"A good LL.M. 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 LL.M. 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, students have the opportunity to participate in our International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum program to complete a legal externship with prominent international arbitration firms and institutions in Miami and beyond 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 courses include introductory courses on Basic Concepts in International Arbitration and the New York Convention, 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 Francis Vasquez (1 credit)
International Arbitration and the New York Convention, Albert Jan Van Den Berg & Niuscha Bassir (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 where students research and develop cutting-edge international arbitration topics, courses on specific sectors of international arbitration, such as investment arbitration, as well as courses on international arbitration in specific geographical regions, such as the United States, Latin America and Europe.
Advanced Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration, Samuel Stern (1 credit )
Advanced Topics In Arbitration: Theory, Professor Jonathan C. Hamilton (1 credit)
Arbitration of Cultural Property Disputes, Alessandro Chechi (1 credit)
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 I & II, Professor Sandra Friedrich (1-2 credits, Skills)
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar: A United States Perspective, Professor John H. Rooney, Jr. (2 credits, Writing)
The Law of International Treaties, Professor Rudolf Dolzer (1 credit)
Maritime Arbitration, John Kimball (1 credit)
Advanced Arbitration Seminar, Professor Jan Paulsson (2 credits, Writing)
Advanced Topics in Arbitration: Publication, Professor Jonathan C. Hamilton (1 credit)
Arbitral Institutions in Changing and Challenging World, Professor Nassib Ziadé (1 credit)
Complex International Negotiations, Professor Jonathan C. Hamilton (1 credit)
ICSID Practice and Procedure, Meg Kinnear (1 credit) (Co-listed with Investment Arbitration)
International Arbitration and European Union Law, George Bermann (1 credit)
International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum I & II, Professor Sandra Friedrich (1-2 credits, Skills)
International Business Transactions, Professor John H. Rooney (3 credits)
International Investment Agreements, Professor Rudolf Dolzer (1 credit)
International Law of State Responsibility, (2 credits)
Investment Arbitration, Professor Carolyn Lamm (1 credit)
Transnational Litigation and International Arbitration with a European Nexus, Professor Sandra Friedrich (1 credit)
*We continue to further develop our international arbitration curriculum. Therefore, course offerings may change in future semesters.
III. International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum
The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program allows students to hone their specific interest with a choice of two tracks: the Academic Track and the Experiential Learning Track.
Selection Process: Students must choose a track upon enrollment in the White & Case International Arbitration 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 IA LL.M. Practicum/Externship counts towards the overall number of required credits for the International Arbitration LL.M. degree (24 credits) and also qualifies as IA elective credit. Moreover, students in the International Arbitration J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program may earn Skills credit required for the J.D. degree through the IA 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.
Practicum Academic Track Requirements
Students in the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program who are on the Academic Track are required to complete one supervised, hands-on training experience in a workplace related to international arbitration and dispute resolution as well as the broader international business law field through (1) a pre-approved placement in the International Arbitration 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 externship field placement. Practicum/externship placements are part-time and range from 1-3 credits (i.e. 40-120 placement hours per semester). IA LL.M. Practicum placements are for the duration of one semester and usually are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters; in exceptional circumstances placements also may be available in Summer. As part of the practicum/externship program, students are required to attend a number of on-campus lectures pertinent of international arbitration and transnational litigation. Students participating in the IA 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 Academic Track who are unable to secure a practicum or externship placement despite diligent efforts on their part may in exceptional circumstances fulfill this requirement by taking additional hand-on lawyering skills courses in the International Arbitration LL.M. Program, which cover various practical aspects of international commercial and investment arbitration proceedings.
Practicum Experiential Learning Track Requirements
Students in the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program who are on the Experiential Learning Track are required to complete two supervised, hands-on training experiences in a workplace related to international arbitration and dispute resolution as well as the broader international business law field. through (1) a pre-approved placement in the International Arbitration 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 externship field placement. IA LL.M. Practicum/Externship placements are part-time and range from 1-3 credits (i.e. 40-120 placement hours per semester). Placements are for the duration of one semester and usually are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters; in exceptional circumstances placements also may be available in Summer. As part of the IA LL.M. Practicum/Externship Program, students are required to attend a number of on-campus lectures pertinent of international arbitration and transnational litigation. Students participating in the IA LL.M. Practicum or Externship Programs will be enrolled in the corresponding course (i.e. LL.M. Practicum I or II, Externship I, II or III) during the semester of their placement. Only one IA LL.M. Practicum/Externship placement is permitted per semester, and students may not repeat a placement with the same participating firm/institution in a subsequent semester.
“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 International Arbitration LL.M.
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, Judge Rosemary Barkett (2 credits)
Legal Communication I, Professor Renee Schimkat (2 credits)
Legal Communication II, Professor Renee Schimkat (2 credits)
V. Other Relevant and Cutting-edge Courses
Miami Law has attractive offerings for U.S. and foreign-trained lawyers 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 course offerings include:
- ADR Design Systems (2 credits, Skills)
- Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits, Skills)
- Conflict of Laws (3 credits)
- Cross-cultural Mediation (2 credits, Skills)
- Dispute Resolution in Latin America (3 credits)
- Doing Business in Latin America (2 credits)
- Doing Business in Latin America Workshop (2 credits)
- International and Comparative Media Law (3 credits)
- International Anti-Corruption Law and Practice (2 credits)
- International Business Transactions (3 credits)
- International Business Law Seminar (2 credits, Writing)
- 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 American Contracts (2 credits)
- Law of the Sea (3 credits)
- Litigation Skills (6 credits, Skills)
- Mediation Advocacy (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 transfer to the J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in International Arbitration, and 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 for Lawyers.
Lastly, Miami Law offers a number of cutting-edge law courses on current issues, including:
- Blockchain Technology and Business Strategies (1 credit)
- Climate Change Law and Policy (2 credits)
- Craft Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis: Regulatory and Transactional Considerations for Industry and Investors (1 credit)
- Digital Currency and Blockchain Regulation (1 credit)
- Emotional Intelligence (3 credits)
- Fake News: Media Law in the Age of Trump (3 credits)
- Fashion Law (2 credits)
- Law Without Walls and LWOWX (3 credits)
- Mindfulness in Law (2 credits)
- Programming for Lawyers (3 credits)
- Social Media and the Law (2 credits)
- Space Law: Regulating and Incentivizing Private Commercial Activities in Outer Space (1 credit)
- Video Game Law (1 credit)
- Vimeo, Twitter and YouTube: Online Liability and Net Neutrality (1 credit)
For a full listing of upcoming courses, visit Miami Law’s course catalogue on CourseLink.