Parents & Partners of Law Students

As 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 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 mid-August to mid-May with a break in the winter and the spring. Evening summer sessions are optional.
  • In the first year, the typical day varies from student to student. However, in general, the earliest classes begin at 8 a.m. and the latest classes begin at 5 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, most students treat their law studies like a full-time job.
  • The University of Miami School of Law does not allow students to work their first year. In their second and third years, if a student chooses, he or she may work up to 20 hours per week.
  • The majority of students receive some kind of financial aid. There are scholarships, fellowships, and loans available to those who qualify.
  • Law students often spend their summers clerking for judges, interning at firms, working at public interest organizations, etc. 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. There are also summer abroad options, usually taken after the first year.

 Law Parents & Partners Committee (LPP)

Law Parents and Partners Committee (LPP) is an organization sponsored by Miami Law’s alumni office through which parents and partners can make a tangible difference in the lives of students. Join now.

Just as your son/daughter/spouse/partner has become enmeshed in law school, your life too has been engulfed by the law school experience. We encourage parents and partners to become involved in it as well by becoming a member of the LPP. Join now.

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

  • Law Parents & Partners provides refreshments for incoming students during Orientation—this is a great opportunity to welcome the students and help them in their transition to law school.
  • LPPA members also volunteer to open their homes to our out-of-town students for home-cooked meals and special holiday celebrations.
  • LPPA hosts an annual Welcome Reception for parents and partners of incoming law students, thereby providing an opportunity for new and "seasoned" parents and partners to meet with our faculty and administrators.

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

Law Parents & Partners Committee 2016 – 2017

Gelcys and Rafael E. Campo, M.D.

Lynne M. Kafka, Esq. and Carl A. Kafka, Esq.

Laura and Daniel Koffsky

Diana and Clifford R. Mermell, JD ’89

Cindi and The Honorable Martin G. Zilber, JD ’88

Assistant Dean Georgina A. Angones, Ex-Officio Member

Dean Janet E. Stearns, Ex-Officio Member

 Nursing Mothers & Lactation Rooms

In order to better support our students, staff, and faculty who are new mothers and wish to breastfeed their babies, the University of Miami provides multiple Nursing Mothers Rooms across the University's Coral Gables, Medical, and Rosenstiel Marine campuses. Each of the rooms provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to pump or nurse.  Use of the Nursing Mothers Rooms is optional for nursing mothers.  A private space within a nursing mother's building may also be used, if such space exists.

Each room provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to express milk or nurse during their time on campus. All rooms are equipped with a comfortable chair, a small table, and an electrical outlet. Additional Nursing Mothers Rooms are coming soon. As the locations are added, the list will be updated.

The rooms also feature a bulletin board for mothers to share news, ideas and baby pictures, connecting mothers across campuses. To locate the Nursing Mothers Rooms across the campuses, use the interactive map. A pdf version of this map is available here.

Location: Richter Library, 1300 Memorial Drive
Room: 119
Hours of Availability: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room Coordinator: Lourdes Garvey

Location: Canterbury Pre-School, 1150 Stanford Drive
Room: Main Office
Hours of Availability: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room Coordinator: Alison Harley

Location: McKnight Building, 5807 Ponce de Leon Blvd., 2nd Floor
Room: 204
Hours of Availability: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room Coordinator: Lourdes Rodriguez

Location: Gables One Tower, 1320 South Dixie Highway, 1st Floor
Room: 100S
Hours of Availability: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room Coordinator: Isis Serrano

 Childcare Options


The Bright Horizons at UM Canterbury Preschool (Age: zero to five years) is located on our Main Campus and Medical Campus and is only available to University of Miami Students, Faculty & Staff.  These independent centers offer quality child care and early education through Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs.  Bright Horizons’ comprehensive curriculum, low teacher-to-child ratios and small group sizes, active parent involvement, and experienced professional staff provides children and families an exceptional learning experience.

If you are interested in a place at one of these campus centers, you should visit and apply as early as possible as places are limited.  Generally, contracts run from September through July in the child care centers, although mid-year slots open occasionally.

