LLM How to Apply: Application Overview

LLM students

LLM 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

Admission 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. The Director of each Graduate Program 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 law 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 from an institution accredited by the American Bar Association or a first degree in law from an accrediting institution with equivalent standing. Please note that the Graduate Program in Estate Planning (Heckerling) requires applicants to have earned a Juris Doctor degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

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.

 Graduate Program in International Arbitration (White & Case)

Applicants to the LLM 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 LLM Program (3 semesters) as the preferred study option.

 Graduate Program in International Law

Our International Graduate Law Program offers specializations in (1) U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers, (2) General International Law, and (3) Inter-American Law. In addition, applicants who need to improve their English proficiency may select 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 LLM 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 LLM 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 Development (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 JD 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 LLM 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 Vitae
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. Applicants must send transcripts for all academic work, whether at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level, to LSAC’s LLM CAS. The University of Miami School of Law’s LLM CAS school code is 5815. Transcripts for any work completed after an applicant has fulfilled all the requirements for LLM CAS submission, such as transcripts for a final semester or summer session, should be sent to us through LSAC’s LLM CAS prior to matriculation. All offers of admission are conditional upon receipt of the applicant’s official transcript prior to matriculation conferring a Juris Doctor degree from an institution 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 in 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 United States 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. The minimum required TOEFL score for admission is 580 paper-based, 237 computer-based, and 92 internet-based. LSAC’s institutional code to report the TOEFL score is 8395. The minimum required IELTS score for admission is 7.0. No institutional code is needed for the IELTS. Scores from either test will be included in the authentication and evaluation feature of the CAS Report. In some exceptional cases, at the discretion of the Program Director, the English language proficiency test may be waived.

Practicing Law in the United States

It is your responsibility to contact the Board of Bar Examiners of the state in which you desire to practice law to determine whether the foreign degree you received or the LLM degree will qualify you to sit for that state's bar examination. You should also be aware that successful completion of the LLM program, and even admission to a state bar, does not automatically give you the right to practice law in the United States. Thus, we urge you to carefully examine current immigration regulations and consult with a United States Consulate before applying to the Graduate Program.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on-campus or off-campus. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited.