"Miami Law's program has a limited number of students and a limited number of instructors. What this means is, first, that the standards of admission are high and that the students will benefit from working with excellent comrades from around the world, and, secondly, that they have sustained interrelations with their professors, rather than being exposed to a multitude of lecturers who come and go. And we are proud to see our graduates finding excellent positions after graduation."
Professor Jan Paulsson, Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair Emeritus
Through the International Arbitration LL.M. Program, students have the opportunity to:
Participate in International Job Fairs
Foreign-trained International Arbitration LL.M. students may attend the prestigious New York International Student Job Fair, which attracts more than 160 of the leading legal employers from around the world. In addition, Miami Law participates in numerous other job fairs with other law schools and organizations around the country. These programs give students increased access to a broad range of employers to be considered for internships and permanent positions in the United States and abroad and help accommodate employers unable to travel to Miami for on-campus interviewing.
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Pictured: Miami Law LL.M. students attending the New York Job Fair in 2017.
Receive Career Advising Specifically for LL.M. Students
Miami Law’s Career Development Office (CDO) offers comprehensive services and resources to assists students throughout the year with their professional goals. An experienced career advisor exclusively dedicated to students enrolled in the International Arbitration LL.M. Program (pictured advisor Yazmyne Eterovic) assists with their job search and professional development needs, including one-on-one training on networking, resume writing and interviewing skills. Students have access to extensive job search databases and resources on summer and academic-year positions, including international law jobs and fellowships, judicial clerkships and internships,as well as public interest and pro bono positions.
Participate in the International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum Program
Students may have the opportunity to participate in the International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum Program with prominent international arbitration firms in Miami. This study feature allows students to earn two academic credits during their studies and provides a unique opportunity for additional training in the workplace as well as networking.
Work on Arbitration-Related Projects and Initiatives
Students may have the opportunity to work as graduate research assistants or volunteers on arbitration-related projects and initiatives with organizations such as Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute (IAI) or individual Miami Law faculty specializing in international and foreign law, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Young Practitioners’ and Students' Group of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (Young ICCA), and the Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS).
Compete in International Moot Court Competitions
International arbitration moot court competitions allow students to gain practical experience in a mock arbitration setting. This authentic exercise requires students to act as advocates, analyzing and arguing both sides of a hypothetical legal dispute, using procedures modeled after those employed before real-life international arbitration tribunals. Students may participate in English- or Spanish-language competitions focusing on international commercial or investment arbitration during their LL.M. studies through Miami Law's International Moot Court Program. International arbitration moot competitions offered may include:
- The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria;
- The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition (East) in Hong Kong, SAR China;
- The Spanish-language Competición Internacional de Arbitraje y Derecho Mercantil in Madrid, Spain;
- The Spanish-language Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje (venue changes annually);
- The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot (venue changes annually);
- The International Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Frankfurt, Germany; and
- The International Maritime Arbitration Moot.
Publish Papers and Articles
Under the guidance of top-notch faculty, students enrolled in the International Arbitration LL.M. Program work on papers on cutting-edge issues in the field. For instance, the Advanced Arbitration Seminar, taught by Professor Jan Paulsson, and several other international arbitration seminars and workshops on the curriculum challenge students to write papers of genuinely publishable quality.
Students and graduates have published in various U.S. and international law journals and reviews as well as professional blogs with a focus on international dispute resolution, including the Asian Dispute Review, the European Dispute Review, Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) Journal, The Florida Bar’s International Law Section International Law Quarterly, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, Young ICCA Blog, as well as Miami Law’s internationally-oriented law reviews.
In 2016 a Miami Law graduate published an article in the prestigious Journal of International Arbitration. In addition, our 2013 International Arbitration LL.M. graduates published individual articles on various international arbitration topics in Young Scholars in International Arbitration, a collection of essays published by Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute (IAI), which was prepared in conjunction with the 2014 International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress held in Miami.
Attend International Arbitration Networking Events, Site Visits and Luncheons
Students have the opportunity to attend international arbitration conferences, lectures and other networking events with international arbitration practitioners, organized in Miami and beyond by Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute and other international arbitration organizations.
International arbitration conferences taking place in Miami include: the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Miami Conference with more than 600 practitioners from all over the world attending, as well as events organized by the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), Global Arbitration Review (GAR), Latin Lawyer, the Spanish Arbitration Club (CEA), Arbitral Women, the Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS), Future of Arbitration: Miami (FA:M), the Global Pound Conference Series, International Treaty Arbitration (ITA), the ICC’s Young Arbitrators’ Forum (YAF), ICDR’s Young & International, as well as the Florida Bar Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Intra-American Bar Association (IABA), and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).
In addition, the International Arbitration LL.M. Program organizes regular on-campus international arbitration luncheons with practitioners and site visits to leading international arbitration firms and institutions in Miami, which provide additional opportunities for networking.
(Pictured: LL.M. students who attended as volunteers and participants the iLaw 2017 conference on international arbitration organized by the International Law Section of the Florida Bar and the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)).
Get Involved in Professional Arbitration Organizations: MIAS, FA:M, Young ICCA and Others
Students have the opportunity to get involved with professional arbitration organizations on a local and global level:
Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS): The University of Miami School of Law is an institutional member of MIAS. Other members include leading international arbitration firms and institutions. Bi-monthly MIAS membership meetings are open to International Arbitration LL.M. students and feature leading arbitration practitioners as speakers. MIAS promotes the use of international arbitration and mediation and the selection of Miami as the situs for international arbitration proceedings related to the resolution of trans-border commercial and investment disputes. MIAS works to encourage international arbitration in Miami by supporting appropriate legislation, relevant academic programs at area universities, local international arbitration conferences, featuring distinguished practitioners as guest speakers, and providing training and legal updates to its members on the latest developments in international arbitration.
Future of Arbitration: Miami (FA:M): FA:M is South Florida's first young arbitration professionals organization dedicated to promoting international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. FA:M was co-founded by Marike Paulsson in 2010. FA:M organizes various programs, receptions and other social events to help bring young professionals together to network and exchange ideas about international arbitration and dispute resolution. International Arbitration LL.M. Program Director Sandra Friedrich serves on FA:M’s Executive Board.
Young ICCA: Young ICCA is a world-wide arbitration knowledge and skills network for young practitioners, established in 2010. It functions under the auspices of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). Participation in Young ICCA is open to law students, faculty members and young practitioners. It aims to provide students and young professionals interested in dispute resolution with a forum to exchange ideas about international arbitration and with access to each other and to the international arbitration community.
Other international arbitration organizations International Arbitration LL.M. students should get involved with include: International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes' Resolution’s Young & International (ICDR Y&I), International Chamber of Commerce’s Young Arbitrators’ Forum (ICC YAF), London Court of Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), International Centre for Dispute Young ICSID, Spanish Arbitration Club’s Below 40 Group (CEA-40), and Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD).