and six sections of Torts.
The large majority of our foreign students will take Business Associations, which is offered in three sections for 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 contemplating transferring to the JD 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.
Many students are most interested in our varied international and comparative law courses. Popular choices from past years, as well as some new course offerings, would include those listed below.
Basic Notions of Latin American Contracts Workshop
Latin American Law
European Community Law
Introduction to Caribbean Law
Islamic Legal Systems Law
Introduction to U.S. Law (for foreign lawyers)
Comparative Corporate Governance
Comparative Criminal Law
Law of Obligations
International Business and Trade
Doing Business in Latin America
International Business Transactions
International Economic Law
Project Finance in Latin America
International Human Rights
Research Methods in International Foreign and Comparative Law Seminar
Press Freedoms in the Americas (seminar)
Democracy, Constitutions and Human Rights Seminar
International Moot Court
International Criminal Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Transnational Litigation and Arbitration
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar
International Commercial Arbitration Workshop
Asylum and Visa Workshop
Advanced Immigration Seminar
Ocean and Coastal Law
Law of the Sea
Marine Insurance Seminar
Marine Ecology & Law
This listing includes some very innovative courses offered by UM that defy traditional categories:
Cultural Property and Heritage Law
Miami Law does offer several courses in Spanish. These courses are intended for J.D. law students who are trying to improve their knowledge of technical Spanish. We discourage native Spanish speakers from taking these courses.
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."