Application Process and Deadlines
Applications for admission and scholarships are considered on a rolling basis for a Fall (August) or Spring (January) program start. Applications are accepted until the beginning of program studies in August and January respectively. However, international students who will need to enter the U.S. on a student visa, should apply at least three months prior to their intended program start, as additional time is needed for visa application and processing.
For a Fall (August) start only, applicants are encouraged to submit their complete LL.M. application by our priority deadline of December 15 of the year preceding their intended program start date. Students may submit their applications even after the priority deadline of December 15 has passed; admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis until program spaces are filled, and scholarships may still be available at a later time. Because of our rolling admissions system, it is to your advantage to complete your application as early as possible in the application cycle. The application cycle for Spring (January) and Fall (August) 2021 will open in September 2020. Please note that applications will not be reviewed until all required documentation has been received. Decisions will be rendered on a rolling basis as soon as possible.
Information for Intensive English + LL.M. Joint Degree
Going back to law school in a foreign country – and in a foreign language – can be challenging. Miami Law’s Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. Program will provide you with the tools you need to succeed in your legal education and career in the field of international arbitration. Applicants to Miami Law’s Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. Program should follow the general application procedure for the International Arbitration LL.M. Program, selecting “Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M.” as the preferred study option in the application form.
Information for J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree
Miami Law J.D. and LL.M. students have the opportunity to apply to the Joint J.D./LL.M. Program in International Arbitration. The Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration offers the opportunity to earn both degrees at once, saving both time and tuition expense. Current Miami Law J.D. students applying to the Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration should follow special application instructions listed here.
Learn more about our scholarships and the application process by watching this video of our Fall 2020 Online Information Chat led by Director Sandra Friedrich.
“Miami Law’s International Arbitration LL.M. has equipped me with International Arbitration skills and provided a practical experience through lectures, workshops, seminars, and attending arbitration conferences. What is unique about the LL.M. Program is that it provides close interactions with renowned professors and practitioners, something I had not experienced before. I definitely would advise anyone considering an LL.M. in International Arbitration to choose Miami Law. It is an all-rounded program, with the best professors, recognized for its exceptional student diversity ratio, and a high success rate of its alumni all over the world."
Victoria Kigen (Kenya)
LL.M. International Arbitration '17
Case Counsel, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, Nairobi, Kenya
The Application Checklist explains in detail which documents are necessary to complete an application. Please read carefully before applying and follow the below instructions to ensure your application is complete. For questions, please do not hesitate to contact our International Arbitration LL.M. Program Coordinator Arlene Buchanan at email@example.com.
1. Application Form
There are two different ways to submit an application:
i. Through Miami Law's Online Application System. This option allows applicants to work on their application in electronic format, save their progress, and continue working at their convenience until submission.
ii. Through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Prospective students applying to several U.S. and Canadian graduate law programs are recommended, but not required, to register with LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (LL.M. CAS). This service may be convenient for applicants who intend to apply to a number of law schools, as LSAC will collect and distribute your university records and TOEFL/IELTS score(s).
2. Application Fee
If applying through Miami Law’s Online Application System, a $50 application fee is required, which may be paid by credit card through the online application, money order or check drawn on a bank in the United States payable to the University of Miami. Please note separate registration and report fees apply for using LSAC's LL.M. CAS service, in addition to the regular application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and will not be credited toward tuition or any other account in the event of admission.
3. Personal Statement
Applicants must submit a personal statement of approximately 500 words in English through Miami Law’s Online Application System or LSAC or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants should address their own academic and professional background, professional goals, specific interest in the study and practice of international arbitration, and other matters they deem of importance. The personal statement must be prepared by the applicant without any outside help and should contain a statement to that effect.
Applicants also must summarize their academic and professional background in a resume or curriculum vitae and submit it thorugh Miami Law's Online Application System or LSAC or via email to email@example.com.
5. Undergraduate and Law School Transcripts and Notarized Copy of University Diplomas
Applicants must arrange for official transcripts from all undergraduate universities and law schools attended (whether in the United States or abroad) to be mailed by the institution directly to the Office of Graduate and J.D. Admissions at Gables One, P.O. Box 248087, Coral Gables, FL 33124, USA. Applicants also must send copies of all undergraduate and law school diplomas to the same address. Copies of diplomas must be notarized or certified as true and accurate by the issuing institution. All documents not in English must be translated into English by an approved translation service of the American Translators Association, or the English translation must be certified as complete and accurate by the issuing institution. Applicants should mail the translations to the address above. Submission of transcripts and diplomas through LSAC's LL.M. CAS is also accepted but not required. If transcripts and diplomas are submitted through LSAC, upon admission, students will need to furnish original transcripts and certified diplomas according to the requirements above.
6. For J.D. Graduates ONLY: Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report and LSAT Score
Applicants who graduated with a J.D. from a U.S. law school must arrange for a copy of their LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report, which includes their LSAT score, to be sent directly to the University of Miami School of Law, Office of Graduate and J.D. Admissions, at Gables One, P.O. Box 248087, Miami, FL 33124, USA.
7. English-Language Proficiency Test
Applicants whose native language is not English must submit results of an English-language proficiency test. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Acadaemic Test are accepted.
- TOEFL: The minimum required TOEFL score for admission: 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based and 92 internet-based. The University of Miami School Code is B990, and the Department Code is 03.
- IELTS: The minimum required Academic IELTS score for admission: 7.0.
Applicants must arrange for their official TOEFL or IELTS score reports to be sent directly to the University of Miami School of Law, Office of Graduate and J.D. Admissions, at Gables One, P.O. Box 248087, Miami, FL 33124, USA.
Submission of TOEFL/IELTS scores through LSAC's LL.M. CAS is also accepted, but not required.
Prospective students may apply for admission and scholarships to the International Arbitration LL.M. program even if they have not yet taken the TOEFL or Academic IELTS. Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports must then be provided as soon as available to finalize the application process.
For applicants who did not achieve the minimum required TOEFL or Academic IELTS score, Miami Law may recommend or require enrolling in an Intensive Legal English course designed for foreign-trained law graduates who need to improve their English proficiency before embarking on studying for their LL.M. in International Arbitration. Depending on their TOEFL or Academic IELTS score, students may enroll in Intensive Legal English courses at Miami Law during the Spring, Summer and Fall semester immediately preceding the LL.M. program start, or concurrently during the student's first semester in the LL.M. program. Learn more about Miami Law's Intensive Legal English + LL.M. in International Arbitration program here.
Waivers of the English-language proficiency test requirement will be considered in situations where the applicant can present other evidence of English capability, such as a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in a location where English is the primary language or where courses were taught entirely in English. To apply for a waiver, please send pertinent documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Two Letters of Recommendation
Applicants must obtain two letters of recommendation from law school professors, stating in detail their opinion of the applicant’s qualifications for graduate law study in the International Arbitration LL.M. Program. Applicants who have practiced law for more than two years may submit one letter of recommendation from an employer or colleague; the other letter of recommendation should be from a law school professor if possible. Letters of recommendation can be submitted through Miami Law’s Online Application System, LSAC or via email to email@example.com.
Cost of Attendance & Scholarship Information
Cost of attendance information for international LL.M. students not receiving U.S. federal funding, including students on F-1 or J-1 visas, and for domestic LL.M. students can be accessed here.
Each year, several scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants for the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program based on academic and professional skills and achievements.
Learn more about our scholarships, application process and program features by watching this video of our Fall 2020 Online Information Chat led by Director Sandra Friedrich. For questions about the International Arbitration LL.M. Program or any of the study options, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.