Miami Law Seven Semester Joint J.D./LL.M. in Ocean & Coastal Law

Seven Semester Joint J.D./LL.M. in Ocean & Coastal Law

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For J.D. students interested in delving deeper into an area of law, obtaining an LL.M. in Ocean and Coastal Law is a way to gain a decided advantage.

The Ocean and Coastal LL.M. prepares students in the domestic and international legal problems associated with the use and protection of the marine environment. Along with our outstanding faculty, the city of Miami is an ideal location for our students to explore this area of law. This option not only provides specialization, but also saves time and tuition money over earning the degrees separately.


  • Students can apply to the Ocean and Coastal Law LL.M during the fall semester of their second year.
  • The Seven Semester Joint J.D./LL.M. is for admitted J.D. students who have earned a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 in their first year of law school.
  • The Office of International Graduate Law Programs offers the Seven Semester Joint J.D./LL.M. for admitted J.D. students who have earned a minimum G.P.A. of 3.00 in their first year of law school.
  • J.D./LL.M. Candidates must complete 100 credits with a cumulative average of "B" (3.0/4.0) or better.
  • The 100 credits are to include 24 credits with a significant component of international and/or comparative law; all academic and distributional requirements for the J.D. degree; all of the required courses for the LL.M Program in Ocean and Coastal Law; elective courses approved by the Director of the program, Professor Bernard H. Oxman who is widely recognized as a leading authority on the Law of the Sea and other international law topics.
  • There is also a required paper meeting the criteria for the J.D. writing requirement on a topic of international law approved by the program chair.

Checklist to apply

1. Application Form: Please submit a completed application form. Students may only apply through paper form. Paper applications and any supporting documents should be dropped off directly to the Office of International Graduate Law Programs, Room A316.

2. Statement of Purpose: Submit a statement of purpose of approximately 500 words. Please address your academic and professional background, your professional goals, specific areas of interest, and other matters which you think are of importance. The statement of purpose is to be prepared by you without any outside help and is to contain a statement to that effect. We recommend that you summarize your professional background in a résumé or curriculum vitae submitted separately.

3. Miami Law School Transcripts: An official transcript should be requested from the Registrar's Office and dropped off at the Office of International Graduate Law Programs, A316.

4. One Letter of Recommendation: One letter of recommendation preferably from a Miami Law professor stating in detail his/her opinion of your qualifications for graduate law study.

5. Please note the $50 application fee is waived for UM J.D. students.

For more information

Students interested in these joint degree programs should visit the School of Law's International Graduate Law Programs' website, call 305-284-5402, or e-mail


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For joint Master's and Doctoral degrees*, please contact Sandra Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Programs and Initiatives.

Phone: 305-284-4030

* For additional information on joint JD/LLM programs, please see respective program pages for contact information.