Why Pick Miami Law? Top 10 Reasons

See the top 10 reasons students choose to study at University of Miami School of Law.

1. Learn Law at the Crossroads of the Americas

Miami and its South Florida location lend you an international perspective, exceptional career-building opportunities in courts, corporations and clinics, and rewarding careers in this exciting environment. No other law school in the nation is located in a region that affords this exceptional mix of diverse perspectives and opportunities. Some statistics*:

  • More than 100 countries represented and 100+ languages spoken
  • #2 International banking center in the U.S.
  • 1,400+ multi-national companies and #2 for foreign consulates and trade offices in the U.S.

2. Turn Your Legal Area of Interest into Practice with 18 Areas of Study

student libraryYou can focus your studies and choose from 8 concentrations and also take advantage of Miami Law's expertise in 18 legal areas of study including: Business, Criminal, Environmental, Family, Health Care, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, International, Immigration, Litigation, Real Estate, Social Justice, Sports & Entertainment, Technology and more.

Interdisciplinary study is another way to complement legal studies and Miami Law offers 20+ joint degree programs and 25+ study abroad options in 13 different countries.

3. Access Unparalleled Experiential Learning Opportunities

students courtroomYou have unparalleled experiential learning opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty, practitioners, and clients via externships and practicums. Lawyers in South Florida practice in numerous courts, including the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the area provides you access to dozens of agencies and courts - state, federal, trial, appellate, bankruptcy, immigration, family and more.

In Miami Law’s clinics you can get involved in relevant issues and make meaningful contributions in immigration law, family law, bankruptcy law and many more.

4. Draw Upon Distinguished Faculty

Drew Dawson teaching classroom

Miami attracts top local, national and international scholars to teach from our course catalog, including short courses in unique legal topics. With a 7:1 faculty/student ratio, Miami Law professors know your name and are engaged and approachable. They mentor students and bring to them their depth of experience as dedicated educators and have extensive expertise legal areas including: business, criminal, international, immigration, health care, entertainment and sports, intellectual property, and human rights.

5. Connect to an Alumni Community with Strong Career Outcomes

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With 22,000+ law alumni represented in all 50 states, D.C., several territories and 85 countries, you have access to an alumni network of professional support. Miami Law was #8 in numbers of Super Lawyers in 2023. Plus, in Law.com's 2022 Go-To Law School Report, the law school was a top 50 law school for the percentage of graduates in the largest U.S. 100 law firms and 25th in promotions to partner. Further, of the top 30 firms in the U.S., ranked by gross revenue, Miami Law has the most graduates leading these firms, second only to Harvard Law School according to the Am Law 100, 2023 Listing.

6. Join a Collaborative Community and Get the Support You Need

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Miami Law wants to see you succeed. There is a reason we have a great graduation rate - students are supported here. When you arrive you not only get access to the Dean of  Students office, but also a variety of advisors each specifically helping with academic guidance, career advising, professional support and personal satisfaction with law school. Miami Law offers a slew of wellness options.

Miami Law is challenging, but it is a collaborative community where students support and look out for each other. You can choose from 55+ student organizations and law reviews to join like-minded peers focused on business, environment, human rights and tax to legal areas of thought such as the Democratic Law Students Association and the Federalist Society. Affinity groups are also options including Miami Law Women, Black Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society and OUTLaw.

7. Study on a Great Campus with Unbeatable Weather

students in front of student centerThe University of Miami School of Law is on the 260-acre main campus of one of the largest private research universities in the U.S. with premier graduate schools with which the law school offers 20+ joint degrees including the Frost School of Music, Miller School of Medicine, Rosensteil School of Marine, Atmospheric and Earth Science, and School of Business Administration.

The law school's proximity to 20 beaches, the Port of Miami, and Everglades National Park enables students to specialize in Environmental Law and Maritime/Admiralty Law.

Miami enjoys a tropical climate with summers similar to those of the Caribbean and mostly dry winters in the 60s and 70s. With more than 500 public parks, South Florida is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. 

8. Partake in Miami's Emergence as a Hub for Innovation & Business

Miami ocean with fireworks and downtownDid you know in The 2020 The Kauffman Index, which measures new business creation, named Miami #1 for highest startup density and the country's #2 most entrepreneurial city?

Home to nearly 1,400 corporations, Miami hosts the headquarters for multinational corporations including Disney, Sony, and FedEx; and dozens of headquarters for U.S. companies, including Office Depot, American Airlines, and Hewlett-Packard.

You can take advantage of the location specializing in business law, real estate, immigration, intellectual property, or international law.

Federal agencies – including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – have offices here. As the largest financial capital in the U.S. after New York City, South Florida has become a leading center of international tax planning, arbitration, and asset management.

9. Participate in Vibrant Culture & Sports

wynwood art gallery with peopleLaw students capitalize on Miami's culture-rich environment to specialize in entertainment law, sports law, arts law, music industry and live entertainment management.

Miami boasts a thriving international arts community with the world-acclaimed City Ballet, film festivals, and music venues offering opera and classical to contemporary performances. The City is host to Art Basel – one of the most important art shows in the world – and has the Perez Art Museum, Wynwood Walls, as well as many other cultural offerings.

For sports fans, South Florida is home to professional teams for all of the major sports including the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, Miami Marlins, Inter Miami CF, and Florida Panthers – and certainly not least, Miami Hurricanes sporting events. The University of Miami campus is also replete with culture as home to the Lowe Art Museum and the Beaux Art Festival, Miami's oldest juried fine arts fair.

10. Experience Coral Gables: A Great Neighborhood for a University

coral gables skylineCoral Gables, known as one of Florida's most desirable residential areas, offers all the benefits of large-city living in a relaxed suburban setting. Its main street, Miracle Mile, is filled with restaurants and shops. Next door to Coral Gables is the Greater Miami area with many distinctive neighborhoods where students live such as South Miami, Dadeland, Coconut Grove, Brickell, Wynwood, the Art Deco inspired South Beach, and "Little Havana."

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