Setting up Key Services for New Law Students
Updating Personal Information
Students have a continuing obligation to update their records with the Law School. Before you arrive and once you have secured new housing, log into Canelink to check your information. Once you are logged in, follow these steps:
- Under Personal Information: Select Update E-Mail Address to update your preferred email address.
- Select the Green Button labeled Go to Student Center.
- Under Personal Information: Update your Permanent Address (if necessary), Local Address (used for mailing), and Cell Phone number.
- Ensure that your Emergency Contact Information is up to date.
Cane Card (ID Cards)
Your Student ID Card, called a "Cane Card", is used for many purposes around the law school and campus such as checking out library books, and gaining entrance to the Wellness Center. You will also receive student discounts at local vendors by showing your Cane Card. You can receive your Cane Card during Orientation. Students are encouraged to obtain their Cane Card prior to Orientation. The Cane Card office is located at the McKnight Building, 1st floor, 5807 Ponce De Leon Blvd. A valid photo I.D. will be required to obtain your Cane Card.
Please note: If you attended UM for Undergraduate or Graduate School you will still need to have a new picture taken and exchange your old Cane Card for a Law Cane Card.
For further information, including the Cane Card photograph requirements, visit http://pt.ref.miami.edu/other-services/cane-card/index.html. There is no charge for your first card. Cane Card services will also be available on a limited basis at the Law School during Orientation.
Health Insurance & Immunization Requirements
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
The University sponsors health, dental and vision Insurance via United HealthCare. Insurance Rates and information for the upcoming academic year are generally available by June 1st. The most up to date Health insurance plan information can be viewed here and rates can be viewed here. Dental and vision insurance information can be viewed here.
The University requires that all students have health insurance while in law school (dental and vision are not required). Should a student already have adequate alternative coverage, he or she must waive the University sponsored health insurance plan by logging on to studentcenter.uhcsr.com. The deadline to waive is July 15th. For any questions or concerns regarding this matter, students should contact Student Health Services directly at (305) 284-9100.
All students must submit an immunization form by August 22 to Student Health Services. Failure to comply with these immunization requirements prior to the beginning of your first semester will interfere with registration and a $50.00 late processing fee will be charged for any form received after the start of the semester. Upon completion, return the form to:
Parking Permits, Ride Sharing, & Public Transit Discounts
The campus parking enforcement regulations are extended from 8 A.M. to 11 P.M., 7 days a week.. A permit will be required to park on campus during these times. Incoming Law Students may purchase a 2019-20 parking permit starting at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019 by visiting Department of Parking & Transportation. You will need to log into your account by using your current CaneLink system username and password. You will need to know the make, model, and license plate number for the vehicle you are registering. The cost of your permit will be billed to your student account.
The Parking Permit is virtually attached to your license plate and will not include a physical permit for display. You may enter more than one tag number (up to five) if you have multiple vehicles. Should two vehicles that are registered to one permit be found parked on campus at one time, a 'shared permit violation' will be issued. As a reminder, the University enforces a 'No Back-In' Policy. Vehicles must be parked head-in only unless they have a front plate. Parking permits are not available for purchase on campus. Please contact the Parking and Transportation Department at (305) 284-3096, option 2, or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions and/or concerns.
Ride Share Program
The University also sponsors an official carpool mobile app, which provides carpool matches in real time and allows you to schedule future carpool rides or ride with a fellow 'Cane. RideFlag allows students to use the vehicle of the permit holder or any other rider's parking permit. Information on the RideFlag program may be found here.
Public Transportation Discounts
The Univeristy's Transit Program offers discounts for students to use the Metrorail, Tri-Rail, Metrobus and Miami-Dade express buses. Full-time students get fares at 50% off the regular price when you bring your Cane Card to the Unviersty Center ticket window or call 305-284-2318. College Easy Pass must be purchased before the 9th of the month. Pricing for each transit system may be veiwed here.
Wellness Center (Gym Membership)
Included in each student’s law school tuition and fees is a membership to the Wellness Center (UM’s Gym). Students can gain admittance to the Wellness Center by showing a Cane Card. Learn more about the Wellness Center. Gym entrance is only permited to those with a CaneCard. CaneCards are typcially annoucned availble for pick-up in mid-July.
E-mail/IT: Connecting to the Network
Miami Law’s IT experts will be on hand to help new students get connected to the Miami Law network and install email on your personal devices the week prior to the 2019 J.D. Orientation. Our Information Technology team will show you how to get connected to our “SecureCanes” wireless network and set up your email account so that you are prepared for the first day of classes. In the meantime, for more information about information technology related questions, please click here. The Service Desk is eager to answer any technology related questions throughout the summer to prepare students for arrival on campus.
Following the Pre-Orientation set-up sessions, our Information Technology team will be hosting a Setting Up Campus Services Session. During this session, students will be assisted with several important functions, including installing printer drivers, which will not be covered during the Pre-Orientation session.
Laptop Configuration & Software for Students
Laptops are not required although not surprisingly, many if not most students arrive at law school with laptops. Click here to find computer information and recommendations. Before classes begin, Miami Law’s Information Technology team will show how to get connected to the Wireless canes network, set up email accounts, and install printer drivers so that new students are prepared for classes to begin.
Free software is availble for students to download once they are fully enrolled. Miami Law's Information Technology team will be availble to assist in setting up such software during the acadmic year. Programs include Microsoft Office Suite, Windows10, McAfree VirusScan and Adobe Creative Cloud. To learn about software licensing agreements please visit the Information Technology website.
Disability Services Accommodations
Miami Law’s Office of Student Accessibility and Inclusion is well equipped to support students of Miami Law. It is very important to contact this office during the summer if a student plans to request accommodations for fall semester or determine eligibility for accommodations. Click here to learn more.