Intensive Legal English Program Provides Bridge to LL.M. for International Students


Galicia, Spain native Lorena Senra is pursuing her LL.M. degree in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, thanks to the new LL.M. with Intensive Legal English Program at Miami Law.

LL.M. student Lorena Senra

Serna was one of eight students in the Intensive English Program's inaugural class. The three-semester program, which began in January 2016, is designed for students who need to improve their English proficiency before beginning their studies for an International Law LL.M. degree. Senra recently transferred into the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law program.

“Lorena is a great example of the type of student that this program attracts: talented, motivated, and ready to work hard. The LLM with Intensive English Program opened doors for her that will change the course of her career,” says Carmen Perez-Llorca, Director of the International Graduate Law Programs.

During the first semester, students focus on achieving the English language and communication skills necessary to be successful in the LL.M. program. After successful completion of the first semester, students join the International Law LL.M. class and proceed with the regular course of studies.

"Academically, the program helped me to become more proficient in English and improve my legal vocabulary. It also taught me specific skills necessary for law school, such as debating and the American style of writing," said Senra. "But the best part of the Intensive English Program is meeting people from different countries."

Senra received her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Vigo in Galicia, Spain before moving to Miami to pursue her LL.M. degree.  She plans on completing her J.D. degree at Miami Law as well.

"I want a high-quality education before I start working," said Senra. "My plans are to stay in the USA and pursue a career as a lawyer because this country has opportunities that I will not find anywhere else."