Students must complete 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.30/4.00 and comply with the LL.M. writing requirement in order to receive the Masters of Law in Inter-American Law degree. Many students pursue different paths in reaching this goal.
Comparative Law: The focus of the course will be a comparison between the civil law and common law traditions Emphasis will be placed upon the historical and cultural roots of the civil law tradition, as well as differences in procedures, substantive law, and the functioning of the justice systems. The purposes of the course is to introduce the student to the legal systems common to Europe and Latin America and why they differ from the U.S. system.
Doing Business in Latin America: This course explores some of the practical problems involved in doing business in selected Latin American countries. It is taught through a series of problems involving doing business through a distributorship in Argentina, patent licensing in Mexico, and a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil. The course explores a wide variety of subjects, including termination of distributorship agreements, types of corporate and partnership organization, arbitration, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, NAFTA, U.S. - Mexican Tax Treaty, taxation of foreign income, antitrust, patent licensing, and protection of foreign investment.
International Business Transactions: This course focuses on the problems likely to be encountered when firms engage in transnational business transactions, both inbound and outbound. Emphasis is placed on finding practical solutions to such problems in light of current events, and upon the interplay between the current law of the United States and that of the civil law countries. The areas covered include: (i) sales and financing of goods and services, (ii) establishing and managing agencies, distributorships and other strategic alliances in transnational markets, (iii) protecting and licensing intellectual property rights, (iv) conducting direct foreign investments, including the protection of property from expropriation and nationalization, (v) complying with local laws including foreign exchange regulations, competition policies, laws aimed at protecting the nationals of the foreign country, and labor and environmental laws. The course will also touch upon problems involved in transnational litigation, including access to foreign courts, service of documents and discovery of evidence located abroad, the recognition of foreign judgments, and international arbitrations.
International Law: This course examines the law that governs the activities of nations. Included are such topics as what international law is and how it contrasts with domestic law, how international law is created, who is governed by and has rights under international law, how international disputes are resolved, and the role of the United Nations. In light of recent events, special emphasis will be placed on the law governing the use of force. The course is important for those wanting to understand the international legal system and global change, but also provides a useful foundation for many other courses, such as International Copyright, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law, International Environmental Law, International Human Rights Law, International Tax, and related seminars.
Latin American Law: The course will explore the interrelationships between law and development in the Latin American context, emphasizing the role of the courts in protecting against arbitrary governmental actions and the defense of constitutional rights, the adaptation of Latin American legal systems to chronic inflation, a law-in-society case study of the barrios of Caracas, and the regulation of foreign investment.
Individual Graduate Research: Writing requirement: seminar or independent research paper approved by Faculty Chair.
Students must have 24 credits to graduate, and so the exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course.
Many students are most interested in our varied international and comparative law courses. Popular choices from past years, as well as some new course offerings, would include those listed below.
Basic Notions of Latin American Contracts Workshop
Latin American Law
European Community Law
Introduction to Caribbean Law
Islamic Legal Systems Law
Introduction to U.S. Law (for foreign lawyers)
Comparative Corporate Governance
Comparative Criminal Law
Law of Obligations
International Business and Trade
Doing Business in Latin America
International Business Transactions
International Economic Law
Project Finance in Latin America
International Human Rights
Research Methods in International Foreign and Comparative Law Seminar
Press Freedoms in the Americas (seminar)
Democracy, Constitutions and Human Rights Seminar
International Moot Court
International Criminal Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Transnational Litigation and Arbitration
International Commercial Arbitration Seminar
International Commercial Arbitration Workshop
Asylum and Visa Workshop
Advanced Immigration Seminar
Ocean and Coastal Law
Law of the Sea
Marine Insurance Seminar
Marine Ecology & Law
This listing includes some very innovative courses offered by UM that defy traditional categories:
Cultural Property and Heritage Law
Miami Law does offer several courses in Spanish. These courses are intended for law students who are trying to improve their knowledge of technical Spanish. We discourage native Spanish speakers from taking these courses.
Thomas Pate, Venezuela
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 2006
J.D. equivalent Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela, 2005
"The highly regarded faculty, the plethora of resources available to students, together with a unique mix of cultural diversity and geographic location, makes the LL.M. Program at University of Miami School of Law a truly enriching experience."
Click on the video above to hear Thomas talk about his LL.M. experience at Miami Law.