Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration

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The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration provides participating Miami Law students the opportunity to become the best practice-ready litigator/trial lawyer that any law school education can produce.

Sequencing, breadth of substantive doctrinal courses, extensive experiential simulation, live client skills training and the elective writing experience together facilitate students interested in a career in litigation to take full advantage of enormous resources made available to Miami Law students.

Upper-Level Litigation Courses

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration requires doctrinal legal education in upper-level litigation-specific substantive courses (such as Evidence, Civil Procedure II, Substantive Criminal Law). The Concentration also encourages but does not require students to take important non-litigation substantive doctrinal courses (such as Business Associations and Constitutional Law II).

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Given the growing importance of alternative dispute resolution, in order to be awarded a Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration Certificate evidencing successful completion of the program, each student must successfully complete an arbitration, mediation, negotiation or more general alternate dispute resolution offering.

Experiential Learning

Following completion of Evidence the participating student will engage in simulated experiential learning in Miami Law’s award winning Litigation Skills Program, featuring extremely dedicated, experienced and skilled adjunct faculty from the Federal and State bench and bar. Next, the student will obtain live client experience either in a Miami Law litigation oriented clinic or as a Certified Legal Intern with a governmental agency or legal aid organization, most frequently in the criminal justice system.

Finally, each student must take two electives from a long list of litigation oriented seminars and courses, one of which must satisfy a writing requirement. Included within the seminar offerings satisfying a writing requirement is “The Litigation Structure: Transition to Practice” which features presentations by distinguished guest litigators/trial lawyers/judges and other professionals deeply involved in today’s litigation and alternative dispute resolution civil and criminal universe.

 See Requirements

This concentration requires a total of at least 28 credits, 16 from the Required Courses and at least 12 from the Additional Course Requirements.

I. Required Courses (16 credits)

Civil Procedure II (3)
Evidence (4)
Litigation Skills I (6)
Substantive Criminal Law (3)

II. Writing Requirement: At least one of the two graduation writing requirements must be litigation focused.

III. Additional Course Requirements: One or more courses from both sub-sections A and B and at least two elective courses from sub-section C for a total of at least 12 credits.

A. Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
Alternative Dispute Resolution Design Systems (2)
Federal Arbitration Act (2)*
International Commercial Arbitration (2)*
Mediation (2)*
Negotiation (3)*

B. Experiential

Litigation Skills II (3)
Business Litigation
Criminal Litigation
Certified Legal Internship Litigation Skills Clinical Externship (min. 4 credits)
Litigation Clinic (min. 4 credits)
Children & Youth Law
Federal Appellate
Health Rights
Investor Rights
Tenants’ Rights

C. Electives

a. Seminars that meet the writing requirement

i. Complex Litigation Seminar (2)
ii. Current Topics in Criminal Litigation (2)
iii. Federal Arbitration Act (2)*
iv. International Commercial Arbitration (2)
v. Scientific Evidence (2)

b. Courses that meet the writing requirement

i. Discovery in Civil Litigation (2)
ii. Electronic Discovery (2)
iii. International Moot Court (2)
iv. Judicial Writing (2)
v. Pretrial Litigation Practice (2)
vi. Rule 56: Mastering Summary Judgment Motions (2)
vii. Search and Seizure (3)
viii. The Adversary System: Silence, Confrontation, and Sentencing (3)

c. Other elective courses

i. Advanced Appellate Advocacy I (2)
ii. Advanced Appellate Advocacy II (2)
iii. Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
iv. Alternative Dispute Resolution Design Systems (2)
v. Basic Concepts in International Arbitration (1)
vi. Class Action Litigation (1)
vii. Complex Litigation Course (2)
viii. Conflicts of Law (3)
ix. Criminal Evidence Workshop (2)
x. Criminal Procedure Adjudication (3)
xi. Criminal Prosecution & Defense Lawyering (2)
xii. Environmental Litigation & Policy (2)
xiii. Federal Courts (3)
xiv. Florida Civil Procedure (3)
xv. Florida Criminal Procedure
xvi. Immigration Law (3)
xvii. International Arbitration

1.       Advanced Topics in Arbitration:  Theory (1)
2.       Advanced Topics in Arbitration:  Publication (1)
3.       Advanced Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration (1, Skills)
4.       Arbitral Institutions in a Changing and Challenging World (1)
5.       Arbitrating Cultural Heritage Disputes (1)
6.       Complex International Negotiations (1, Skills) 
7.       Drafting Complex Arbitration Clauses (1, Skills)
8.       Forensics of Advocacy in International Arbitration I (2, Skills)
9.       Forensics of Advocacy in International Arbitration II (2, Skills)
10.   ICSID Practice and Procedure (1)
11.   International Arbitration and European Union Law (1)
12.   International Arbitration and the New York Convention (1)
13.   International Arbitration in Latin America & the Caribbean (1)
14.   International Dispute Resolution and the New Economy (1)
15.   International Investment Agreements (1)
16.   International Law of State Responsibility (1)
17.   International Sports Arbitration (1)
18.   Investment Arbitration (1)
19.   Maritime Arbitration (1)
20.   The Law of International Treaties (1)
21.   Transnational Litigation & International Arbitration with a European Nexus (1)

xviii. International Criminal Law (3)
xix. Mediation (2)*
xx. Negotiation (3)*
xxi. Negotiation Skills (1)
xxii. Professional Liability and Legal Malpractice (2)
xxiii. Securities Enforcement & Litigation (2)
xxiv. Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies (2)

Total Credit Requirements: 28 

*Courses listed in more than one category cannot be counted as meeting both requirements.

For Information

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration is open to all Miami Law students. Students interested in enrolling will be required to express their initial and continuing interest by attending two Mandatory meetings, one each in the fall of the student’s second and third year at Miami Law.

Professor Sergio Campos - Director