South Florida stands at the crossroads of the Americas. It boasts a location that provides students at University of Miami School of Law with an international perspective, and it offers exceptional, practical training opportunities in courts, corporations, and clinics. Graduates go on to pursue rewarding careers. More than 20,000 alumni practice throughout the United States and in nearly 91 countries around the world. They work for both small and large firms as well as in private practice, in government service, and as sole practitioners. Miami Law is accredited by the ABA, is a member of the AALS, and has a chapter of the prestigious scholastic society, the Order of the Coif.
Exceptional location in Coral Gables
The University of Miami School of Law is located on the 260-acre main campus of one of the largest private research universities in the United States. Situated in Coral Gables, known as one of Florida's most desirable areas, the law school's location makes it possible for students to receive all the benefits of large-city living while in a subtropical, suburban setting. Greater Miami, with its international flavor and cultural diversity, has one of the most dynamic and rapidly expanding legal communities in the country, and University of Miami School of Law is at the forefront in training legal professionals for this rapidly changing world.
Highly renowned faculty members
The faculty members at Miami School of Law have exceptional credentials and represent diverse groups. They are graduates of the world's top universities and law schools, have completed prestigious judicial clerkships, and have acquired significant work experience in private practice and government. They are renowned for combining their scholarly distinction and real-world experience with an enthusiastic approach to teaching. Their areas of expertise are in international law, arbitration, taxation, criminal, securities regulation, immigration, human rights, the Internet, legal theory, evidence, and ethics.
A strong, foundational curriculum
Miami Law provides a solid foundation in all the traditional subjects, ensuring that students develop a strong understanding of legal practices. In addition, the school is constantly expanding its offerings to reflect the opportunities of the changing world. Choosing from more than 300 courses, clinics, skills workshops, and seminars, students ordinarily complete the JD degree in three years of full-time study. Miami Law's course offerings in inter-American, international, arbitration, and transnational law are outstanding.
Experiential learning with a focus on clinics, externships, and practicums
Miami Law's 10 award-winning clinics are exceptional training grounds and give students the unparalleled opportunity to work with clients and acquire valuable legal skills while helping underrepresented individuals and groups in Miami, across the nation, and around the globe. The Law School offers practicum experiences in the areas of entrepreneurial startup law, civil rights, the death penalty, affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and cyber rights. Miami Law's Externship Program also provides students the opportunity to gain practical legal experience by working with local, national, and international corporations, agencies, organizations, and the judiciary for academic credit.
An array of opportunities to develop litigation and lawyering skills
Miami Law has one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated litigation skills training programs in the nation, integrating trial, pretrial, litigation, and clinical experiences. Additionally, students who graduate are placed in an externship program in which they are certified by the Florida Supreme Court to engage in the supervised practice of law. Miami Law's two-semester Legal Communication and Research Skills Program uses simulated client cases to ensure students are practice-ready.
Outstanding study abroad and international programs
Students can immerse themselves in a foreign legal culture by studying international and comparative law in one of Miami Law's 25 foreign study and exchange opportunities.
In addition, the school has an International Moot Court Program in which students take a workshop, obtain course credit, and participate around the globe in international competitions, some of which are conducted in Spanish.
Miami Law's groundbreaking LawWithoutWalls Program brings together students, faculty, practitioners, and entrepreneurs from around the country and the world to explore innovation in legal education and practice.
Specialized studies through dual degrees and concentrations
Recognizing the increasing need for specialization and interdisciplinary study, Miami Law offers students 20+ options in joint degrees and concentrations to focus their studies within particular fields. Joint degrees are offered in cooperation with the University of Miami's renowned graduate schools.
A wide selection of public service opportunities
HOPE (Helping Others Through Pro Bono Efforts) is the law school's public interest resource center. This center helps students understand the array of public interest opportunities at Miami Law and provides guidance and training to law students dedicated to community service and advocacy. This center also runs the Miami Scholars Public Interest Program, a prestigious full-tuition scholarship program for incoming students with extraordinary academic and public interest achievements.
An exceptional library with access to the best resources
With over 630,000 volumes, volume equivalents, and a wide array of electronic resources, Miami Law's library is one of the most comprehensive resources for legal research in the Southeast. The Law Library has liberal hours, energetic and experienced reference librarians, and seating for individual and group study.
A diverse student body and student life experience
Miami Law's student activities include 55 diverse student organizations that provide members with personal, academic, and career support. All encourage student leadership and involvement in pro bono activities, assist in recruiting students, and provide networking and career opportunities with alumni and other members of the legal community.
An engaged Career Development Office to help students succeed on the job market
The Career Development Office (CDO), composed of nine attorneys, provides extraordinary professional and career development to students and alumni. The CDO offers a wide range of job-related programming and recruiting opportunities, individual career counseling, professional connections with attorneys in varied practices, and online access to a resource library and national job postings.
An array of financial aid opportunities, scholarships, and other means to cover student expenses
Admitted applicants are automatically considered for most scholarship awards. Applicants who wish to be considered for a merit scholarship should complete their admission files prior to January 8. Most scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Miami Law assists and encourages all students to apply for federal aid (loans) prior to considering private educational loans. Students can apply for Federal loans by first completing the FAFSA online by our priority deadline of March 1. The Federal School Code is E00532.
A competitive admissions process to select the best students
Admission to Miami Law is competitive. Undergraduate and graduate grade-point averages are used in the review process. While all LSAT scores are considered, the highest score is given the greatest weight. Two letters of recommendation are required and a personal statement is strongly encouraged. Work experience, extracurricular activities, special skills, and background are also assessed. First-year students are admitted only in the fall semester. Applicants are urged to apply as early as possible after September 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a space available basis until July 31.
Degrees & Awards
|Doctoral Degree Exam||LSAT|
|Doctoral Degree Requirements||2 letters of recommendation|
TOEFL Paper score: 580
TOEFL IBT score: 92
IELTS Paper score: 7
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Application deadlines for financial awards||March 1|
|Types of financial support available||
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||5.29%|
|White or Caucasian||37%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.25%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.08%|
|Two or more races||2.77%|
|Focus of faculty research:||Energy/climate change, international finance, Internet law/law of electronic commerce, race/social justice, art law/cultural heritage law|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||0|