Courses Taken Elsewhere (Outside Miami Law)

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JD students have six elective credits (out of 88 total credits). These credits may be used to take courses in another School or department at UM. All graduate level courses (500-level and above) may be considered assuming the student meets any prerequisites. Language courses at the intermediate level and above (200-level or above) are also included. Students are encouraged to contact the course professor to ensure that the professor is willing to have a Law School student in his/her course. (The UM website has a university-wide people directory at the top of the home page.)

There are courses in all Schools of the university that may be of interest: International Studies, Geography, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Business, and Communication are among the areas where JD students may identify courses which align nicely with a Law School curriculum. This is an opportunity to take a course of interest, whether it is a seminar in modern history, a special topic in journalism, or in a completely unrelated discipline altogether. Students will be able to register for many non-law courses directly through CaneLink. There are some courses requiring approval to register for: these will require an Add/Drop form submitted to Sandy Abraham (see contact information below) so that the University's Registrar's Office can take care of the registration.

There are a few points to note: 1) students with under a 2.5 GPA need approval from the Dean of Students Office and are generally discouraged from this option; 2) first year language courses cannot be taken for JD credit, though it may be possible to locate a non-credit beginning language course through the Division of Continuing and International Education,; 3) introductory courses are generally excluded; 4) students in joint degree programs will be using their 6 elective credits to receive JD credit from courses taken in their other program; and 5) tuition for any non-Law School courses (except for those students in joint degree programs) will be paid to the School of Law, current Law School scholarships will apply, and students will still be considered in full-time status.

For questions and/or help with registration, contact Sandy Abraham, Executive Liaison for Interdisciplinary Program and Initiatives at or 305-284-4030.

For any questions regarding tuition charges, contact Wendi Owens, Associate Director, Office of Financial Aid at the Law School at or 305-284-6633.