J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in Maritime Law

The contacts I have made in the maritime law field can be attributed to the guidance and support I have received from UM’s faculty, and of course being situated in Miami."
Danielle Gauer, J.D./LL.M., Maritime Law
Associate Attorney,  Manning Gross + Massenburg LLP
University of Ottawa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Studying a Joint Degree

What is the advantage of a joint J.D./LL.M. degree?
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.

Can a student receive Advanced Standing Credit for a foreign law degree? 
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.

How will receiving Advanced Standing Credit be applied towards the joint J.D./LL.M. program? 
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.

Application Requirements for Admission to the J.D. Program

Current Maritime 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. It is strongly recommended that LL.M. students considering applying to the Joint J.D./LL.M. program take at least one first-year law course or one basic U.S. law course during each semester of their LL.M. studies, such as:

Administrative Law
Business Associations
Commercial Law
Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Criminal Procedure
Family Law
Substantive Criminal Law
Trust & Estates
U.S. Income Tax Law

Having completed one semester towards the LL.M., students admitted to the Joint J.D./LL.M. in Maritime Law will enroll in J.D. courses in their second semester.

For More Information

Current LL.M. students interested in enrolling in a Joint J.D./LL.M. program in Maritime Law may contact intl-llm@law.miami.edu.