"Thanks to my LL.M at UM I had the opportunity to meet incredible people from all around the world. It opened the door to a great professional network."
Rita Chertorivski, LL.M. '13, University of Miami School of Law
Mexican University, Ibero-American University
Director of Business and Legal Affairs, NBC Universal Group, Telemundo
In the program, students engage in a comparative study of the U.S.
Most students will take an additional two courses in the fall semester and four courses in the spring semester. Students must have 24 credits to graduate, and the exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course. Students studying on less than a full time basis should begin with the two required courses in the fall semester.
These courses are intended to give a foundation in American common law doctrine as well as the approach to written analysis in this system.
- Introduction to U.S. Law (this requirement may also be satisfied with Constitutional Law
U.S. Law Courses
Some students are particularly interested in taking courses that will introduce them to the American Legal System. One approach would be to register for some of the first year required courses for J.D. . First year students at UM are required to take: Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property Law, Constitutional Law I, and Criminal Procedure.
In addition, many of our foreign students will take upper-level courses such as Business Associations and those that relate to individual, long-term professional interests.
New York Bar Subjects
In addition, a Master of Laws allows foreign trained attorneys to sit for the Bar Exam in several states, the most common being New York. With the New York Bar, students can practice Federal Law in any of the 50 states and serve as Corporate Counsel within a corporation. Foreign law graduates wishing to pursue the NY Bar exam upon completion of the LL.M. , should consult the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.
For LL.M. New York Bar, required coursework at Miami Law would include:
- Professional Responsibility;
- Introduction to US Law and
- A minimum of six hours in other course subjects tested on the New York State Bar Examination. Courses include: Business Associations, Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Conflict of Laws, U.S. Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure Adjudication, Substantive Criminal Law, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Real Estate Transactions Workshop, Torts, Trusts & Estates, Commercial Law I
Many students are most interested in our varied international and comparative law courses. Listed below are popular choices from past years, as well as some new course offerings. For a full listing of upcoming courses, visit the law school course catalogue on CourseLink.
Other International and Comparative Law Courses
International Business and Trade Courses
Doing Business in Latin America
International Law Courses
Dispute Resolution Courses
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Maritime Law Courses
Law of the Sea
Courses Taught in Spanish
Miami Law does offer several courses in Spanish.
The International Law LL.M.
Experiential Learning Track: Students who are on the Experiential Learning Track are required to complete one supervised, hands-on training experience in a workplace related to their area of study through
Students on the Experiential Learning Track who are unable to secure a practicum or placement despite diligent efforts on their part may in exceptional circumstances fulfill this requirement by taking additional hands-on lawyering skills courses.
Academic Track: Students in the International Law LL.M.
Selection Process: Students must choose a track upon enrollment in the LL.M. Program. Students may change their selection up until the relevant deadline
Graduation Requirements: The LL.M. Practicum/Externship counts towards the overall number of required credits for the International Law LL.M. Moreover, students in the International J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program may earn Skills credit required for the J.D.
CPT Requirement for Students on an F-1 Visa Only: International students in F-1 status are required to obtain authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to engaging in paid or unpaid practical training.