"A good LLM program offers its students more than merely sufficient 'knowledge' of a subject to enable them to pass a written examination at the end of the course. 21st century LLM students...also seek training in the skills that a credible practitioner needs in an increasingly specialist world. At University of Miami Law School, Professor Jan Paulsson has designed and put together an innovative LLM course divided between a 'bootcamp', in which he teaches the theory and practice of international arbitration, followed by a series of elective modules led by about half-a-dozen world-class specialists in different seminar and/or 'mock' international arbitration formats."
Professor Martin Hunter, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers
Professor, Presentation of Evidence in International Arbitration
The International Arbitration LL.M. Program comprises nine months of intensive study and training in the field though specialized theoretical and practical international commercial and investment arbitration courses, including basic and advanced lectures, workshops, and seminars, as well as hands-on skills and academic writing courses.
Many of our international arbitration courses are taught in an innovative short-course format, allowing for intensive daily study of the topic during a one/two-week period. Students may choose to focus their studies on international commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration, or learn about both. Moreover, select students may have the opportunity to participate in our International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum program to complete a legal externship with prominent international arbitration firms in Miami during their studies.
The program requires a minimum of 24 credits completed with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.3/4.00, of which 12 credits must be in international arbitration courses. For the remaining credits, students may choose additional arbitration and alternative dispute resolution courses, foundational American law courses, and/or any other courses from Miami Law's vast curriculum of 250+ annual lectures, seminars, workshops, clinics, and externships. Miami Law also offers LL.M. students the opportunity to enroll in preparatory bar exam courses, which cover topics tested on the federal and state portions of the bi-annual U.S. bar exam. Students may pursue a variety of paths to reach their individual study goals.
I. Required International Arbitration Core Concepts and Skills Courses
Students take a certain number of required international arbitration core concept and skills courses during the fall and spring semesters. Required course include introductory courses on Basic Concepts in International Arbitration and the New York Convention, an advanced writing seminar, where students research and develop cutting-edge international arbitration topics, as well a two-semester, simulation of mock arbitration proceedings, covering all practical aspects of an arbitration form the arising of the dispute to the hearing, where students obtain hands-on lawyering skills.
Basic Concepts in International Arbitration, Professor Jan Paulsson (1 credit)
II. Elective International Arbitration Courses
Students also may choose from several elective international arbitration courses during the fall and spring semesters, including hands-on practical training courses, academic writing seminars, courses on specific sectors of international arbitration, such as investment or sports arbitration, as well as courses on international arbitration in specific geographical regions, such as the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Drafting Complex Arbitration Clauses, Professor Sandra Friedrich (1 credit, Skills)
Federal Arbitration Act, Professor Luis O'Naghten (2 credits, Writing)
International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum, Professor Sandra Friedrich (2 credits, Skills)
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar: A United States Perspective, Professor John H. Rooney, Jr. (2 credits, Writing)
International Sports: Basic Concepts of the Legal Framework, Professor Jan Paulsson (1 credit)
Treaty Interpretation and the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Professor Marike Paulsson (1 credit)
UNCITRAL Model Law: Fundamental Concepts and Impact on Latin America, Professor Andrés Jana (1 credit)
Advanced Arbitration Seminar, Professor Jan Paulsson (2 credits, Writing)
Advanced New York Convention Workshop, Professor Marike Paulsson (1 credit)
Complex International Negotiations, Professor Jonathan Hamilton (1 credit)
International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum, Professor Sandra Friedrich (2 credits, Skills)
International Investment Agreements, Professor Rudolph Dolzer (1 credit)
International Law of State Responsibility, Professor Jan Paulsson (2 credits)
Presentation of Evidence in International Arbitration, Professor J. Martin Hunter (1 credit, Skills)
Transnational Litigation and International Arbitration with a European Nexus, Professor Sandra Friedrich (1 credit)
III. International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum
Select students may complete a two-credit legal externship with prominent international arbitration firms in Miami during their studies, which offers the unique opportunity for additional training in the workplace as well as networking. Students in the International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum program must complete a minimum of 80 field hours at an approved practicum placement and will attend a number of on-campus lectures pertinent of international arbitration and transnational litigation. Read: "Students Gain Hands-On Training with Newly Launched International Arbitration Practicum" and "Growth of LL.M. Practicum Broadens Opportunities for International Arbitration Students"
“My practicum at Shutts & Bowen had a substantial influence on my career path. I am very thankful to my program director and coordinator for this priceless opportunity to get hands-on experience by working in the dispute resolution practice in a law firm in Miami. I would definitely recommend this practicum to all students who are interested in getting practical experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution during their studies.”
