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University of Miami School of Law

Students enrolled in the full-time Juris Doctor (J.D.) program usually complete the degree requirements in three years. A minimum of 88 credits is required for the degree. Students register for 32 credits in their first year. The University of Miami School of Law grades students according to the traditional four-point system, in which a D converts to one point and an A to four points. A cumulative average of 2.0 or above is required for the J.D.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1307
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.14 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.08%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85.2%
Tuition $42,938

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About University of Miami School of Law

Students enrolled in the full-time Juris Doctor (J.D.) program usually complete the degree requirements in three years. A minimum of 88 credits is required for the degree. Students register for 32 credits in their first year. The University of Miami School of Law grades students according to the traditional four-point system, in which a D converts to one point and an A to four points. A cumulative average of 2.0 or above is required for the J.D.

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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

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 36

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 430

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

The JD/LLM/MBA takes four years to complete. This program is the first-of-its-kind triple-degree program for business majors. The JD/MBA; JD/MPH in Public Health; and the JD/MPS in Marine Affairs all take 4 years to complete. The JD/MM in Music Business and Entertainment Industries takes between 3-4 years while the JD/MA in Communications, JD/LL.M in International Law, JD/LL.M in Ocean and Coastal Law, JD/LL.M in Real Property Development, and the JD/LL.M in Taxation each take approximately 3 1/2 years to complete.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 172
Full-Time Faculty 86
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 21
Part-Time Faculty 65
Faculty Gender 54% Male
45% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 58%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 20%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,938 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $42,938 $42,938

Financial Aid

83% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$63,555 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: July 31

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

University of Miami School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 159
LSAT Total 155 - 159

University of Miami School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.14 - 3.57
Total 3.14 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#9 Most Diverse Faculty

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 125
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85%
Average Starting Salary $62,500
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 106 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 37 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 11 9%
Firm Sized 51-100 11 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 9 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 17 4%
Business Industry 72 18%
Government 60 15%
Public Interest 30 8%
Federal Clerkship 8 2%
State Clerkship 17 4%
Academia 5 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 26 6%
Unemployed, Seeking 8 2%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 17 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 5%
DC 6%
FL 69%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Miami School of Law include:

  • Sue M. Cobb - Former State of Florida Secretary of State; Former US Ambassador to Jamaica
  • Dennis Curran - Sr. VP/Gen. Counsel, NFL Management Council
  • Roy Black - Prominent Criminal Defense Attorney, Legal Expert
  • Carolyn B. Lamm - Partner, White & Case (D.C); Former ABA President
  • The Honorable Fred Lewis - Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court

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