What Does it Mean to Practice Corporate/Business Law?
There is a wide selection of corporate law courses available at Miami Law. Many of our faculty have years of experience working in the corporate world and are able to give a realistic view to students on business practices. Taking corporate law and business law courses can provide students with a solid understanding of the intersection of law and business. Career tracks in corporate and business can include:
Banking and Financial Institutions
Private Law Firms
Private Regulatory Agencies
Concentration and Related Joint Degree Programs
Some students choose to complement their law studies with IP and business by doing one of these programs:
- The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology BILT Concentration
- J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries
- J.D./LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law
- J.D./LL.M. in Estate Planning
- J.D./LL.M. in Tax
- J.D./LL.M. in Real Estate Development
- Triple Degree Programs for Business Majors: J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. in Estate Planning, Tax or Real Estate Development
Practical Learning: Startups, Bankruptcy, Investments
Miami Law offers clinical opportunities for students to take the role of lawyers under direct supervision of attorneys and clinical faculty to get hands on experience working with clients on cases.
Internship and Externship Opportunities
Externships allows students to obtain academic credit while working in real world legal settings and offer experience with all kinds of entities including corporations and government agencies. The program is designed to enhance the educational experience of students by giving them an opportunity to do advanced legal work that generally is not available through the law school's curriculum. Sample past placements:
Carnival Cruise Lines
City of Coral Gables
County Attorney's Office
Securities and Exchange Commissions
Ulta Music Festival
U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
Business Law Review - The University of Miami Business Law Review publishes scholarly articles, comments, and case notes addressing a wide range of business-related issues. The University of Miami Business Law Review is run by a group of dedicated law students who are committed to providing current and insightful business & legal analysis.
Student Organizations - There are many student organizations that focus on aspects of business and organize various events and panels throughout the year. These include: Entertainment and Sports Law Society, Intellectual Property Law Society, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Society, and the Tax Law Society.
Study Abroad - International exchange experiences focusing on business include our Zurich Seminar, our exchange with ESADE in Spain - one of the best business schools in Europ - our exchange at University of Versailles in France with a focus on international business arbitration, and our Rio Exchange Program with Fundaco Getulio Vargas School of Law.
LawWithoutWalls Program - This program brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. LawWithoutWalls enables students to collaborate across institutions and countries, gain business, entrepreneurial, investigative research, and team building skills and, more than that, invaluable experience and insight into the world of law and business.
Intellectual Property Drafting
Professor Caroline Bradley is an expert in United States securities regulation, international finance, and business associations.
Patricia Brown is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of international taxation, with specialties in tax treaty policy and interpretation and the international taxation of financial products and institutions.
Andrew Dawson is an expert in contracts, bankruptcy and commercial law.
Professor Michele DeStefano teaches a course on law, technology, and innovation, and her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.
Scott Eichorn is the Associate Director and Practitioner-in-Residence for Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic.
Professor Stephen Halpert teaches in the areas of business associations, business transactions, securities regulation, bankruptcy, creditors' rights and remedies, and insurance.
Professor Frances R. Hill teaches and writes in the areas of federal income tax.
Professor Stanley Langbein teaches federal income taxation, international tax, banking law, and commercial law.
Professor Lili Levi teaches Business Associations, Copyright Law, and Media Law. She has previously taught International Copyright Law and Defamation and Privacy Law.
Professor Dan Ravicher teaches Startup Law & Entrepreneurship.
Professor Andres Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property.
Teresa Verges is the director of Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic and teaches in the area of broker regulations.
Professor William Widen teaches commercial law, contracts, and other business subjects.