Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to its top 14 students. Each semester, students who distinguish themselves in Litigation Skills are recognized by the program and the legal community for their hard work and talent. The students have qualified to benefit from prestigious awards and scholarships that have been donated generously to the law school.
The following scholarships were awarded:
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Award: This $250 cash award is given each spring semester to second-year law students who show great promise in the practice of Criminal Litigation.
American Board of Trial Advocates Award: A cash award of $1,000 is given each spring to a third-year minority law student who has shown excellence in learning how to become a civil trial lawyer.
Hon. Theodore Klein Memorial Scholarship: Established in 2006 in memory of Theodore Klein, an outstanding lawyer, law professor, and U.S. Magistrate, this scholarship is awarded each semester to second- or third-year law students who have demonstrated financial need, ability and excellence in oral and written advocacy and a commitment to public service.
John F. Evans Memorial Scholarship, established in 1989 in memory of John F. Evans, a criminal defense attorney, former deputy chief of the U.S. State Department's Miami Strike Force, and a founding partner of the law firm of Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor and Evans. It is awarded each semester to second- or third-year students who have demonstrated a keen interest in trial practice.
Litigation Skills Adjunct Faculty Donor Scholarship, established in 2011 by Miami Law adjunct professors. A scholarship is given each spring to outstanding Litigation Skills students.
Marco A. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship: Established in 1996 in memory of Marco A. Vazquez, a 1993 graduate of Miami Law, the Marco A. Vazquez Scholarship is awarded each semester to academically qualified second- or third-year law students who have completed the Litigation Skills Program and who have demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to Cuban-American students.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton Scholarship: Established in 1995 by one of Miami's leading law firms, this scholarship is awarded each semester to a minority law student who has completed Litigation Skills I and shown a vivid interest in trial advocacy.
Tom Ewald Memorial Award, given each semester to a student in Litigation Skills I who shows devotion to high standards and ethical conduct.
Miami Law's Litigation Skills Program provides students with rigorous, hands-on training providing them with the practical skills necessary for competent professional legal service. Other law schools typically teach trial advocacy as an intensive course delivered over a short period of time. Miami Law's program offers a comprehensive litigation skills course open to all students who wish to participate, including pretrial skills and far more hours. Additionally, Miami Law's program is unique in that students who graduate from the course are placed in a six-credit externship program in which they are certified by the Supreme Court of Florida to engage in the supervised practice of law.