Online Info Sessions for Foreign-Trained Attorneys on Paths to Practice Law in USA


WHAT: The University of Miami School of Law is hosting two online information sessions, one in English "Paths to Practice Law in the U.S. - Studying and Practicing Opportunities for Foreign Lawyers" and one in Spanish "Vías de Acceso a la Práctica del Derecho en los Estados Unidos," for foreign-trained lawyers about the study and practice of law in the United States. Learn answers to common questions from foreign lawyers, such as:

  • Can I use my law degree to practice law in the United States?
  • What is the Bar exam, and what do I need to do to take it?
  • What is the difference between an LL.M and a J.D.?
  • If I want to practice law in Florida and I only have an LL.M., what are my options?
  • What are the LSAT and the TOEFL?

During the online session, information will be offered on the different degrees offered by Miami Law including, the Masters of Law, which allows the foreign lawyer to sit for the bar in some states, with the New York Bar being the most common; Masters of Law with Intensive Legal English (LL.M. + Intensive Legal English), for those who need to improve their proficiency in legal English; and the Joint J.D./LL.M., a joint degree that allows its graduates to sit for the bar anywhere, including Florida.

WHO: On hand will be Carmen Pérez-Llorca, assistant dean for International and Graduate Programs, director of the International Graduate Law Programs, and Lecturer in Law; Yasmina Assis, associate director of IGLP International Graduate Law Programs, Lecturer in Law, and LL.M./J.D. academic advisor; and Jian Gou, IGLP program manager.

WHEN: SPANISH-Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. eastern standard time or ENGLISH-Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. eastern standard time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the program at  or 305-284-5402, or register for the Spanish session or register for the English session.

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