Madina Lokova (Russia), LL.M. in International Arbitration '17
White & Case/Carolyn Lamm Scholarship Recipient, 2016-17
International Attorney, White & Case, Washington D.C.
IV. Required Courses for Foreign-trained Lawyers
Foreign-trained lawyers are required to take two additional courses during their LL.M. studies at Miami Law. Introduction to U.S. Law as well as Legal Communication. These courses provide foreign-trained lawyers with a foundation in American common law doctrine as well as legal writing and research skills.
For foreign-trained lawyers wishing to sit for the New York Bar Exam, these courses also meet eligibility requirements under Section 520.6 of the Rules of the Court of Appeals for the Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law (22 NYCRR 520.6).
Introduction to U.S. Law, Professor William Widen (2 credits)
Legal Communication I, Professor Renee Schimkat (2 credits)
Legal Communication II, Professor Renee Schimkat (2 credits)
V. Other Relevant Courses
Miami Law has attractive offerings for U.S. and foreign-trained law graduates wishing to study all aspects of international and foreign law. In addition to arbitration-specific course offerings, students may choose from a variety of other courses relevant to the practice of international dispute resolution from Miami Law’s vast general course curriculum, consisting of 250+ annual lectures, seminars, workshops, clinics and externships.
Additional ADR, International and foreign law courses offerings include:
- ADR Design Systems (2 credits, Skills)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits, Skills)
- Conflict of Laws (3 credits)
- Dispute Resolution in Latin America (3 credits)
- Doing Business in Latin America (2 credits)
- International and Comparative Media Law (3 credits)
- International Business Transactions (3 credits)
- International Economic Law (3 credits)
- International Finance (2 credits)
- International Human Rights (3 credits)
- International Law (3 credits)
- International Moot Court (2 credits, Skills & Writing)
- International Sales (3 credits)
- International Tax (3 credits)
- Introduction to U.S. Litigation for Foreign Lawyers (1 credit)
- Investor Rights Clinic (6 credits, Skills or Writing)
- Islamic Legal Systems (2 credits, Writing)
- Latin America Contracts (2 credits)
- Law of Sea (3 credits)
- Litigation Skills (6 credits, Skills)
- Cross-border Mediation (2 credits, Skills)
- Negotiation Skills (1 credit, Skills)
Furthermore, students may enroll in foundational American law courses taught as part of Miami Law's J.D. program, such as Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Contracts or Business Associations, to prepare for a U.S. bar exam, for a transfer to the J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in International Arbitration, or for their future legal practice. In addition, students may enroll in preparatory bar exam courses, which cover topics tested on the federal and (Florida) state portions of the bi-annual bar exam. This is of particular interest to LL.M. students wishing to sit for a U.S. bar exam, for instance the New York or California bar exams, as the federal portion of the bar exam is the same in all states, except Louisiana.
Moreover, Miami Law is unique in its commitment to bilingual and bicultural education and offers law courses taught in Spanish for bilingual students wishing to improve their knowledge of technical, legal Spanish, as well as introductory courses on Spanish on Lawyers.
Throughout their studies, students should take advantage of Miami Law's Academic Achievement Program (AAP), which helps students develop their analytical and examination skills. The program offers Dean's Fellow study groups for all first-year law courses; individual Writing Dean's Fellow support for upper-level writing courses as well as cover letters, resumes, writing samples, etc.; and regular workshops on law school achievement, exam taking skills and bar exam preparation.
For a full listing of upcoming courses, visit Miami Law’s course catalogue on CourseLink.