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Specifically designed for the foreign law graduate, the U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers specialization within the International Law LL.M. program welcomes 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. This one-year program is ideal for:
- International attorneys who want to learn about the U.S. legal system
- Individuals wanting to explore the field of international law outside of his or her own country
- Those looking for the possibility of practicing law in the U.S.
- Foreign attorneys who want to do an LL.M. and first need to improve English skills
“The LL.M. was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. The opportunity to interact with a diverse student body, as well as an experienced and accessible faculty, broadened my perspective on quite a few subjects.”
Augusto Aragone, LL.M. ’06
Uruguay State University, Uruguay
Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions at Ingram Micro
In Miami Law's Programs, each student has a different goal, whether it is returning home or remaining in the U.S. to practice law. For this reason, the program is tailored made on an individual basis depending on interests and career goals. Students work with the Program Director who serves as a personal Academic Advisor to arrive at the best possible individualized program for each student. As a foreign attorney, one’s background as well as future goals are considered.
Courses & Requirements
In the program, students engage in a comparative study of the U.S. legal system with that of the region where they earned their law degree and those of their classmates and colleagues. Students must complete 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.30/4.00 in order to receive the Masters of Law in International Law degree with specialization in U.S. and Transnational Law for Foreign Lawyers. Many students pursue different paths in reaching this goal.
Most students will take an additional two courses in the fall semester and four courses in the spring semester. Students must have 24 credits to graduate, and the exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course. Students studying on less than a full time basis should begin with the two required courses in the fall semester.
These courses are intended to give a foundation in American common law doctrine as well as the approach to written analysis in this system.
- Introduction to U.S. Law (this requirement may also be satisfied with Constitutional Law I)
- Legal Communication and Research
U.S. Law Courses
Some students are particularly interested in taking courses that will introduce them to the American Legal System. One approach would be to register for some of the first year required courses for J.D. students. First year students at UM are required to take: Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property Law, Constitutional Law I, and Criminal Procedure.
Some of these topics will be covered in the required Introduction to U.S. Law Course, but certainly not in the depth of the first year course. These courses tend to be quite comprehensive and extremely difficult. In the fall, students may choose among Contracts, Property, Torts and Civil Procedure.
The large majority of our foreign students will take Business Associations, which is offered in the fall semester. This course will provide an overview of the American Corporation; many students view this course as fundamental to their studies and long-term professional interests.
New York Bar Subjects
In addition, a Master of Laws allows foreign trained attorneys to sit for the Bar Exam in several states, the most common being New York. With the New York Bar, students can practice Federal Law in any of the 50 states and serve as Corporate Counsel within a corporation. Foreign law graduates wishing to pursue the NY Bar exam upon completion of the LL.M. program, should consult the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.
For LL.M. students pursuing the New York Bar, required coursework at Miami Law would include:
- Professional Responsibility;
- Legal Communication and Research;
- Introduction to US Law and
- A minimum of six credits hours in other course subjects tested on the New York State Bar Examination. Courses include: Business Associations, Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Conflict of Laws, U.S. Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure Adjudication, Substantive Criminal Law, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Real Estate Transactions Workshop, Torts, Trusts & Estates, Commercial Law I
International and Comparative Law Courses: Many students are most interested in our varied international and comparative law courses. See Listing.
Earn a J.D. Degree - Joint J.D./LL.M. Degree Program
University of Miami School of Law enables students in its International Graduate Law Programs the option of earning a joint J.D./LL.M. Students that are interested in applying to the joint J.D./LL.M. degree should consider taking in the fall semester one basic U.S. Law course that demonstrates his or her ability to handle J.D.-level work. It is also advantageous to study with at least one member of the tenure track faculty. By the spring semester students can discuss with an advisor other academic requirements that will need to be satisfied.