Parents & Partners of Law Students

law parentsAs law students transition from undergraduate school or the working world into the academic rigors of law school, the University of Miami School of Law views parents, partners, and other family members as invaluable support groups. Here are some resources to help aid parents and partners with students’ success in law school:

 Understanding the Law School Process: The Basics

For those not familiar with the law school process, here are a few things to know:

  • Law School typically takes three years:
    • The first year is all planned out (except for one elective in the second semester), but the second and third years allow flexibility in class choice.
    • The University of Miami does not offer an evening or part-time program.
    • Miami Law only admits first-year students in the fall semester.
  • The law school year generally runs from early/mid-August to mid-May with a break in the winter and the spring. Summer sessions are optional.
  • In the first year, the typical day varies from section to section. In general, the earliest classes begin at 8 a.m. and the latest classes end around 5:30 p.m.
  • Some students spend many hours studying in the library while some prefer to study off campus. In addition to studying during the week, many students are engaged in law school work in the evenings and on the weekends. Generally, students who treat their law studies like a full-time demanding job and utilize our program resources will succeed.
  • Miami Law does not allow students to work their first year. Upper division students may choose to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • A majority of students receive financial aid through FAFSA and there are institutional and external scholarships and upper-division fellowship options as well.
  • Law students often spend their summers clerking for judges, interning at firms, working at public interest organizations, or engaging in externships. Most lawyers will tell you that summer work experience creates networking opportunities that are essential to law education and finding a job following law school.  Also, Miami Law offers summer abroad options, usually taken after the first year.

 Law Parents & Partners Committee (LPP)

The Law Parents and Partners Committee is an organization recruited and managed by the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Miami School of law in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students at the School of Law.

The goal of the organization is to recruit parents, spouses and partners of Miami Law Students who are interested in joining the efforts of the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors in making a tangible difference in the lives of our students by providing them with the needed support. Click here to join the LPP committee.

There are ways in which your support directly benefits our students and makes an immediate difference in our students’ lives:

  • Law Parents and Partners provides refreshments during Orientation and a welcome gift –this is a great opportunity to welcome the students and help them in their transition to law school.

  • LPP members also volunteer to open their homes to our out-of-town students for home cooked meals and special holidays and religious celebrations.

  • The Law Parents and Partners Committee in partnership with the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors also host an annual Welcome Reception for parents and partners of incoming law students providing them an opportunity to meet the Dean, members of the faculty and administration and the Alumni leadership as well as meet other more “seasoned” parents and partners.

  • The Committee also raises sponsorship funds to provide needed support upon the recommendation of the Dean and the Dean of Students to student organizations for their participation in conferences, professional development opportunities and with pro bono efforts. Click here to contribute.

The goal is to enhance the quality of student life at the University of Miami School of Law and to support and recognize the leadership, service and collaborative initiatives of our students.

For more information contact or visit:
Office of Alumni Relations and Development
University of Miami School of Law
Alma Jennings Foundation Suite, Robert Earle Dooley Building, C 319
1311 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, Fl 33146
(305) 284-3470

 Childcare Options


The Bright Horizons at UM Canterbury Preschool
(Age: infant to five years) has a location on the main campus and the medical campus.  
If you are interested in enrolling your child at one of these campus centers, you should visit and apply as early as possible as places are limited. 


Finding high-quality, affordable childcare (infant to pre-k) that will meet your needs may take some time, thus you are advised to seek out suitable places and register as early as possible.

Coral Gables

KLA School of Coral Gables
Granada Day School

Kendall/ South Miami

Smart Starts Day School
South Miami Lutheran Preschool
Creative Learning Center
Child Care Center Inc.

 Summer Camps – Hosted on University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus

The University of Miami Campus hosts several children's camps during the summer terms.  

The School of Architecture offers two different summer programs for high school students, one residential and the other daily.

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION - Hurricane Debate Institute
The University of Miami Debate Team invites middle and high school students of all experience levels to participate in the Hurricane Debate Institute. 

The Frost School of Music has summer programs designed for various age groups and musical interests.

High school students can explore career possibilities through the Summer Scholars Program (SSP). Each program offers a three-week, educational experience that lets you live like a college student on campus while earning valuable college credit. 

Summer Theatre Academy students gain valuable theatre skills, confidence, self-esteem, and a love of creativity, through theatre games and acting exercises. Each group of students receives specialized training for their age. Open to students entering grades 1-10.

Children age 6-12 can swim, play basketball and tennis, and take part in a variety of other indoor games. 

Summer programs that offer a fun and creative approach to the world of day camps. 

Summer kids’ camps and teen camps are designed for beginner to advanced learners.

Summer academic enrichment program for academically gifted and talented students, offering courses in STEM subjects, the humanities, performing and studio arts, and fitness. Residential and commuter options for students ages 9-17, day program option for students ages 5-8.

Summer camp for ages 5 - 12. Activities include outdoor sports, games, and educational field trips.

The Beaux Arts camp programs is designed for students ages 5-12.

For children ages 5 - 12, the camp features swimming in an Olympic-sized pool.

 Enrolling A Child into Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Enrolling your child into the Miami-Dade County Public School system is an important step towards relocation. Please review the requirements prior and allow yourself the appropriate amount of time to complete the process.