Courses & Requirements - U.S. and Transnational Law LL.M. for Foreign-Trained Lawyers

In the program, students engage in a comparative study of the U.S. with the country in which they earned their law degree and those of their classmates and colleagues. With only 2 required courses in this LL.M., you can choose from 300+ courses from our J.D. and LL.M. course catalogs to customize your LL.M. journey to create your course of study.

Credit Requirements

Students must complete 24 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.30/4.00 in order to receive the degree, and many students pursue different paths in reaching this goal.

Most students will take an additional two courses in the fall semester and four courses in the spring semester. Students must have 24 credits to graduate, and the exact number of courses taken depends on how many credits are associated with each course. Students studying on less than a full time basis should begin with the two required courses in the fall semester.

Rita Chertorivski"Thanks to my LL.M at UM I had the opportunity to meet incredible people from all around the world. It opened the door to a great professional network."

Rita Chertorivski, LL.M. '13
Mexican University, Ibero-American University
Senior Vice President Business Legal Affairs - Global Entertainment, TelevisaUnivision

Required Courses

These courses are intended to give a foundation in American common law doctrine as well as the approach to written analysis in this system.

  • Introduction to U.S. Law (this requirement may also be satisfied with Constitutional Law)
  • Legal Communication & Research

U.S. Law Courses

Some students are particularly interested in taking courses that will introduce them to the American Legal System. One approach would be to register for some of the first year required courses J.D. student take including: Contracts, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property Law, Constitutional Law I, and Criminal Procedure.

In addition, many of our foreign students take upper-level courses such as Business Associations and those that relate to individual, long-term professional interests. 

New York Bar Subjects

In addition, this LL.M. allows foreign trained attorneys to sit for the Bar Exam in several states, the most common being New York. With the New York Bar, students can practice Federal Law in any of the 50 states and serve as Corporate Counsel within a corporation. Foreign law graduates wishing to pursue the NY Bar exam upon completion of the LL.M. , should consult the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.

For LL.M. New York Bar, required coursework at Miami Law would include:

  1. Professional Responsibility;
  2. Research;
  3. Introduction to U.S. Law and
  4. A minimum of six hours in other course subjects tested on the New York State Bar Examination. Courses include: Business Associations, Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Conflict of Laws, U.S. Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Procedure Adjudication, Substantive Criminal Law, Evidence, Family Law, Property, Real Estate Transactions Workshop, Torts, Trusts & Estates, Commercial Law I

Other International and Comparative Law Courses

Many students are most interested in our varied international and comparative law courses. Listed below are popular choices from past years, as well as some new course offerings. For a full listing of upcoming courses, visit the law school course catalogue on CourseLink.

International Business and Trade Courses

  • Doing Business in Latin America
  • International Investment and Negotiations
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Economic Law
  • International Sales
  • International Tax

International Law Courses

  • International Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Copyright
  • International Moot Court
  • International Criminal Law

Dispute Resolution Courses

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation Workshop
  • International Commercial Arbitration Seminar
  • Negotiation
  • ADR Design Systems
  • International Sports Law

Immigration Courses

  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Strategy and Removal Defense
  • Advanced Immigration Seminar
  • Citizenship Seminar

Maritime Law Courses

  • Law of the Sea
  • Admiralty
  • Coastal Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Marine Insurance 
  • Marine Ecology & Law 
  • Maritime Personal Injury

Courses Taught in Spanish

Miami Law does offer several courses in Spanish.

These courses are intended for law students who are bilingual and will benefit from the practical use of the language in a legal setting.

We encourage native Spanish speakers to only take courses taught in English to maximize their exposure and technical knowledge of legal English.

View Course Catalogue on CourseLink

Augusto Aragone“The LL.M. was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had. The opportunity to interact with a diverse student body, as well as an experienced and accessible faculty, broadened my perspective on quite a few subjects.”

Augusto Aragone, LL.M. ’06
Uruguay State University, Uruguay
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Ingram Micro
Irvine, CA

Study Tracks

The International Law LL.M. allows students enrolled in the U.S and Transnational Law specialization to hone their specific interest with a choice of two tracks: the Experiential Learning Track and the Academic Track.

Students must choose a track upon enrollment in the LL.M. Program. Students may change their selection up until the relevant deadline in their second semester of studies (Feb. 15 for Spring, Oct. 15 for Fall).

Students who are on the Experiential Learning Track are required to complete one supervised, hands-on training experience in a workplace related to their area of study through

  1. A pre-approved placement in the International Law LL.M. Practicum Program or,
  2. Miami Law's Career Development Office Externship Program, or,
  3. Through a placement that a student secured him/herself and that can be converted into a practicum or field placement. Practicum/externship placements are part-time and range from 1-3 credits (i.e. 40-120 placement hours per semester).
    1. As part of the practicum/externship program, students are required to attend a number of on-campus lectures.
    2. Students participating in the International Law LL.M. Practicum or Externship Programs will be enrolled in the corresponding academic for-credit course (i.e. LL.M. Practicum I or II, Externship I, II or III) during the semester of their placement. 
    3. Students on the Experiential Learning Track who are unable to secure a practicum or placement despite diligent efforts on their part may in exceptional circumstances fulfill this requirement by taking additional hands-on lawyering skills courses.

Students in the International Law LL.M. who are on the Academic Track can fulfill all graduation requirements by taking general, writing or skills courses and are not required to complete hands-on training experiences in a workplace.

Graduation Requirements

The LL.M. Practicum/Externship counts towards the overall number of required credits for the International Law LL.M. Moreover, students in the International J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program may earn Skills credit required for the J.D. degree through the LL.M. Practicum/Externship.

CPT Requirement for Students on an F-1 Visa Only

International students in F-1 status are required to obtain authorization for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from the Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) prior to engaging in paid or unpaid practical training.