Setting Up Services: Overview

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. Students may obtain their Cane Card prior to Orientation. A valid photo I.D. will be required to obtain your Cane Card.  Cane Card services will also be available during Orientation.  

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 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

All full-time students are required to have health insurance. If you do not wish to be automatically charged for the University of Miami health insurance plan, you must submit a wavier by August 15 with proof of alternate insurance coverage. Access the waiver details here. If you have questions, contact Student Health Services directly at (305) 284-9100. University/United Healthcare Options and Rates.


All students must submit an immunization form by July 15 to Student Health Services.  Note that during Fall 2020, all students will be required to have seasonal influenza immunization. The seasonal flu shot is not yet available but will be required this fall as soon as it is available.

Parking Permits, Ride Sharing, & Public Transit Discounts

Parking Permits

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.  New students may purchase a 2020-2021 parking permit on July 20, 2020 at 12:01 A.M. by visiting Department of Parking & Transportation.  Returning students who have been enrolled at the University of Miami during the 2019-20 academic year may repurchase their permit on July 13, 2020 at 12:01 A.M.  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.  View the Parking Map here.  

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, 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 University'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 University 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 viewed 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.  

E-mail/IT: Connecting to the Network

Miami Law’s IT experts will help new students get connected to the Miami Law network and install email on your personal devices. Beginning the week of July 27th, 2020, the Student Technology Help Desk will provide several virtual sessions to ensure a smooth tech experience at Miami Law. The I.T. team will demonstrate how to connect to CaneNet_Wireless, configure your UM email to your smart phones/devices, and install Uprint (the campus wireless printing solution), to your laptop.

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 available for students to download once they are fully enrolled.  Miami Law's Information Technology team will be available to assist in setting up such software during the academic 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.