Miami – A World of Opportunity and Springboard to Your Career

There is no place for law students like Miami.

It is well known that the city is vibrant and abounds with culture and outdoor advantages. It is also a dynamic metropolis for job growth and provides a wealth of professional prospects for networking, internships, and externships that are incredible opportunities to turn your professional aspirations into practice. As a Miami Law student, you will benefit from being at the doorstep to strong ties to institutions and organizations where thousands of Miami Law alumni are practicing, for hands-on legal training.

We Are Young, Growing, and Diverse 

50%

Nealy half of the population is under the age of 39. Miami offers a youthful, talented population and a booming downtown urban area attracting highly educated professionals.

#1

We are the biggest county in Florida (by population) and #7 biggest in U.S. and the 4th fastest growing large U.S. city.

100+

Languages are spoken by Miami's 2.7 million residents.

 

Major Corporate Presence 

Did you know that beyond the beaches Miami is the 4th-largest economy in the U.S. and the 16th largest in the world and there are 1400+ businesses headquartered here? In 2020 New York-based investment management firm Blackstone relocated their technology office to Miami’s Central Business District.


  • ADT
  • AutoNation
  • Burger King Worldwide
  • Carnival Corporation
  • Citrix Systems
  • Fresh Del Monte Produce
  • HEICO
  • Lennar
  • MasTec
  • Office Depot
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Ryder System
  • Spirit Airlines
  • World Fuel Services

  • Brightstar Corp.
  • Chiquita Brands International
  • Hard Rock International
  • H.I.G. Capital Management
  • MBF Healthcare Partners
  • Related Group
  • Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits
  • Trivest Partners

  • American Airlines
  • Benihana
  • Catepillar
  • DHL Express
  • Hard Rock International
  • Heineken Americas
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hilton International
  • Kraft foods
  • L’Oreal
  • Novartis Latin America Services
  • Sony Electronics
  • Telefonica USA
  • Telemundo Communications Group

Legal Community Powerhouse

Miami is home to thousands of law firms covering a breadth of industries. According to the FL Bar, as of Jan 1, 2020, Florida was the third fastest-growing state in the nation for lawyers since 2011.

Recent Big Law firm moves to Miami include:

  • King & Spalding
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Polsinelli
  • Reed Smith
  • Sidley Austin
  • Winston & Strawn
  • Quinn & Emanuel 

Miami-Dade County had the largest number of attorneys in the state of Florida – 16,237. Also, Miami is a top 10 metropolitan area with the highest average wage for lawyers according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • Major Firms

    Greenberg Traurig, founded in Miami, and Holland and Knight, based in Miami, are top 50 private companies in the state of Florida.

    Of the 25 largest law firms in the U.S. by number of attorneys, 17 have a Miami office.

    The majority of the biggest firms in Florida are headquartered in Miami. There are also many firms with an international focus.

  • Multiple Courts

    Federal Courts:
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
    • U.S Immigration Court
    • U.S. Tax Court
    State Courts:
    • Third District Court of Appeal
    • Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, which has separate civil, criminal, and family law courthouses.  

  • Diversity of Attorneys

    According to the ABA’s 2021 Profile of the Legal Profession Report - of all law firm partners in Miami are lawyers of color – the largest percentage in the country; and FL is top 5 for Gender and Race of State Supreme Court Justices.

  • Numerous Bar Associations

    • America Immigration Lawyers Association
    • American Brazilian International Lawyers Association
    • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South FL
    • Association of Corporate Counsel South FL
    • Caribbean Bar Association
    • Cuban American Bar Association
    • Florida Muslim Bar Association
    • FL Association for Women Lawyers
    • Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association of South FL
    • Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association
    • Haitian Lawyers Association
    • Hispanic Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Law Association of FL
    • Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association
    • National Black Prosecutors Association
    • Nicaraguan-American Bar Association
    • Russian-American Bar Association

    Source: The Florida Bar - Voluntary Bar Associations

International Business Gateway 

As the second largest global banking center in the U.S., it is no surprise that worldwide business flows through Miami.

We have #2 most foreign consulates, trade offices and binational Chambers of commerce (100+) of U.S. cities, and Miami is the #1 market in the nation for international real estate buyers.

PortMiami is the busiest cruise port in the world in both passenger traffic and cruise lines and FL seaports account for the largest tonnage of cargo than any other state.

Trade -Miami Customs District

One of the top 10 in the U.S. - companies from throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia take advantage of Miami-Dade’s strategic hemispheric location to connect with trading partners around the world.

Airport and Ports

Miami’s International Airport has 100+ airlines and 1,000 daily direct flights to domestic and international locations.

