Study at the New Hub of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Did you know in 2020 The Kauffman Index named Miami the second most entrepreneurial city in the U.S. with the country's highest startup density? Miami Law students benefit from this innovative atmosphere that is full of possibilities with a curriculum that provides you with an array of intellectual property courses at the intersection of law, business, and technology.
Miami Law is one of only a handful of schools offering a Startup Clinic and courses covering topics such as big data, cyber security, cryptocurrency, legal informatics, programming, and much more. Our program will prepare you for your future career by providing you with the knowledge and skills you can use to thrive in an adaptive and energetic environment.
Some Facts about Miami and Miami Law
- 'A-' ranking in Intellectual Property in Pre-Law magazine (spring 2020)
- Miami Law students attend the Patent Law Job Fair and the Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (SIPJF)
- University of Miami has The Launch Pad - an entrepreneurship center to help start, build, and scale startup businesses
- Miami Law's is the only law school in Florida (and one of 26 in the nation) granted formal certification so that its students can appear directly before the United States Patent and Trademark Office on behalf of their clients in trademark and patent applications
- Miami considered the next great tech hub (Forbes, Jan 2021)
- In early 2021 SoftBank, the Japanese multinational conglomerate announced plans to invest $100 million into Miami-based startups
"I wanted to explore the passion that I had long had with the law, but with an eye toward combining it with my love of technology. I know I made the right decision coming to Miami Law. The experience and the opportunities have factored hugely in what I have become and where I am heading. It is more than I could have ever hoped.” (in Big Law IP Future for 3L Luiz Miranda in The Windy City)
Luiz Miranda, J.D./LL.M. International Law ‘17
Intellectual Property Litigation Associate at Mayer Brown
Academic Programs and Concentrations
Clinics and Practicums
“Miami Law offered a variety of programs that appealed to me when I was deciding between Law schools. The great Miami weather also didn’t hurt during the decision-making process. Professor Sawicki is a master of IP law, generally, and Patent law specifically. I apply the topics that he taught in his Patent Law course on an almost daily basis in my current career as a Patent Litigator.”
Dexter Whitley, J.D. '17
Associate at Fish & Richardson, P.C., Atlanta, GA
Law Without Walls - this collaborative academic model brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from 33 universities worldwide to explore innovation in legal education and practice.
Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board
Business Law Society
Entertainment and Sports Law Society
Intellectual Property Law Society
International Law Society
Technology Law Club
“When you get any consumer electronics product in your home, you pull it out, unwrap it, and plug it into the wall and start using it. You can feel it, see it, touch it. What you don’t see is the intricate web of intellectual property licensing arrangements that preceded the purchase of the device by you and existed among dozens of Asian, European and U.S. companies.”
Horacio Gutierrez, J.D. ‘98
Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Spotify
New York, NY
Externships and Internships**
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Trademark & Copyright Department (Pennington, NJ)
eBay (San Jose, CA)
Glint, Inc. (Silicon Valley, CA)
Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)
NASA Office of the General Counsel (Washington, DC)
NBC Sports Group (Stamford, CT)
NBCUniversal Global Networks International
Recording Industry Association of America (Washington, DC)
Roc Nation Sports (New York, NY)
Sirius XM (New York, NY)
Sony Music (New York, NY)
Spotify (New York, NY)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Washington, DC)
University of Miami, Office of Privacy and Data Security
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Music Group Latin America
Daniel Barsky is co-director of the Startup Clinic and an expert in intellectual property.
Michele DeStefano is the founder of LawWithoutWalls and teaches a course on law, technology, and innovation, and her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.
Mary Anne Franks has criminal law expertise in cyberstalking and live streaming violence.
Lili Levi teaches copyright law and international copyright law, defamation and privacy law; and prior thereto, was Broadcast Counsel at CBS, Inc. Her scholarship focuses on media and communications law.
John M. Newman is an expert in antitrust, intellectual property and big tech.
(Pictured: Andres Sawicki discussing the BILT Concentration)
“Miami is a really exciting area for startups and entrepreneurship more generally. It doesn't have the profile of Silicon Valley, but that's one of the things that makes it so interesting."
Professor of Law and Director, Concentration in The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology (BILT)
Andres Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property.
Stephen Urice is a a preeminent legal authority in art and museum law. He is a co-author of the standard art law casebook Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts. He has served as counsel and acting director of the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles and served as director of Philadelphia’s Rosenbach Museum & Library. He is the Director for the Arts Law track in Miami Law's LL.M. program.
Jaime Vining is Co-Director of the Startup Clinic and teaches Trademark and Advanced Trademark Law, and has been named a “rising Star” by Florida’s Super Lawyer Magazine since 2009.
Conferences, Lectures, Centers
We Robot Conference: Students participate in this bi-annual conference, founded at Miami Law, which focuses on legal policy issues relating to robotics.
The Launch Pad - University of Miami Entrepreneurship Center
Global Entertainment and Sports Law Industry Conference
#MiamiTech Movement and the Law
*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.