LL.M. How to Apply: Application Overview

LLM students

LL.M. Graduate Programs Offered at Miami Law

1. Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
2. Graduate Program in Estate Planning (Heckerling)
3. Graduate Program in International Arbitration (White & Case)
4. Graduate Program in International Law
5. Graduate Program in Maritime Law
6. Graduate Program in Real Property Development (Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig)
7. Graduate Program in Taxation
8. Graduate Program in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment

Admissions Standards

Admissions decisions to Miami Law's Graduate Programs are made by each Graduate Program pursuant to the policies established by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Each Director evaluates the applicant's potential for excellence in the graduate program of choice. The standard indicators of such potential, prior academic achievements and standardized test scores, are evaluated in light of the quality of the institutions attended and the rigor of the course of study selected by the applicant. In deciding among the applicants who satisfy the School's high academic standards, such factors as significant work experience, extracurricular activities, community service, individual characteristics, and background details will also be considered. Because the process is selective, applicants are encouraged to provide a complete overview of their background and accomplishments. Miami Law is committed to enhancing the diversity of its student body and encourages applications from members of all minority and underrepresented groups. Prior to matriculation, applicants who are granted admission must have earned a Juris Doctor degree accredited by the American Bar Association, or a first degree in law from an accrediting institution with equivalent standing.

Important Application Dates & Deadlines by Program

 Graduate Program in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law

Full-time applicants must start in the fall semester (priority deadline of May 1) and, at the discretion of the Director, may later convert to part-time status. Part-time applicants must start in the fall semester (priority deadline of May 1) and, at the discretion of the Director, may later convert to full-time status.

 Graduate Program in Estate Planning (Heckerling)

Full-time applicants must start in the fall semester. At the discretion of the Director, part-time applicants may start in either the fall or spring semester. Prior to enrollment, applicants must have earned a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

 Graduate Program in International Arbitration (White & Case)

Applicants to the LL.M. in International Arbitration may study on a full-time or part-time basis depending on their individual preferences and visa requirements. Applications for admission will be considered on a rolling basis for a Fall (August) or Spring (January) program start. Applicants intending to start in the Fall semester are encouraged to complete their application by the priority deadline of December 15. Admissions decisions will be made until the beginning of semester or until program spaces are filled. Applicants who need to improve their English proficiency may select the Intensive Legal English & International Arbitration LL.M. Program (3 semesters) as the preferred study option.

 Graduate Program in International Law

Our International Graduate Law Programs provide applicants with the background necessary to understand and manage problems arising in today’s international legal order. This program offers specializations in U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers, General International Law, and Inter-American Law. Applicants who need to improve their English proficiency may select a new program designated U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers with Intensive English (3 semesters) under areas of specialization. Full-time internationally educated applicants for the 3-semester LL.M. in U.S. and Transnational Law with Intensive English must start in the spring (deadline of December 1). Full-time internationally educated applicants for all other International Law LL.M. specializations must start in the fall (priority deadline of May 1). Full-time domestic applicants may start in the fall (priority deadline of May 1) or in the spring (priority deadline of November 15).

 Graduate Program in Maritime Law

Full-time internationally educated applicants must start in the fall (priority deadline of May 1). Full-time domestic applicants may start in the fall (priority deadline of May 1) or in the spring (priority deadline of November 15).

 Graduate Program in Real Property (Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig)

Full-time applicants must start in the fall semester. Part-time applicants, including Distance Learners, may start in the fall or spring semester.

 Graduate Program in Taxation

Full-time applicants must start in the fall semester. Part-time applicants may start in the fall or spring semester at the Director's discretion. Note that prior to enrollment, applicants must have successfully completed a basic Federal Income Tax course at the J.D. level.

 Graduate Program in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment

Full-time applicants must start in the fall semester, which begins in July for this program. Part-time applicants may start in the fall or spring semester at the Director's discretion.

Admissions Requirements for LL.M. Applicants

1. Application Form (via UM App or LSAC)
2. Application Fee
3. Transcripts
4. English Language Proficiency Test
5. Law School Admission Test (For Domestic Applicants)
6. Recommendation Letters
7. Personal Statement
8. Résumé or Curriculum Vitate
9. Character and Fitness

Ways to Apply to the LL.M. Program

1. University of Miami Online Student Application - Apply Here

This option allows applicants to work on their application in electronic format, save their progress, and continue working at their convenience until submission.

2. Law School Admission Council (LSAC) - Apply Here

Registration with LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) is required when applying through LSAC. Transcripts for all academic work you have undertaken, whether at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level, must be sent to LSAC's LLM CAS. Information about this service can be found at www.LSAC.org. The University of Miami School of Law's LLM Credential Assembly Service code number is 5815.Transcripts for any work completed after an applicant has fulfilled all the requirements for LLM CAS submission, such as transcripts for the final semester or summer session, should be sent to us through LSAC's LLM CAS prior to matriculation. All offers of admission are conditional until receipt of the applicant’s official transcript prior to matriculation conferring a Juris Doctor degree accredited by the American Bar Association, or a first degree in law from an accrediting institution with equivalent standing. Applicants who completed more than one year of post-secondary work outside the United States (including its territories) or Canada must submit their international transcripts through the LLM CAS’s International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES), as explained under the International Transcript Submission section below.

English Language Proficiency Test

Applicants whose native language is not English, and whose undergraduate education is from outside the US, are required to submit results of an English language proficiency test. Miami Law will accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants should request that their scores be sent directly to LSAC. LSAC's TOEFL code for its LLM Credential Assembly Service is 8395. Although no institutional code is needed for IELTS, you are required to contact your test center and ask that your official score report be sent to LSAC for electronic download. The score will be included in the authentication and evaluation feature of LSAC's LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report. A score of at least 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), or 92 (internet-based) is required for consideration for admission. The minimum required IELTS score for admission is 7.0. In some exceptional cases, at the discretion of the Director, the English language proficiency test may be waived.

Cost of Attendance

The LL.M. cost of attendance for the 2020-2021 academic year is available here.