To learn more about the on-campus child care centers:  Review contact information and rates

Coral Gables Child Care Center

  • Address: 1150 Stanford Drive , Coral Gables, FL 33146
  • Phone: 305-284-5437
  • Hours of Operation: M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep

Miami Medical Campus Child Care Center

  • Address: 1400 NW 10th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136
  • Phone: 305-243-3777
  • Hours of Operation: M-F: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep


High-quality, affordable child care is in high demand in the greater Miami area. One should choose a center that is close to your home or the University.  Because demand is high, it is recommended that parents visit and register their child as soon as possible.  The following list of daycare centers is designed to make your search a little easier:

Coral Gables

KLA School of Coral Gables

  • Address: 4573 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, 33146


Smart Starts Day School

South Miami Lutheran Preschool

  • Address: 7190 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143
  • Phone: (305) 661-3299
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep
  • Website:

South Miami

Child Care Center Inc.

  • Address: 5275 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143
  • Phone: (305) 666-2203
  • Ages Served: Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Kindergarten Prep
  • Website:

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

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
305-284-8084 •  •
The University of Miami Debate Team invites middle and high school students of all experience levels to participate in the Hurricane Debate Institute. 

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

305-284-5078 • •
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.

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

U MIAMI ATHLETICS—Coaches’ Private Summer Camp Information
U Miami Hurricanes Summer Camps Web Site
Athletics summer camps are administered by the coaches of each sport and are usually staffed by coaches and UM student athletes.

305-666-2992 •
Summer programs that offer a fun and creative approach to the world of day camps. Programs include MagicampJurassicampSpace and Rocket CampAmazing Science Camp and StarKidz!/Camp Idol.

888-709-TECH (8324) • iD Tech Camps Web Site
Summer kids’ camps and teen camps are designed for beginner to advanced learners.

305-233-8362 •
Summer camp for girls ages 4-11 that focuses on enriching young girls with self-esteem, leadership skills and important attributes for success.

866.303.4744 •
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.

305-630-3600 •
Summer camp for ages 5 - 12. Activities include outdoor sports, games, and educational field trips.

305-668-8499 • •
The Beaux Arts camp programs is designed for students ages 5-12.

305-284-4713 •
For children ages 5 - 12, the camp features swimming in an Olympic-sized pool.

 Enrolling A Child into Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Students transferring from out of state, other districts in Florida, or who are foreign born, must adhere to the same admission, and entrance requirements for registration. 

According to F.S. 1003.21, children must attain the age of 5 years of age on or before September 1 of the school year to meet the eligibility requirements for kindergarten; those who have attained the age of 6 years on or before September 1 of the school year, and provide evidence of satisfactorily completing kindergarten in a private school, or who otherwise meet the criteria for admission similar to other grades, shall progress according to the District’s student progression plan.  All children enrolling in a District school shall meet the immunization requirements in F.S.1003.22, and provide evidence of a physical examination.

School Board Policy 5112 - Entrance Requirements establishes the admission and registration requirements for students entering school. The following documents are to be provided upon initial registration:

All students are assigned to attend the school in the district where their parents/legal guardians reside, unless the child has received an assignment to another school through aParent Choice Student Transfer, or through Miami-Dade County Public Schools’School Choice & Parental Options.  To find your neighborhood’s area schools, you may access, select SchoolsFind your Neighborhood School.  The2015-2016 Initial Entry Registration Procedures Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) have been linked for your convenience.

 Family Things to Do in Miami

Fall Orientation and Welcome Reception for Law Parents and Partners

Law school is a shared experiece between students, partners, family members, and friends. The purpose of orientation is to illustrate to families and partners of law students the impact that law school has on law students. View video of the Orientation for Parents, Families and Partners that took place in August 2014. 
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Phone: 305-284-8616
When not on The Bricks or in the Student Lounge, students will find the AskUs team in A212A.

Dean of Students - Janet Stearns, Dean of Students and Lecturer in Law
Phone: 305-284-4551
Location: Suite A-212 (2nd floor behind the fountain)

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