Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M.

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Going back to law school in a foreign country – and in a foreign language – can be challenging. Miami Law’s Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. Program will provide you with the tools you need to succeed in your legal education and career in the field of international arbitration.

Who Should Consider This Study Option?

This three-semester program is designed for international attorneys and law graduates with outstanding legal credentials who need or want to improve their English proficiency before immersing themselves into their International Arbitration LL.M. studies. Students in the Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. study option may also apply to the J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in International Arbitration in the second semester of their studies.

Yulianna Bukovskaya

“The Intensive Legal English Program was very helpful for me, as a non-native English-speaking student. Due to the dedicated professors in the program, my English-language skills have become more advanced in writing, reading and speaking. If students are looking to improve their English-language skills and be prepared for their LL.M. studies, this program is for them. I finished my studies in the International Arbitration LL.M. in spring 2019 and will continue in the J.D./LL.M joint degree program to become a fully-qualified U.S. lawyer."

Yulianna Bukovskaya (Russia)
Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration J.D./LL.M. ‘20

Program Structure & Courses

The Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. Program starts once a year, in the Spring (January) semester. 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 for LL.M.

This course refines oral communication skills of international students in the Intensive Legal English + LL.M. program. Students practice debating, leading and participating in discussions related to the law, and preparing and delivering at least two formal presentations about cases. The course also focuses on role plays involving phone calls, interviews, mediation and negotiation


 Reading and Writing for LL.M.

The course integrates reading comprehension with grammar and writing skill-building activities and assignments. Furthermore, the course provides a variety of reading materials to both expand students’ knowledge of English language legal terminology as well as foundational concepts relevant to the U.S. legal system. Students are introduced to varied writing styles with an emphasis on persuasion, argument, and critical analysis, and they are provided opportunities to meet with their instructor and revise their written work.


After successful completion of their first semester, students will join the incoming International Arbitration LL.M. class in the following semester and proceed with the regular course of studies in the International Arbitration LL.M. without having to re-take an English proficiency test.

Full-time students may complete the Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. Program in three semesters. Part-time options are available. During the second semester in the Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. Program, interested student may apply to the J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in International Arbitration.

All classes throughout the program are taught at the Law School, and students are fully integrated into the Miami Law community. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Law School’s academic networking and social events, including those specific to international arbitration.

 

Adnan Alajaji

“The three-semester Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. program was a turning point in my life. The Intensive Legal English semester prepared me for the LL.M. program. It gave me the ability to deeply absorb the law-specific intricacies of the English language. Professors spared no effort or time to develop their students' abilities. The White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. program that followed the Intensive Legal English semester provided me with an opportunity to take a variety of courses focused on international dispute resolution, both academic and practical in nature, that were taught by very well-recognized international arbitration practitioners from different legal backgrounds.”

Adnan Alajaji (Saudi Arabia)
Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. '18
SACM Scholar
Attorney at Law, Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Hector Fernandez

"I am passionate about Law and I love Miami. So when deciding to go back to School, without hesitation I chose Miami Law, which has almost a century old tradition of excellence and it is renowned across the world. On the other hand, I practice International Arbitration and I knew that the IA LLM was ranked among the top LLM Programs for Alternative Dispute Resolution. My ultimate goal is to be able to practice Law in the US, continue to develop my career as an international arbitrator, and at the same time teach law as I did for years in Venezuela and Colombia. I am sure that this prestigious IA LLM can be a springboard to achieve these goals."

Hector Fernandez (Venezuela)
Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration J.D./LL.M. Candidate ‘22
Practicum Extern, Reed Smith, Miami, Florida

How to Apply

Applicants should follow the general application procedure for the International Arbitration LL.M. Program, selecting “Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M.” as the preferred study option in the application form.

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Ana Carolina Martins Santoro

“I am rerouting in my career after almost twenty years as a litigation and advisory lawyer. Being an experienced lawyer with a focus on traditional ways of solving conflicts is not enough anymore in a globalized market. The Intensive Legal English + LL.M. went beyond my expectations and I could not be happier! It allowed me to become familiar with the American style of legal writing, research, and communication, and it provided me with an incredible opportunity to discover the American student life. On top of all that, I enjoyed the fantastic University of Miami campus.”

Ana Carolina Martins Santoro (Brazil)
Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. ‘20
Associate, GST LLP, Miami, Florida

More Information

Learn more about our scholarships, admissions process and program features by watching this video of our Fall 2020 Online Information Chat led by Director Sandra Friedrich. For questions about the International Arbitration L.L.M. Program or any of these study options, please contact: iallm@law.miami.edu.

CONTACT US

Phone: 305-284-1965
E-mail: iallm@law.miami.edu
Schedule a Virtual Appointment: Click Here Now to Meet with an International Abritration Admissions Team Member



 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

Carolyn Lamm
Carolyn Lamm
 is Distinguished Faculty Chair of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

 

Sandra Friedrich
Sandra Friedrich
 is a Lecturer in Law and the Director of Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

 

Arlene Buchanan
Arlene Buchanan is Senior Program Coordinator of Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

See all Arbitration faculty

 

RELATED NEWS & EVENTS

Arbitration Institute Dedication
The law firm White & Case made a gift to name the International Arbitration LL.M.

See All Arbitration News

See List of International Arbitration Institute Lectures

CONTACT US

Phone: 305-284-1965
E-mail: iallm@law.miami.edu
Schedule a Virtual Appointment: Click Here Now to Meet with an International Abritration Admissions Team Member



 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

Carolyn Lamm
Carolyn Lamm
 is Distinguished Faculty Chair of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

 

Sandra Friedrich
Sandra Friedrich
 is a Lecturer in Law and the Director of Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

 

Arlene Buchanan
Arlene Buchanan is Senior Program Coordinator of Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

See all Arbitration faculty

 

RELATED NEWS & EVENTS

Arbitration Institute Dedication
The law firm White & Case made a gift to name the International Arbitration LL.M.

See All Arbitration News

See List of International Arbitration Institute Lectures