Miami Law is strongly committed to its graduate LLM programs, and we welcome applicants from around the world to join our legal community. Situated in one of the world's most vibrant, multicultural metropolitan areas, The University of Miami School of Law stands at the crossroads of the Americas.
Graduates of Miami Law are among the best attorneys with more than 25,000 alumni practicing throughout the United States and in 85 countries—from corporate to public interest; in large firms, private practice, and government service; or as sole practitioners.
Miami Law faculty members take great pride in developing good working relationships with students and are available to discuss course materials as well as questions related to the study of law in general. Miami Law has one of the largest number of faculty members teaching or researching in the area of international law of any American law school.
Miami Law is located on the University of Miami's main campus and is within a 10-minute walk from key spots at the university, such as the state-of-the-art fitness center, the local post office, concert halls, the campus bookstore, the university's art museum, the student health center, and the campus food court.
The University of Miami also has a variety of cultural offerings. Miami Law has more than 60 student organizations, which encourage student involvement and leadership and provide networking and career opportunities with alumni and other members of our legal community.
Our school has a Career Development Office (CDO) with advisors who are former practicing attorneys. For international students, the CDO has a dedicated international LLM advisor who has expertise in counseling this specific group of students. The office organizes workshops, career and job fairs, a mock interview program to assist students with their job search and professional development needs.
GENERAL LL.M. PROGRAM U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers LL.M.
Specifically designed for the foreign law graduate, the U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign-Trained Lawyers is specialization within the International Law LL.M. and is Miami Law's general LL.M. program. This program welcomes foreign-trained attorneys from all over the world to continue the study of law in a context that emphasizes American common law and its impact in the global economy. The program permits unusual flexibility by allowing students to choose courses in their area of interest from the general law school curriculum. Overall, this LL.M. offers foreign lawyers a unique opportunity to study both theoretical and practical aspects of the U.S. legal system and to appreciate the effects of globalization upon U.S. and transnational law.
SPECIALIZED LL.M. PROGRAMS Intensive Legal English + LLM
The Intensive Legal English + LL.M. Program is for qualified law students who need to improve their English proficiency before they immerse themselves into an LL.M. program. Students are fully integrated into the Miami Law community and participate in the school’s academic networking and social events. All classes are taught at Miami School of Law.
The program is full-time, 3 semesters, and it starts in the Spring semester in January. During the first semester, students focus on achieving the English language and communication skills necessary to be successful in tan LL.M. program in the fall.
LLM in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law
This degree is designed for U.S. and foreign law students and attorneys who are committed to counseling professionals and companies in these fields. Students get a wide-range of skills in the interconnecting areas while honing their specific area of interest with a choice of 3 tracks: the entertainment law track, the sports law track, and the arts law track. The curriculum is built upon essential courses such as copyright law, trademark law, and survey and drafting courses in each of entertainment, arts and sports law.
LLM in Estate Planning
For U.S. law students and attorneys, The Heckerling Graduate Program in Estate Planning offers a unique curriculum that addresses the increasing complexity of our income tax, wealth transfer tax and property laws, combined with today’s changing economic environment and shifting demographics of our population.
Hands-on, practical experience is available through a drafting course that culminates in the preparation of an estate plan under the guidance of an experienced practitioner. In addition there are unparalleled networking opportunities with estate planning professionals at the annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.
LLM in International Arbitration
The White & Case International Arbitration LLM Program provides a unique, individualized educational opportunity for a small group of top-quality students wishing to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field. The program offers specialized theoretical and practical courses in arbitration. In addition, there is a broad selection of related subjects, including course offerings with a focus on Latin America for future practitioners wishing to pursue a career involving interests in that region.
The program provides personalized and effective student mentorship and the student experience is enriched by Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute’s activities, lectures and publications.
LLM in International Law
This program provides students with the specialized background and training necessary to recognize, understand, and manage problems arising in the international legal order, including those relating to international trade, investment, business, environmental problems, and the protection of human rights. The South Florida area's economy and social life are firmly tied to international trade, immigration, and tourism reflecting the current globalized world.
The degree requires a total of 24 credits, and there are full-time, part-time, and joint-degree study options. Student scholarships are available.
LLM in Maritime Law
Miami is the ideal city to study Maritime law. The city is the cruise capital of the world and the metropolitan area is one of the world’s largest privately owned and operated free trade zones. Students can focus on International Law of the Sea, Admiralty Law, or Marine & Environmental Law and Policy.
LLM in Real Estate / Property Development
The Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LLM in Real Property Development provides an advanced educational opportunity for lawyers dedicated to working in the real estate field. The program is designed both for recent law school graduates and for practitioners interested in redirecting or fine-tuning their practice.
The Program explores the subjects necessary to develop an understanding of land acquisition, finance, regulation, tax law, construction law, residential and commercial development, closings, negotiation, planning strategies and drafting.
LLM in Taxation
Miami Law's program focuses on building a better tax lawyer who develops the "tax sense" necessary to resolve tax problems with confidence. The location in Miami—the pivot point between South America, North America, and Europe—enables the LLM program to draw upon the region's diverse perspectives and career-building opportunities. Several courses are co-taught by US and non-US tax lawyers. The curriculum also offers strong high-net worth and international courses.
There is an International Tax Concentration available, and Tax Tuesdays provide a space for practitioners and students to present and discuss areas of practice or current issues in tax.
LLM in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
This degree program is for non-U.S. lawyers only and is ideal for students who expect international tax law to play an important role in their professional careers, have a solid foundation in their own domestic tax system, and have enough experience to bring their own questions to the program.
Specifically, the degree benefits foreign attorneys who are practicing, or intend to practice, in or with Latin America in order to develop the niche market of structuring investments in and by Latin America, and foreign lawyers who are ready to delve into a more sophisticated tax practice and looking to understand enough U.S. tax law to work well with U.S. tax lawyers.
ONLINE LLM PROGRAMS Online LL.M. in Real Estate/Property Development
The Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development is also accessible in an online format to offer the same academic excellence and convenience for the working professional. Enroll part-time, starting in the fall or spring, with no career interruption, commuting or fixed class hours and no special software or computer skills are necessary.
Online LL.M. in Taxation of Cross-Border Investment
This degree program is also accessible in an online format and is specifically for foreign attorneys who are practicing, or intend to practice, in or with Latin America, and non-U.S./foreign lawyers who are ready to delve into a more sophisticated tax practice and looking to understand enough U.S. tax law to work well with U.S. tax lawyers.
LLM to JD Transfer
Miami Law is also one of the few law schools in the United States that offers graduates of international law schools the opportunity to apply and join the JD program after one year and to complete both degrees in a much shorter period of time.
LLM to SJD
Students admitted and enrolled in a Miami Law LLM program who are interested in the SJD Program, may be eligible to apply to the SJD during their ﬁrst semester at Miami Law, subject to approval of the SJD Director. If admitted, students may be able to reduce by one semester the duration of their SJD residency period and graduate a semester earlier if all other graduation requirements have been satisﬁed.
Scholarships and Funding
The University of Miami School of Law automatically considers all admitted students for scholarships based on merit, need, and available scholarship funds. Scholarship awards are limited and competitive, hence many students combine these with aid from other sources such as employers, governments, or another third party to meet the cost of attendance. Visit us online for more information or request information from any of our programs through our Graduate Programs Information Request form.