1) Miami's Strategic Location
Miami is the gateway between the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Many American, European and Asian companies have their Latin American regional headquarters here. Moreover, Miami is home to one of the world's largest privately owned and operated free trade zones, has the third largest U.S. airport for international passengers and is the cruise capital of the world.
Miami also has the second-largest number of foreign banks in the United States, a large representation of foreign consulates, 25 international trade offices, 40 binational chambers of commerce and many non-governmental organizations with headquarters or offices here. Take a virtual tour icon to read more about living in Miami for law school.
2) 60 Years of Experience Focusing on Foreign-Trained Law Students
“While the study of core U.S. law subjects like contracts, torts, civil procedure and constitutional law provided me the building blocks of my U.S. legal career, the focus on international law subjects made my experience at Miami Law feel like a natural progression in a process that had started earlier in a different legal system.”
Horacio Gutierrez, J.D. ‘98
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Derecho (Law) '88
Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Spotify
New York, NY
Since the 1950s, Miami Law has offered LL.M. programs for foreign-trained lawyers making it one of the most established LL.M. programs in the U.S. This gives students access to the real expertise and knowledge of staff. LL.M. programs at Miami Law have always been small and selective to provide a superior experience for both students and faculty. The LL.M. Programs are tailor-made to each student's academic and professional needs. Each LL.M. student creates a course of study that matches his or her career goals.
3) Number of Students Who Prepare to Take U.S. Bar Exam and/or Stay to Do the J.D. (or S.J.D.)
If a foreign-trained law student or lawyer's long-term goal is to teach law or pursue a judicial career in their home countries, Miami Law offers an S.J.D. Program. If a graduate's goal is to practice law in Florida or the U.S, he or she should consider doing a joint LL.M. to J.D transfer program at University of Miami School of Law. Each year a group of University of Miami LL.M. graduates sit for the New York Bar Exam. Unlike other LL.M. programs, the number of foreign lawyers who stay on to do their J.D. is very high for a few reasons:
- They have other LL.M. students who move on with them from the LL.M. to do the J.D. and this creates a supportive group of classmates.
- LL.M./J.D. students work with academic advisors who meet with them and advise them on everything from transferring to the J.D., to choosing the necessary courses to be able to take their desired U.S. Bar Exam.
- International students are comfortable here - being foreign is an advantage with job opportunities in the area.
4) Career Development for International Students
The Career Development Office (CDO) is staffed with nine professional counselors (all of whom are former practicing attorneys). This includes an experienced career advisor exclusively dedicated to foreign-trained law students (pictured advisor Yazmyne Eterovic). The law school also provides career guides specifically for foreign-trained attorneys.
5) Strength of Faculty & International Law Courses
The University of Miami School of Law offers extensive courses in each of the major areas of international and foreign law including courses in Spanish. These courses are intended for law students who are trying to improve their knowledge of technical Spanish.The University of Miami School of Law has one of the largest faculties who teach or do scholarly research in the area of international and foreign law of any American law school.
6) A Nationally and Internationally Ranked Institution
The law school enjoys being part of The University of Miami, a top-ranked university with many highly regarded and ranked graduate programs, and Miami Law students have access to exceptional faculty and campus resources. In fact, Miami Law's LL.M. programs are widely regarded as the nation's best. A few listings include:
- LLM-Guide.com - in 2020 Top 10 Global list for media/entertainment law and sports law; in 2019 Top 10 Global list for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Entertainment and Media Law; also the 15th most popular law school in the U.S. and our preparation in Sports Law in our Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. as one of the best in the world.
- The International Jurist - in its look at 25 top schools for foreign lawyers in 2018 named Miami Law as one of the “hot spots for international law…and a destination for aspiring international lawyers.”
- Pre-Law Magazine - ‘A’ rating for International Law, Pre-Law Magazine Winter 2020; also ranked Miami Law as having one of the best moot court programs of the decade out of all 200 U.S. law schools and in 2018 ranked Miami Law as a top three law school for Hispanic students.
- Billboard Magazine - ranked Miami Law in 2019 and in 2017 as a top school for music law the U.S.
- The Knowledge Review - ranked us one of the 10 Best Law Schools in the U.S. in 2018.
- Cambridge University - included Miami Law as a "Leader in Learning" and one of the most innovative law school's in its recent publication Innovation 800.
- Hispanic Business Magazine - selected the University of Miami School of Law as one of the top ten U.S. law schools for Hispanics for seven consecutive years.
- National Law Journal, the National Jurist and the Daily Business Review - ranked University of Miami Law highly for associate promotions to partner at law firms.
- National Jurist Magazine - ranked Miami Law #3 best school for Hispanic students in Spring 2018.
- The Financial Times - in 2015 and 2016 ranked Miami Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the world.
7) Diverse Student Body - International Students Fit In
The flavor of Miami is well reflected in the school and foreign students have an easy time belonging and being part of the campus and larger community. In a typical year, Miami Law’s international graduate law programs includes about 40 students from 20 or more different countries around the globe, and the law school has graduated over 23,000 alumni who are living and working in more than 90 countries around the world. In 2018 PreLaw Magazine ranked Miami Law as a top three law school for Hispanic students. In addition, the School of Law was cited by Hispanic Business Magazine as a place that promotes and encourages a diverse community where Hispanic students can thrive. In 2014 Hispanic Business Magazine ranked the University of Miami School of Law a top three law school in the United States for Hispanic students based upon its strong international business curriculum with a particular focus on Latin America.
8) Experienced Staff Who Understands International Students
Miami Law faculty and staff can relate to international students from the inside out. This is because a number of people who first came to the U.S. as International Students now work at Miami Law. This includes Caroline Bradley, Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs; Carmen Perez-Llorca, Director of International Graduate Law Programs; Paula Arias, Director of International Moot Court Program; Sandra Friedrich, Director of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program; and Yazmyne Vasquez Eterovic, Associate Director of Career Development and Career Advisor for International LL.M. Students.
9) Research Assistantship Opportunities
Some of LL.M students are selected to serve as research assistants to international Faculty during the academic year.
10) Law Library
The University of Miami School of Law is home to one of the largest legal research libraries in the Southeast United States with an impressive international law collection. The foreign and comparative collection has extensive English, European Union and Latin American materials, including what is generally regarded as the best collection of materials on the Caribbean anywhere. The library has a specific Foreign/International Law Librarian - Bianca Anderson (pictured) - available to assist students with research.