Studying an LLM in Florida might be what your dreams are made of. Florida is the third largest state in the US by population, and has a large number of lawyers specialising in legal issues ranging from Environmental Law to Immigration Law. Florida is the first choice for lots of us for a summer holiday but it's a great choice for an LLM as well. There is a large immigrant population in Florida and there are many opportunities to gain experience in student Law Clinics helping local residents. This, coupled with the easy travel links between Florida and the rest of the world give Florida an international feel compared to other US states. If the sun, the nightlife and the amusement parks of Florida appeal to you then it’s worth your while checking out the law schools here.
Here’s our rundown of some of the top law schools in Florida*.
This Law School is one of the best in Florida and they offer an excellent specialisation in Taxation Law for their LLM students. They highly value their student's charitable work at the University of Florida so you'll find yourself involved in giving and raising money, and the campus in Gainesville has just undergone a major re-investment in its buildings, infrastructure and facilities.
This public university in Tallahassee – which is the capital of Florida – places its LLM students at the centre of law-making in Florida. The ample chances for networking with the those in the legal and political centre of Florida will give you a great base to start your career from. LLM students at Florida State University can specialise in subjects such as Law for Foreign-trained lawyers, Environment Law and Policy, and Business Law.
Miami is famous worldwide for its nightlife and art deco architecture, and its University of Miami has a great reputation too! The LLM program has a range of specialities including Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law, Maritime Law and an LLM course offering intensive English training for foreign-trained lawyers.
This was Florida's first Law School and was established in 1900. This heritage means that Stetson University has an amazing reputation for training in legal skills such as Trial Advocacy. Based in Tampa Bay, its location means you'll be able to access some of that Floridian beach lifestyle with actives like dolphin and manatee spotting easily available.
As South Florida's only public law school you'll be able to access a great legal education in the fun city of Miami. This relatively new university – it was established in 2001 – will allow you a fantastic amount of flexibility as the LLM course allows you to tailor your studies to your future career plans and interests.
If you're interested in studying an LLM in Maritime Law, then the Florida Coastal School of Law is the perfect place to study. There are just a few institutions specialising only in the legal issues surrounding the sea. The campus is based in Jackson and being out of the way of the tourists will mean everything is that little bit more affordable. With an emphasis on practical skills, you'll finish your LLM with a real insight into the practice of Law of the Sea.
This is a Catholic university based in Miami offering an LLM program focusing on Human Rights Law. This focus on Human Rights Law has led St Thomas University to concentrate on the varied issues surrounding Human Rights Law including difficult subjects such as Human Trafficking. Because it's in Miami students have access to the large student population of Miami and the Human Rights organisations there.