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University of Miami School of Law
Parent school University of Miami
Established 1926
School type Private non-profit
Endowment $736 million
Dean Patricia D. White
Location Coral Gables, FL, US
Enrollment 1208
Faculty 70 (full time)
107 (part time)
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USNWR ranking 77
Bar pass rate 83.9%
Annual tuition $38,024
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University of Miami School of Law is located in Coral Gables, FL

The University of Miami School of Law, founded in 1926, is the law school of the University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida, in the United States. The school graduated its first class of 13 students in 1929.[1]


From 1948 to 2002, the law school had an evening division for part-time students.[2] Starting in 1952, the school started offering an LL.M. degree in taxation.[2] In 1957, UM began to offer an LL.M. in Inter-American Law, and the Masters of Comparative Law (now an LL.M.) was first offered in 1959. In 1998, the school decided to reduce the size of its entering JD classes by 15 percent.[2]

In 2002, the school established the "Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy" (Abess Center) with the mission to bridge the gap that separates science from environmental policy and law, through innovative, inter-disciplinary initiatives.[2]

The University of Miami School of Law also offers extensive "Public Interest Programs" and opportunities, including the "Center for Ethics and Public Service" that offers in-house clinics and educational programs including the "Children and Youth Law Clinic", "Health and Elder Law Clinic", and "Corporate & Professional Responsibility Program". The HOPE Public Interest Resource Center at the University of Miami School of Law gives students the opportunity to get involved in over 25 different projects each year, reaching various underserved and at-risk populations locally, nationally, and abroad.

The school also offers three official joint degree programs (in business, public health and marine affairs[3]) and seven LL.M. programs for post-graduate-level law study. The "Academic Achievement Program" and the "James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Program" provide participating students additional tools to succeed in law school. Other special programs at the law school include four "Summer Abroad Programs", one each in London, England and Spain and two involving multiple European nations (Greece, Italy, and London) and (Greece, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain).

The University of Miami School of Law is the host of the annual "Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning," a conference for estate planning professionals. The law school also hosts an annual symposium for psychology, public policy, and law.


Walkway leading to the Otto G. Richter Library at the University of Miami

The University of Miami School of Law is located on the main campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, just six miles southeast of Miami, the 7th largest city in the nation. The School of Law is centered around a central courtyard called the "Bricks." The Law Library has a collection of over 600,000 volumes in print and microform, and subscribes to a large and ever-expanding list of electronic resources.[4]

The University of Miami campus is served by the Miami Metrorail at the University Station.


Due to the size of the faculty, the University of Miami School of Law is able to provide an extensive curriculum selection for second and third year students. First year students take a series of required courses covering the theory and substance of the law while exploring the political, commercial, and social dimensions of legal institutions. In addition to the required courses, first year students also are permitted to choose one elective in their second semester.

Law students at the University of Miami have the opportunity to combine their J.D. degrees with master's degrees in business administration, communications, music business, public health, or marine affairs. There is also a joint J.D./LL.M. program where students can complete both degrees in seven semesters in the areas of Taxation, International Law, Ocean and Coastal Law, and Real Property Development. The law school also offers programs leading to a master of laws (LL.M.) degree in taxation, estate planning, real property, comparative law, inter-American law, international law, and ocean and coastal law.


The University of Miami School of Law has a total student body of approximately 1,250. For the class of 2013, 42% are female, 29% are minorities, 50% come from out-of-state, 55% speak more than one language, and 50% enroll directly after graduating from college. Students range in age from 20 to 42. The 75th/25th percentiles for the LSAT are 160/156 and for undergraduate GPA are 3.60/3.16. Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $37,418 for continuing students and $38,918 for new students.

Student activities

The school offers students the opportunity to compete for membership on both the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board as well as the International Moot Court Board. Both boards make up Miami's Moot Court Board which is currently ranked 14th in the nation.[5] The Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board hosts a Negotiation Competition, Mock Trial Competition, Fall and Spring C. Clyde Atkins Advanced Moot Court Competitions, and the John T. Gaubatz 1L Competition. Also, the board participates in numerous inter-school competitions across the country. Most recently, the Charles C. Papy Moot Court Board advanced to the finals of the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition, with one team member taking home the Best Oralist Award.[6]

The International Moot Court Board offers student's who are interested in pursuing careers in International Law the opportunity to compete in a range of both public and private law competitions held around the world. The law school hosts a pre-moot for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot each spring which attracts schools from Europe, Central and South America. In competition, the International Moot Court Board most recently took home a 2nd place finish at the International Criminal Court's Moot Court Competition in The Hague, winning two of the top three oralist awards.[7] The strength of the law school's International Arbitration department has enabled the International Moot Court Board to achieve a string of successes in Arbitration competitions in the past few years. This past year, the International Moot Court Board was able to win 1st place in their first appearance in the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition held in Frankfurt, Germany.[8] Moreover, the Board's team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, held in Vienna, Austria, has consistently taken home "Honorable Mentions" for Best Oralist over the last four years and finished a personal best 14th out of 252 schools in 2010.[9]

The University of Miami's School of Law offers participation in student activities. The Student Bar Association, ("S.B.A."), serves as the law school's student government and works closely with the faculty and administration to improve student life on the campus. The S.B.A. also acts as a conduit to the American Bar Association, and the school's SBA President and the elected A.B.A. Representative serve as delegates to the national convention of S.B.A. Presidents and A.B.A. Representatives at the A.B.A. annual meeting. The Law School also has a student-run Honor Council, which investigates and adjudicates alleged violations of the Honor Code of the School of Law. It is chaired by the Honor Council President.


The law school publishes five law reviews:

The Res Ipsa Loquitor is the Law School's former school newspaper.

Alumni and job placement

The University of Miami School of Law has more than 20,000 alumni practicing law throughout the United States and nearly eighty countries around the world.

The job placement rate for graduates of the University of Miami School of Law is greater than or equal to the average national job placement rate for the past six years. Within nine months of graduation, slightly more than 90% of the Class of 2006 was employed and nearly 4% of the class was enrolled in a full-time graduate degree program. Most of the 2006 graduates – 69.5% – are working in law firms. Other graduates are working in federal, state and local government agencies (12.5%); corporations, banks and other corporate entities (7%); public interest organizations (5.5%); and academia (1.5%). Four percent of the graduates are clerking with federal and state court judges. Furthermore, 78% of the Class of 2006 began their legal careers in the Southeast, 9% moved West, 8% moved to the Northeast, 5% moved to the Midwest, and South/Central area of the country. [citation needed]

Currently, the University of Miami School of Law is only able to place 56.1% of its 1,334 full-time students in jobs at graduation.[10]

University of Miami School of Law Deans

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