Courses and Requirements: U.S. & Transnational Law LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

"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. they earned their law degree and those of their classmates and colleagues. Students must complete 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.30/4.00 in order to receive the Masters of Law in International Law degree with specialization in U.S. Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers. Many students pursue different paths in reaching this goal.

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.

Required Courses

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
  • Research

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:

  1. Professional Responsibility;
  2. Research;
  3. Introduction to US Law and
  4. 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 Investment and Negotiations
International Business Transactions
International Economic Law
International Sales
International Tax

International Law Courses

International Law
International Human Rights
International Copyright
International Moot Court
International Criminal Law

Dispute Resolution Courses

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mediation Workshop
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar
ADR Design Systems
International Sports Law

Immigration Courses

Immigration Law
Immigration Strategy and Removal Defense
Advanced Immigration Seminar
Citizenship Seminar

Maritime Law Courses

Law of the Sea
Coastal Law
Environmental Law
Marine Insurance 
Marine Ecology & Law 
Maritime Personal Injury

Courses Taught in Spanish

Miami Law does offer several courses in Spanish.
These courses are intended for law students who are bilingual and will benefit from the practical use of the language in a legal setting.
We encourage native Spanish speakers to only take courses taught in English to maximize their exposure and technical knowledge of legal English.

For a full listing of upcoming courses, visit the law school course catalogue on CourseLink.

Study Tracks

The International Law LL.M. allows students enrolled in the U.S and Transnational Law specialization to hone their specific interest with a choice of two tracks:  the Experiential Learning Track and the Academic Track.  
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
(1) a pre-approved placement in the International Law LL.M. Practicum Program or, (2) Miami Law's Career Development Office Externship Program, or, (3) through a placement that a student secured him/herself and that can be converted into a practicum or field placement. Practicum/externship placements are part-time and range from 1-3 credits (i.e. 40-120 placement hours per semester).  As part of the practicum/externship program, students are required to attend a number of on-campus lectures. Students participating in the International Law LL.M. Practicum or Externship Programs will be enrolled in the corresponding academic for-credit course (i.e. LL.M. Practicum I or II, Externship I, II or III) during the semester of their placement.  
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. who are on the Academic Track can fulfill all graduation requirements by taking general, writing or skills courses and are not required to complete hands-on training experiences in a workplace.  
Selection Process:  Students must choose a track upon enrollment in the LL.M. Program.  Students may change their selection up until the relevant deadline in their second semester of studies (Feb. 15 for Spring, Oct. 15 for Fall). 
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. degree through the LL.M. Practicum/Externship.
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.


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