LL.M. in International Law: General

Inter-American LawToday’s legal practice and legal institutions are unavoidably multinational as the world has become more global and countries more interconnected. Legal rules that previously affected domestic matters are now often subject to the laws of numerous jurisdictions, which is why the understanding International Law has become more and more necessary.This specialization provides students with the background necessary to recognize, understand and manage problems arising in the international legal order, including: International Trade, Investment, Business, Environmental Problems, and Protection of Human Rights.

LL.M. in International Law (General)

  • Ideally for American law graduates looking to deepen their knowledge of International Law.
  • For U.S. law graduates and foreign law graduates who wish to specialize in Latin American practice;
  • For experienced attorneys who are practicing, or intend to practice, in or with Latin America and are looking to deepen their expertise;
  • For current Miami Law students looking to focus on this field with a joint degree.

Full-time, Part-time Study
Students may study either specialization on a full-time or part-time basis. For part-time study, the same minimum number of credits is required for the LL.M. degree and must be earned within two years from the initial date of matriculation.

Why Miami for International Law?

Location. Miami is the gateway to Latin America. Not only do many American, European, and Asian companies have their Latin American regional headquarters here, but also the culture of the city lends itself to the learning and practicing of this niche legal area.

As a global hub, Miami and The University of Miami School of Law is an ideal place to studyInternational Law. Studying in Miami, students in the program are exposed to a broad background in public international law (both traditional public law and international economic law), comparative law, and international business transactions.

Courses & Requirements

Students must complete 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.30/4.00 and comply with the LL.M. writing requirement in order to receive the Masters of Law in International Law degree. Many students pursue different paths in reachingthis goal. The exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course. Many students are most interested in our varied international and comparative law courses.

Required Courses & Electives


  • International Law
  • International Economic Law/ International Finance
  • International Business Transactions


 Public International Law

  • Advanced immigration Law
  • Human Rights Clinic
  • Immigration Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Moot Court
  • Law of the Sea

 International Business and Cross Border Transactions

  • Cross Border Transactions
  • Deal Skills: Cross Border Finance Transactions
  • International Anti-Corruption
  • International Bankruptcy
  • International Business Seminar
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Sales
  • International Tax
  • Sovereign Debt
  • Transnational Litigation with European Nexus

 Foreign and Comparative Law

  • Comparative Law
  • Cuba Law and Policy
  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • Doing Business in Latin America Workshop
  • Foreign and International Legal Research
  • Islamic Law
  • Jewish Law and Talmud
  • Latin American Contracts (in Spanish)
  • Spanish for Lawyers


Joint J.D./LL.M.

The Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Law (General) offers the opportunity to earn both degrees at once, saving both time and tuition expense.

For Current J.D. Students - Timing and Application Requirements for Admission to the LL.M. Program: Joint J.D./LL.M. students must earn a combined 100 credits (instead of 112 normally required for a J.D. [88 credits] and LL.M. [24 credits] degree) with a grade point average of 2.3 out of 4.0 to earn both degrees.

When to Apply

Miami Law J.D. students may apply to the LL.M. Program in during fall or spring of their 2L year, but before the end of the spring semester of the second year.


Begin taking LL.M. courses:

Second or Third Year

Shortest completion time:

6 semesters + 1 summer

J.D. credits required:


LL.M. credits required:


Number of credits saved:



Program Leadership

Carmen Perez-Llorca, Director, International Graduate Law Programs & Lecturer in Law

Caroline Bradley, Faculty Chair, International Law (General) & Professor of Law


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