“I gained a valuable glimpse into what working as an attorney here in the U.S. entails. The International Arbitration Practicum here at the University of Miami School of Law has broadened my career aspirations and I can now see myself possibly working in private practice in the future.” (commenting on her practicum experience with the law firm of Shutts & Bowen)
Tanya Shankar (Australia), LL.M. in International Arbitration ‘17
International Arbitration Institute Scholarship Recipient, 2016-17
Of-counsel, Shutts & Bowen, Miami, Florida
Application Deadlines: Fall & Spring Admissions Options
Applications for admission and scholarships to the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program are considered on a rolling basis, with a Fall (August) admission priority deadline of February 15. Interested students are encouraged to apply even after the priority deadline of February 15. Applications for admission are accepted until the beginning of program studies in August and January, and scholarships may still be available at a later time.
At the discretion of the Program Director, Spring admissions may be permitted. Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee as soon as all required documents are received. It is to the applicant's advantage to submit the application and all required documents as soon as possible for consideration.
Current Miami Law J.D. students applying to the Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Arbitration apply by clicking here.
Each year, several scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants to the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program on the basis of skills and achievements. Applications for admissions and scholarships will be considered on a rolling basis. (Click here or on the image to view a chat on the Young ICCA scholarship and the International Arbitration Program.)
Cost of attendance information for international LL.M. students (F-1/J-1 visa) can be accessed here.
Cost of attendance information for domestic LL.M. students can be accessed here.
Please read this checklist carefully before submitting an application. The Application Checklist explains which documents are necessary to complete an application. Please follow the steps below to ensure that the application is complete. For questions, please do not hesitate to contact our International Arbitration LL.M. Program Coordinator Arlene Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Application Form (2 options): There are two different ways to submit an application:
i. Electronically: Use Miami Law’s Online Application System (click here). This option allows an applicant to work on an application, save their progress, and continue working at their convenience until submission.
ii. Through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). 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. This service will save time and money especially if an applicant intends to apply to a number of U.S. or Canadian schools. For a registration fee of $185.00, plus individual law school report fees, LSAC will collect and distribute your university records and TOEFL score(s) if required. For additional information about this service, see https://llm.lsac.org/llm/logon/introduction.aspx.
2. Application Fee
If applying through Miami Law’s Online Application System, a $50.00 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. If paying by money order or check, please print and sign the Verification Form during the online application process and mail it to the University of Miami School of Law, Office of Graduate and J.D. Admissions at Gables One, P.O. Box 248087, Miami, FL 33124-8087, USA. Please note separate registration and report fees apply for using the LSAC service.
The application fee is non-refundable, and will not be credited toward tuition or any other account in the event of admission.
3. Statement of Purpose and Resume
Submit a personal statement of approximately 500 words in English through Miami Law’s Online Application System, LSAC or via email to email@example.com. Applicants should address their own academic and professional background, professional goals, specific interest in the study and practice of international arbitration, and other matters, which are of importance. The personal statement is to be prepared by the applicant without any outside help and is to contain a statement to that effect. It is recommended that an applicant also summarizes his or her professional background in a resume or curriculum vitae submitted separately.
4. Undergraduate and Law School Transcripts and Notarized Copy of Diplomas
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 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, and diploma submitted.
All documents not in English either 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. The LSAC Credential Assembly Service is also accepted but not required. If transcripts are sent through LSAC, upon admission international students will need to furnish original transcripts and certified diplomas according to the requirements above.
5. Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report and LSAT Score
This is a requirement for U.S. law graduates ONLY. Arrange for a copy of one’s CAS report, which includes the 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.
6. English-Language Proficiency Test
Applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit results of an English-language proficiency test. The TOEFL and the Academic IELTS are the only tests accepted. Minimum required TOEFL score for admission: 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based and 92 internet-based. Minimum required Academic IELTS score for admission: 7.0. The TOEFL School Code is B990 and the Department Code is 03. If an applicant has taken the TOEFL or Academic IELTS already, an official score report needs 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. To receive information concerning the TOEFL, please visit http://www.ets.org/toefl; for information on the Academic IELTS, please visit https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/two-types-of-ielts-test.
Waiver: 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 bachelors degree or higher from another accredited institution where English is the primary language, or taught entirely in English. To apply for a waiver, please send pertinent documentation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Intensive Legal English"
Intensive Legal English + LL.M. in International Arbitration
An applicant may apply for the LL.M. program even if he or she has not yet achieved the required minimum TOEFL or Academic IELTS score. Depending upon one's score, Miami Law may require or recommend enrolling in an Intensive Legal English course offered at the University of Miami during the Spring or Summer semester immediately preceding the LL.M. Program, or during the student’s first semester in the LL.M. Program.
The newest feature of Miami Law’s LL.M. offerings is a three-semester program, designed for foreign-trained law graduates who did not achieve the minimum required TOEFL or Academic IELTS score, and who need to improve their English proficiency before embarking on studying for their LL.M. in International Arbitration or any of the other specializations offered at Miami Law. The Intensive Legal English program starts in the Spring (January) semester, and applicants should submit their completed application by the priority deadline of November 1 of the previous year. During the first semester, students focus on achieving the English-language and communication skills necessary to be successful in the LL.M. program. Students take courses in:
- Oral Communication;
- English for Law;
- Introduction to Legal Communication and Writing; and
- Research Skills.
After successful completion of their first semester, students then join the incoming International Arbitration LL.M. class in the Fall semester and proceed with the regular course of studies without having to re-take the TOEFL or Academic IELTS test.
7. Two Letters of Recommendation
Obtain two letters of recommendation from two law school professors, stating in detail their opinion of an applicant’s qualifications for graduate law study in the International Arbitration LL.M. Program. Attorneys in practice 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. Letters of recommendation can be submitted through Miami Law’s Online Application System, LSAC or via email to email@example.com.