Miami and its region – South Florida – stand at the crossroads of the Americas, a location that lends students at the School of Law an international perspective; exceptional career-building and externship opportunities in courts, corporations and clinics; and rewarding careers in this exciting environment. No other law school in the nation is located in a region that affords this exceptional mix of diverse perspectives and opportunities. Some statistics*:
-More than 100 countries represented and 100+ languages spoken
-#2 International banking center in the U.S.
-1,000 multi-national companies and #2 for foreign consulates and trade offices in the U.S.
2. Study on a Great Campus with Unbeatable Weather
The University of Miami School of Law is on the 260-acre main campus of one of the largest private research universities in the U.S. with premier graduate schools with which the law school offers 15+ joint degrees including the Frost School of Music, Miller School of Medicine, Rosensteil School of Marine Science and School of Business Administration.
Miami enjoys a tropical climate with summers similar to those of the Caribbean and mostly dry winters in the 60s and 70s. With more than 500 public parks, South Florida is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
3. Experience Coral Gables: A Great Neighborhood for a University
Coral Gables, known as one of Florida's most desirable residential areas and increasingly recognized as an international business center, offers all the benefits of large-city living in a relaxed suburban setting. Its main street, Miracle Mile, is filled with restaurants and shops. Next door to Coral Gables is the Greater Miami area with many distinctive neighborhoods where students live such as South Miami, Dadeland, Coconut Grove, Brickell, the Art Deco inspired South Beach, and "Little Havana."
4. Partake in S. Florida's Emergence as a Hub for Innovation & Business
Did you know in May 2018 The Kauffman Foundation released its Index of Startup Activity, and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area ranked No. 1 among the 40 largest metro areas in the U.S.?
Home to nearly 1,400 corporations, Miami hosts the headquarters for multinational corporations including Disney, Sony, and FedEx; and dozens of headquarters for U.S. companies, including Office Depot, American Airlines, and Hewlett-Packard.
Federal agencies – including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – have offices here. As the largest financial capital in the U.S. after New York City, South Florida has become a leading center of international tax planning, arbitration, and asset management.
5. Join a Collaborative Community
Miami Law is challenging, but it is a collaborative community where students support and look out for each other.
There are student groups for everyone, crossing all areas of interest. Choose from 50+ student organizations to join like-minded peers in societies focused on business, environment, reproductive justice and tax to legal areas of thought such as the Democratic Law Students Association and the Federalist Society.
Affinity groups are also options including Miami Law Women, Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society and OUTLaw.
Our Law School Admissions Specialists are here to help you with any questions you may have. You can reach out to us via email, by filling out our Request Information Form or by visiting us in person during one of our On-Campus Tours.
6. Develop Your Legal Area of Interest
There are a variety of ways to focus your legal studies as you develop specific areas of interest. You can focus your studies with concentrations in Social Justice, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Law and Technology, or Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship Law.
Take advantage of Miami Law's expertise in the following legal areas: Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Healthcare Law, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property(IP), International Law, or Sports & Entertainment Law.
Interdisciplinary study is another way to complement legal studies and Miami Law offers a wide variety of joint degree programs and 25 international exchange options in 40 different countries.
7. Access Hands-On Learning Opportunities
Top local attorneys and alumni serve as adjunct professors and mentors and students have unparalleled opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty, practitioners, and clients via externships and practicums. Lawyers in South Florida practice in numerous courts, including the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the area provides students access to dozens of agencies and courts - state and federal, trial and appellate, bankruptcy, immigration, family and more.
8. Draw Upon Distinguished Faculty
Miami Law has preeminent faculty and visiting professors whose expertise cuts across all areas law. Miami attracts top local, national and international scholars to teach over 300 distinct courses & seminars annually. In addition, Miami calls upon the leading practitioners from across the globe to teach innovative compressed courses in unique legal topics.
With a 9:1 faculty/student ratio, professors mentor students and bring to them their depth of experience as dedicated educators. Many have extensive expertise in business law, criminal law, international law, immigration law, healthcare law, entertainment/sports law, intellectual property law, and human rights law.
9. Participate in Vibrant Culture & Sports
Miami boasts a thriving international arts community with the world-acclaimed City Ballet, International Film Festival, and music venues offering opera and classical to contemporary performances. The City is host to Art Basel – one of the most important art shows in the world – and has the Perez Art Museum as well as many other cultural offerings.
For sports fans, South Florida is home to professional teams for all of the major sports including the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins and Florida Panthers – and certainly not least, Miami Hurricanes sporting events. The University of Miami campus is also replete with culture as home to the Lowe Art Museum and the Beaux Art Festival, Miami's oldest juried fine arts fair.
10. Get the Support You Need
Miami Law wants to see you succeed. There is a reason we have a great graduation rate - students are supported here. There is a 9:1 faculty to student ratio - one of the best in the U.S., and Miami Law professors know your name and are engaged and approachable.
When you arrive you not only get access to the Dean of Students office, but also a variety of advisors each specifically helping with academic guidance, career advising, professional support and personal satisfaction with law school. Miami Law offers a slew of Wellness options including one of the only Mindfulness in Law Programs in the U.S. and an Office of Accessibility and Student Inclusion.