Set in one of the “most unique cities in the U.S.,” students flock to the University of Miami School of Law for its “incredibly diverse” student body, “accomplished, approachable” professors and the incredible “weather.” UM Law provides all of the advantages of being on the doorstep of a vibrant legal and business community while also offering a location on the university’s beautiful main campus in Coral Gables. Corporate, international, and intellectual property law are among the school’s strengths. In addition to pursuing a typical JD degree, UM Law offers five LLM programs including International Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning, and Tax Law. Students also have the opportunity to pursue joint degree programs, combining their JD/LLM degrees and JD/master’s degrees in Business Administration, Music Business and Entertainment Industries, Marine Affairs, Communications, and Public Health.The student body at UM is “incredibly diverse in terms of work and life experience.” Some say, “The student body is too large for comfort,” but at least the crowd is impressive. Students say their peers are “highly intelligent, driven people.” Students say they are “quite impressed with professors and their accomplishments.” “Beyond office hours, they are available to their students.” Given the large class sizes, “Professors expect students to be prepared for class and to work hard.” In return, “They take an active interest in the students’ learning, and generally treat students as younger colleagues.” When it comes to professorial accolades, students say that, for the most part, there are plenty of opportunities to learn from the best: “Miami is a flashy city with lots to do, and the accolades of the faculty speak to that big-city, flashy, sleek, Miami feel especially well.” The administration is “very diverse, intelligent, and engaging.” “We gain access to a variety of famous speakers and experts in the legal community.” Due to Miami’s reputation of being an international hub, “particularly with South America we receive great visiting professors from that area in the fields of international transactions and arbitration/mediation.” Despite the beauty of the law school’s campus, the facilities themselves “are aging,” and the classrooms are “too small,” and are “not up-to-date in terms of technology.” Fortunately, “New facilities are in the works” and a project to upgrade the technology standards both within the classroom and school facilities was completed in 2013. As it stands, “The law library and undergrad library are outstanding. Although it lacks computers, everyone has laptops complete with wireless network accessibility.” The librarians “continually provide training in both Lexis and Westlaw which [is] quite helpful.” Others note, “The new administration has started to overhaul how the school is run.” “I am very optimistic about the direction the law school is taking under Dean Patricia White. She has already done wonderful things in [a] short time at the law school. Her accomplishments range from grand (a new building scheduled to be completed in two years in addition to a complete overhaul of our writing program) to subtle (more clinical space, no increase in tuition, and greater accessibility to the students than the prior administration).” In recent years, “UM [has] made significant increases in clinical opportunities. There are so many clinical opportunities now that picking between them is a tough choice.”Beyond the occasional griping about the facilities, students’ only major complaint is the limited resources for students planning on practicing outside the Florida area. However, for those looking to put down their legal roots in Florida, “as the only premier law school in the South Florida–area…students [here] have a tremendous advantage in the local (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, etc.) job markets. Local employers love Miami Law students, and it makes networking very easy.” The school also recently created the Legal Corp program, a postgraduate fellowship that places recent law graduates in public sector organizations nationwide.
- The Princeton Review