Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Miami Law is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within the student body, faculty, and the legal profession. Miami Law’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths and enhances the quality and breadth of our curriculum, enriches our classroom experiences, better informs our decision-making, and helps prepare our students for the demands of practice in a richly diverse region, nation, and world. We foster diversity, promote a culture of inclusion and thoughtful and civil engagement, and ensure that all members of our community feel at home, valued, and welcome to engage as an important part of the Miami Law family.

Orientation and Graduation

Inclusion is prioritized starting on your first day as a student at Miami Law. At orientation, Diversity in Leadership Training is a workshop for all sections and an integral part of orientation. Our program features speakers like Charlton Copeland, Professor of Law and Dean for Intellectual Life; Chris Clarke, Director, Multicultural Student Affairs Office; and Kennedy Robinson, Assistant Director, Multicultural Student Affairs Office).

Miami Law students participate in campus-wide diversity programming. We also offer inclusive graduation ceremonies. As an example, the Senior Mwambo pre-commencement celebration honors students for their academic and civic achievements. This is an African rite of passage ceremony that marks the transition of black graduates from their lives at the University of Miami to advanced education and professional careers. The Senior Mwambo has been a part of UM for nearly 30 years. In 2018, Miami Law grad Christopher Lomax, J.D. ’08 was the keynote speaker.

The University of Miami honors graduating LGBTQIA+ students and allies by hosting The Lavender Celebration, an event that recognizes LGBTQIA+ leadership, achievements, and contributions to the campus community. Participants receive a rainbow graduation cord to wear at their commencement ceremony, allowing them to showcase their pride as distinguished members of the UM family.

At a Glance (Entering J.D. Class of 2022)

  • 46% minority representation
  • 61% speak one or more foreign languages
  • 13% first-generation college students
  • 70% first-generation law students
  • 57% women
  • 56% out of undergraduate for 1+ year (age range: 20-42)
  • J.D. students from 33 states + DC, PR, and 10 countries
  • LL.M. students from 36 countries
  • Age range: 20-42

Miami Law Student Organizations, Affinity Groups, and Journals

Our students have the benefit of a diverse student population who come from myriad races, ethnicities, sexual and gender identities, economic backgrounds, and life experiences to help inform them and support our commitment to diversity. Miami Law’s 55+ extracurricular student-run organizations and publications reflect this diversity and provide programming and events focused on mentorship, networking, and law school success.

The Miami Law community works closely with and provides support to student organizations that are committed to diversity. Some of these organizations include: the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; Black Law Students Association; First Generation Law Association; Hispanic Law Students Association; Miami Law Women; Older Wiser Law Students; OUTLaw; and South West Asian and North African Law Students Association. Many of these student organizations also provide programming and events focused on mentorship, networking, and law school success.

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Featured Programs, Projects, Events, and Courses

  • Companion Animals and the Law
  • Criminal Justice Policy Reform
  • Cross-Cultural Collaboration
  • Cross-Cultural Mediation
  • Developing Affordable Housing
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Fundamentals of Human Rights
  • Gender Violence, Social Justice, and the Law
  • Habeas Corpus Seminar
  • Hospitals, Health Care Services, and Access
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Human Rights and the Environment
  • Human Trafficking
  • Immigration, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy
  • Islamic Legal System
  • Jewish Law and the Talmud
  • Law Practice: Systemic Advocacy
  • Law, Policy, and Technology
  • Legal Advocacy and Same-Sex Marriage
  • Mental Health Law
  • Policing the Police
  • Race and Economic Justice
  • Race and the Law
  • Race, Class, and Power: The #BlackLivesMatter Movement
  • Race, Crime, and Politics
  • Restorative Justice Processes
  • Sexuality, Gender Identity, and the Law
  • Spanish for Lawyers I and II
  • Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining in the Entertainment Industry
  • Urbanism, Capitalism, and Development
  • Voting Rights and Election Law

Featured Diversity-Focused Networking and Mentorship Opportunities for Miami Law Students

Mentorship programs aim to provide students with knowledge about employment opportunities in various practices of law. These programs also give students an opportunity to meet experienced attorneys, learn about professionalism and the practice of law. Students have a variety of options and opportunities to participate.

One widely known South Florida mentorship program is the John W. Kozyak Minority Mentoring Foundation (KMMF). KMMF pairs minority students with community attorneys and members of the judiciary who serve as mentors throughout students' law school careers. Meeting at mentors' offices, in the courtroom, and at community events, mentors and students often continue their relationships as professionals after graduation.

Pipeline Programs

Miami Law is committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession by hosting programs that encourage diverse and talented high school and college students to study law. Our pipeline programs include the Summer Legal Academy High School Program and College Program. The Summer Legal Academy is a 3-week, online summer program launched in 2020 that exposes 200+ high school and college students to various aspects of law school and the legal profession.

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Policies, Resources, and Forms

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on-campus or off-campus. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited.

Students can submit a Bias Incident Report by clicking here.

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