Business Law

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Study at the Intersection of Law and Business

Our one-of-a-kind curriculum focuses on the world’s expanding and converging practice of business law. No matter your interest in business, Miami Law offers 100+ courses and experiences to get you prepared.

Whether your goal is to work in private law firms, banking/financial institutions, corporate compliance, media/broadcast companies, accounting firms, non-profits, or government agencies, we will provide you with a thorough understanding of the intersection of law and business.

At the crossroads of the Americas and as 31st among global cities in terms of business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement, the greater south Florida area offers you rich and wide-ranging opportunities to gain hands-on experience for a business law practice with a global perspective.

pre law business law badgeSome Facts about Miami and Miami Law:

  • 'A' ranking in Business Law Pre-Law Magazine (fall 2021, fall 2020, fall 2019, and fall 2018)
  • 3rd richest city in the U.S. and the 8th richest in the world in terms of purchasing power, according to a 2018 UBS study of 77 world cities
  • 4th-largest economy in the U.S. and the 16th largest in the world
  • #2 most entrepreneurial city in the U.S. with the country's highest startup density - 247.6 startups per 100,000 people - according to 2020 The Kauffman Index 
  • 2nd largest financial capital in the United States with over 1,400 multinational corporations headquartered in South Florida and one of the largest concentrations of international banks in the U.S. 

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Maura Smith“I ended up going to law school and focusing really on a business career after all. I think the most valuable part was the critical thinking to which I was exposed. I would say really that the talent of the faculty made all the difference.” 

Maura Abeln Smith, J.D. ’82 
Former General Counsel 
GE Plastics, Owens Corning, International Paper, and PepsiCo 
Knoxville, TN 


    Advanced Business Taxation 
    Alcohol Beverage Law 
    Banking Law 
    Bankruptcy Law 
    Blockchain Technology and Business Strategy 
    Boilerplate: Standardized Contract Terms 
    Broker-Dealer Regulation 
    Business and Human Rights 
    Business Associations 
    Business Planning Seminar 
    Business in Latin America Workshop 
    Business Litigation 
    Closely Held Businesses 
    Commercial Law: Payment Systems and Negotiable Instruments 
    Commercial Law: Secured Transactions 
    Commercial Law: UCC 
    Compliance Challenges in Emerging Markets 
    Contemporary Law Firm Formation, Innovation, and Management 
    Conservation, Tourism, and Development 
    Corporate Compliance and Social Responsibility 
    Corporate Compliance and Risk Management 
    Corporate Finance for Lawyers 
    Corporate Skills for New Lawyers 
    Corporate Tax 
    Craft Alcohol Beverage and Cannabis 
    Deal Skills: Cross-Border Finance 

    Doing Business in Latin America 
    Employment Discrimination 
    Employment Law 
    Federal Income Tax 
    Financial Accounting for Lawyers 
    Financial Instruments 
    Insurance Law and Policy 
    International Business Transactions 
    Introduction to the Deal 
    Introduction to Business Practices and Drafting of Transaction Documents 
    Intellectual Property for Business Lawyers 
    Labor Law 
    Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney 
    Mindfulness and Motivating Business Compliance with the Law 
    Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Governance, and Sustainability 
    Reorganization in Bankruptcy 
    Securities Fraud Investigations 
    Securities Regulation 
    Statistics for Lawyers 
    Trade Secrets 
    Transactional Drafting and Practice 
    Transactional Lawyering: Deal Skills 
    Transactional Lawyering: Negotiating and Drafting Contracts 
    Transactional Legal Research 
    Urbanism, Capitalism, and Development 
    White Collar Criminal Law 

        Academic Programs and Concentrations

        Litigation Skills Program 
        Transactional Skills Program
        Concentration in the Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT
        Concentration in Business Compliance and Sustainability
        Concentration in International Tax
        Concentration in Taxation of High Net Worth Individuals

        Clinics and Practicums

        Bankruptcy Clinic
        Investor Rights Clinic 
        Startup Clinic  - Certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

        Joint Degrees

        Video: “In looking to make the next step career-wise. Should I take the time and go back to law school or should I peruse my MBA? And one day I said, ‘Well, why not do both’? ...I feel like both of those go hand in hand, you can’t have the business without the law and the law kind of sets the tone for what you can do in the business in terms of policies etc., so I feel like they really work together and that the law tells you what you can do in business.” 
        Shari Munroe, J.D./M.B.A. ‘16 
        Associate Attorney, Liebler Gonzalez & Portuondo 
        Fort Lauderdale, FL 