  • #1 in international freight
  • #2 busiest in U.S. for international passengers
  • #1 container port in Florida

Technology Hub and Startup Sector 

Miami earned its nickname ‘The Magic City’ for its rapid urban growth in the late 19th century, and over the last few years the city has jumped on the map as a growing international tech and startup hub. In terms of innovation, Miami shines in Florida – the state considered #1 for eCommerce. In February 2022 CIO (Chief Information Officer) ranked Miami as a top 4 tech hub, in January 2021 Forbes called Miami the “next great tech hub,” and jobs in the technology sector increased 88% in 2021. In June 2021, Blockchain.com, the leading institutional crypto solutions provider, moved its U.S. headquarters from New York City to Miami. Per 2020 The Kauffman Index and Kauffman Foundation 2019 Miami is:

#2  most entrepreneurial city in the U.S. with 247.6 startups per 100,000 people = highest U.S. startup density  

#6  for U.S. Small Business Activity
 

Health Care Industry  

Miami’s entrepreneurial climate has nurtured successful biomedical, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies, and today, it is home to industry leaders. A major asset for the region is the University of Miami’s Life Science Park, a catalyst that brings faculty, scientists, students, and entrepreneurs together to encourage collaboration and innovation. Apotex, the largest pharmaceutical company in Canada and the seventh largest general pharmaceutical company in the world, is developing a new research and development center and an advanced manufacturing and packaging facility in Miami. In 2021, the leading industry in Miami-Dade County was Health Care. 

 

  • Beckman Coulter
  • BD Biosciences
  • Cordis
  • Ferring Pharmaceutical
  • Merck
  • Nipro Medical Corporation
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp
  • Noven Pharmaceuticals
  • Schering-Plough
  • Teva Pharmaceutical

The largest private employer in Miami is Baptist Health South Florida. Also, University of Miami Health System affords law students many avenues for networking, internships, and externships 

Miami airport was the first in the U.S. and the second in the world to snare a "Pharma Hub" designation by the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA) - a certification for the handling of pharmaceuticals - given to Miami as a center for pharmaceutical logistics due to its point of entry to Latin America.

Military in Miami 

The military has a presence in South Florida and offers opportunities to understand the interface between the armed forces and the law and how the miliitary, the government, and the legal system interconnect.

The Coast Guard

The Coast Guard’s 7th District Headquarters is in Miami and about 8 miles from campus. It is responsible for Coast Guard activities throughout a 1.7 million square mile area including Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and 34 foreign nations and territories. Many students and graduates of our Maritime Law program have worked at the 7th District. 

U.S. Southern Command

Just 12 miles from campus and one of 11 Combatant Commands in the Department of Defense, SOUTHCOM provides planning, operations, and security in Central and South America and The Caribbean (plus the Panama Canal). Under the leadership of a four-star commander, it has 1,200+ military and civilian personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and several federal agencies. 

Air Force

Air Force Reserve Command's 482nd Fighter Wing, one of ten Major Commands (MAJCOMS) in the U.S. Air Force, is the host unit at Homestead Air Reserve Base about 23 miles from campus.  There are also tenant organizations that operate at Homestead Air Reserve Base, using the services and infrastructure of the Air Force Reserve installation.

Nonprofit Sector 

According to the “2020: Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Sector in Miami-Dade County” report, there are over 10,000 nonprofits in Miami-Dade County with a total economic impact of $23.7 billion. Also 94% of charitable nonprofits are local and 32% of all non-profits in FL are in the Southeast. These organizations provide comprehensive solutions and crucial services to the myriad issues in Miami’s growing community. Per the IRS Business Master File, September 2019, the largest number of charities are in the areas of health care, the arts, the environment, and community foundations. Miami Law’s clinical programs are based on partnerships with major public-interest offices around Miami that allow you to work alongside seasoned practitioners. 

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  • Arts & Culture

    Adrienne Arsht Center 
    Perez Art Museum 
    South Florida PBS 
    Museum of Science

  • Environmental

    Audubon Florida 
    Billfish Foundation 
    EarthJustice 
    Environmental Defense Fund 
    Environmental Protection Agency 
    Everglades Law Center 
    Florida Sea Grant  
    International Seakeepers Society 
    Marine Highway Program 
    Miami Waterkeeper   
    National Parks Conservation Association  
    The Everglades Foundation 

  • International

    American Nicaraguan Foundation 
    Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical 
    Instituto Centro Americano de Administracion de Empresas 
    Best Buddies International 
    Salvadoran American Humanitarian Foundation

  • Health

    Florida Department of Health 
    Florida Health Justice Project 
    University of Miami Health System  
    Miami VA Medical Center

  • Legal & Social Justice

    Americans for Immigrant Justice 
    Catholic Legal Services 
    Disability Independence Group  
    Florida Department of Children and Families 
    Florida Immigration Advocacy Center 
    Florida Justice Institute 
    Legal Services of Greater Miami   
    Miami Homes for All  
    Miami-Dade Legal Aid 
    National Labor Relations Board  
    Southern Poverty Law Center

Government Presence 

As the most connected metropolitan city in Florida, Miami boasts many local, state, and federal agencies and offices. You have opportunities to put deep theoretical knowledge into practice through externships at government offices or with federal and state courts. 

  • Department of Justice, Southern District of Florida
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 
  • Federal Detention Center 
  • Florida Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division 
  • Internal Revenue Service  
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration-NASA  
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-NOAA   
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender of the Southern District of Florida 
  • Office of the State Attorney 
  • U.S. Animal Plant Health Inspection  
  • U.S. Commerce Department 
  • U.S. Customs Service and Border Protection Office 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs 
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  
  • U.S. Health & Human Services Dept 
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Broward Transitional Center  
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Glades County Detention Center 
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Krome North Service Processing Center 
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission  
  • U.S. State Department - Bureau of Diplomatic Security 
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida    
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit