LL.M. in International Law: General or Inter-American Specialization

Inter-American Law

LL.M. in International Law: Two Choices of Specializations

  1. LL.M. in International Law: General
    • Ideally for American law graduates looking to deepen their knowledge of International Law.
  2. LL.M. in International Law: Inter-American 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.

 


 

1. LL.M. in International Law: General

Today’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
Protection of Human Rights.

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

REQUIRED COURSES

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

ELECTIVE COURSES

 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.

Snapshot

Begin taking LL.M. courses:

Second or Third Year

Shortest completion time:

6 semesters + 1 summer

J.D. credits required:

76

LL.M. credits required:

24

Number of credits saved:

12

For International LL.M. Students - Timing and Application Requirements for Admission to the J.D. Program: Current International Law LL.M. students should submit an application for admission to the J.D. program during the Fall semester of their LL.M. studies and no later than November 1. It is recommended that students discuss their intention to apply early to the J.D. program with their LL.M. program director early on in their LL.M. studies to make sure their course selection enables them to complete all graduation requirements effectively. Please refer to the J.D. application overview page for further information.A separate admissions committee will review their application and determine eligibility to enter the J.D. program. The admissions committee takes into consideration the nature of, and grade point average in, classes taken by the applicant while enrolled in the LL.M. program.

Miami Law may award up to 29 Advanced Standing Credits towards the J.D. to students for their foreign law studies. The specific number of such credits will be determined at the time of admission to the J.D. based on a review of the applicant’s J.D. application file. When a student enrolls in the Joint J.D./LL.M., then he or she needs only 100 credits (instead of 112) to earn both degrees. If a student receives 29 Advanced Standing Credits towards the J.D., this means that only a total of 71 credits are needed to complete the Joint J.D./LL.M. In most cases, full time students can complete their remaining credits in three semesters after their LL.M. year.

 


 

2. LL.M. in International Law: Inter-American

This degree provides the knowledge and skills needed to represent clients investing or doing business in Latin America and the Caribbean.The program develops specialized knowledge of common law, civil law, and international law. It also offers wide exposure to industries represented throughout the region, such as banking, real estate, hospitality, telecommunications, technology, transportation, energy, entertainment, aviation, retail and insurance.

Why Miami for Inter-American 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.

Work/Network with Local Latin-American Industry Experts: Students are paired with a legal in-house mentor that matches the student’s top of interest for the capstone project in the “Doing Business in Latin America Workshop” course. The student meets and consults with the Mentor periodically throughout the semester for insight on the topic. 

Bar Exam: Foreign-trained graduates of the Inter-American LL.M. Program may sit for the Bar Exam in several states without a J.D. degree, the most common being New York and California.  After being admitted to any bar in the United States, graduates may practice federal law in any of the 50 states or serve as corporate counsel within a corporation anywhere in the United States. 

The Americas Curriculum – “Path to Practice”

The program requires a total of 24 credits completed with a grade point average of 2.3/4.00, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be Inter-American law courses. Many students pursue different paths in reaching this goal as the exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course. 

Practicum in Latin America: Miami Law coordinates with major regional law firms to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a summer practicum in a Latin American country

Courses in Spanish: The law school offers an array of courses that are taught each semester in Spanish, enabling students a unique opportunity to develop their technical language skills as they master contemporary legal concepts. These courses are generally for American law graduates who are bilingual and will benefit from the practical use of the language in a legal setting. 

 Courses: Required and Elective

REQUIRED COURSES

Doing Business in Latin America
Doing Business in Latin America Workshop
International Business Transactions
International Law

An Introduction to U.S. Law *
Legal Communication and Research*

(*Required only for foreign-trained law graduates to provide a foundation in American common law doctrine as well as legal writing and research.)

ELECTIVE COURSES

Students may then choose 7 additional credits from Inter-American law courses. Recently offered electives include:

  • Dispute Resolution in Latin America (in Spanish)
  • Latin American Contracts (in Spanish)
  • International Investments and Negotiations
  • International Trade Law
  • Introduction to Caribbean Law
  • Latin America: Lawyering Across Borders

 

Joint J.D./LL.M.

The Joint J.D./LL.M. in International Law (Inter-American Law) 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.

Snapshot

Begin taking LL.M. courses:

Second or Third Year

Shortest completion time:

6 semesters + 1 summer

J.D. credits required:

76

LL.M. credits required:

24

Number of credits saved:

12

For International LL.M. Students - Timing and Application Requirements for Admission to the J.D. Program: Current International Law LL.M. students should submit an application for admission to the J.D. program during the Fall semester of their LL.M. studies and no later than November 1. It is recommended that students discuss their intention to apply early to the J.D. program with their LL.M. program director early on in their LL.M. studies to make sure their course selection enables them to complete all graduation requirements effectively. Please refer to the J.D. application overview page for further information.A separate admissions committee will review their application and determine eligibility to enter the J.D. program. The admissions committee takes into consideration the nature of, and grade point average in, classes taken by the applicant while enrolled in the LL.M. program.

Miami Law may award up to 29 Advanced Standing Credits towards the J.D. to students for their foreign law studies. The specific number of such credits will be determined at the time of admission to the J.D. based on a review of the applicant’s J.D. application file. When a student enrolls in the Joint J.D./LL.M., then he or she needs only 100 credits (instead of 112) to earn both degrees. If a student receives 29 Advanced Standing Credits towards the J.D., this means that only a total of 71 credits are needed to complete the Joint J.D./LL.M. In most cases, full time students can complete their remaining credits in three semesters after their LL.M. year.

 


 

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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