        J.D./M.B.A. - Business Administration 
        J.D./MAcc. - Accounting
        J.D./M.M. - Music Business and Entertainment Industries 
        J.D./LL.M. - Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law 
        J.D./LL.M. - Estate Planning 
        J.D./LL.M. - Real Estate Development 
        J.D./LL.M. - Tax 
        Triple Degree Programs for Undergraduate Business Majors: J.D./M.B.A. + LL.M. in Estate Planning, Real Estate Development, or Tax

        sherry williams"You will never know when an appropriate opportunity will present itself, and someone will give you the chance to do something new, different and exciting. You have to be open, trust yourself and trust your education, and be confident that you can do the work that needs to be done."
        Sherry Williams, J.D. '95
        Chief Compliance Officer, Strategic Materials, Inc. (North America's largest glass recycler)
        (Former SVP and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Halliburton Company)
        Houston, TX

        International Opportunities

        International Moot Court Program: The only one of its kind in the U.S., Miami Law offers a unique and comprehensive International Moot Court Program in which students travel and compete, in Spanish and English, in competitions around the world. Students advocate the different sides of a case and analyze the problem, identify the legal issues, research the law, write the briefs and orally present it to a tribunal. In essence, the students learn how to litigate a case in front of an international tribunal doing what an attorney does in real life. Past competitions with a business focus have included:

        • Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot 
        • Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition - Frankfurt, Germany
        • La Competición Internacional de Arbitraje y Derecho Mercantil ("Moot Madrid"), Madrid, Spain 
        • La Competencia UBA-Rosario International Commercial Arbitration - Buenos Aires, Argentina
        • The International and European Tax Moot Court Competition - Leuven, Belgium

        International Exchange / Study Programs: We offer a variety of international exchange experiences focusing on business. These include: 

        LawWithoutWalls Program: This program brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice. LawWithoutWalls enables students to collaborate across institutions and countries, gain business, entrepreneurial, investigative research, and team building skills and, more than that, invaluable experience and insight into the world of law and business.

        Extracurricular Opportunities

        Business Law Society
        Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board
        Entertainment and Sports Law Society
        Intellectual Property Law Society
        International Arbitration Society
        Maritime Law Society
        Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Society
        Student Bar Association
        Trial Team

        Business Law Review
        Inter-American Law Review
        International & Comparative Law Review
        University of Miami Law Review

          Externships and Internships**

          Baker McKenzie
          BBC Studios, Latin America/ U.S. Hispanic
          Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
          Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
          Carnival Cruise Lines
          City of Coral Gables, Office of City Attorney
          County Attorney's Office
          Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
          Delaware Court of Chancery 
          Florida Office of the Attorney General (Economic Crimes Division)
          Greenberg Traurig LLP
          Hogan Lovells
          Jones Day
          Liberty Mutual
          Mayer Brown LLP
          Miami Dolphins
          Miami Marlins
          Office Depot
          Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
          Ryder Industries
          Sidley Austin LLP
          Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
          Sony Music
          Ulta Music Festival
          U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
          U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
          Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
          Warner Music Latina

          Faculty Experts

          Bill Blatt is an expert in taxation and legislation.

          Caroline Bradley is an expert in United States securities regulation, international finance, and business associations.

          Bill Bratton is an expert in business and corporate law.

          Melanie Cherdack has experience in complex securities litigation and broker-dealer cases.

          “If a multinational [company] files for bankruptcy, what is the appropriate venue? What happens if you also have arbitration agreements? These are issues that need to be considered in the business world.” 
          Andrew B. Dawson 
          Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs 

          Andrew Dawson is an expert in contracts, bankruptcy and commercial law.

          Kathleen Claussen is an expert in international business and trade law.

          Michele DeStefano teaches a course on law, technology, and innovation, and her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.

          Scott Eichorn is the Associate Director and Practitioner-in-Residence for Miami Law's Investor Rights Clinic.

          Andrew Elmore is an expert in employment and labor law.

          Stephen Halpert teaches in the areas of business associations, business transactions, securities regulation, bankruptcy, creditors' rights and remedies, and insurance.

          Frances R. Hill teaches and writes in the areas of federal income tax.

          Stanley Langbein teaches federal income taxation, international tax, banking law, and commercial law.

          Lili Levi teaches Business Associations, Copyright Law, and Media Law.  She has previously taught International Copyright Law and Defamation and Privacy Law.

          John M. Newman focuses on the economics and regulation of digital markets and platforms, with a particular emphasis on antitrust, contract, and intellectual-property issues.

          Tom Robinson is an expert in taxation, estate planning, and trusts and estates.

          Rob Rosen is an expert in white collar crime.

          Andres Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property.

          Marcia Narine Weldon is an expert in business and corporate law, corporate governance, labor and employment law, compliance, business and human rights, and ESG (environmental, social, and governance).

          (WATCH PROFESSOR WELDON: She discusses why, in her opinion, law students should study Business Associations in your first year.)

          Patricia White is an expert in trusts and estates and tax law.

          William Widen teaches commercial law, contracts, and other business subjects.

          Conferences, Lectures, Centers 

          Bankruptcy Skills Annual Workshop
          Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
          Ralph E. Boyer Institute on Condominium and Cluster Development Law

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          *Course list is not exhaustive and does not set out a path of study.
          **List is not exhaustive and is intended to provide examples of past externships and internships.