University of Miami School of Law
|University of Miami School of Law|
|Parent endowment||US $678.69 million|
|Dean||Patricia D. White|
|Location||Coral Gables, Florida, USA|
|Faculty||70 full time, 107 part time|
|Bar pass rate||79.3% (July '13)|
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.
From 1948 to 2002, the law school had an evening division for part-time students. Starting in 1952, the school started offering an LL.M. degree in taxation. 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.
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 several official joint-degree programs (in, among other things, business, public health and marine affairs), including 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.
For 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the law school 76th . U.S. News & World Report also ranked the University of Miami Law School within the top 20 schools that incur the highest average debt.
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 metropolitan area 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.
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 2016, 45% are female, 37% are minorities, 45% come from out-of-state, 52% speak more than one language, and 51% enroll directly after graduating from college. Students range in age from 18 to 52. The 75th/25th percentiles for the LSAT are 160/155 and for undergraduate GPA are 3.58/3.14. Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $39,856 for third-year students, $43,000 for second-year students, and $43,680 for first-year students.
The school offers students the opportunity to compete for membership on both the Charles C. Papy, Jr. Moot Court Board and the International Moot Court Board. Both boards make up Miami's Moot Court Board which is currently ranked 14th in the nation. 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 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.
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. 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. 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.
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 S.B.A. 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 University of Miami School of Law has a flagship student-edited law review and five other student-edited journals. Its flagship publication is the University of Miami Law Review. In addition, the school sponsors:
- Inter-American Law Review
- Business Law Review
- International & Comparative Law Review
- National Security & Armed Conflict Law Review
- Race and Social Justice Law Review
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. The American Bar Association reports that within nine months of graduation, slightly more than 70% of the 461 students in the Class of 2012 were employed in jobs requiring a JD. 42 of those positions were funded by the law school itself while another 34 students were reported unemployed. Most graduates (106 students) are employed in small law firms consisting of 2-10 attorneys followed by non-legal employment in business/industry (72 students). 26 out of the total 461 graduating students were placed in large law firms of 251+ lawyers.
University of Miami School of Law Deans
- Richmond Rasco
- Russell Rasco
- Wesley A. Sturges
- M. Minnette Massey
- Soia Mentschikoff
- Claude Sowle
- Mary E. Doyle
- Samuel C. Thompson
- Dennis O. Lynch
- Paul R. Verkuil
- Patricia D. White
- Bernard H. Oxman, law professor, and only American lawyer ever appointed to serve as judge ad hoc before both the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the International Court of Justice
- Jan Paulsson, law professor, international arbitration expert.
- Stephen Urice, law professor, cultural property expert.
- Marilyn Milian, adjunct law professor, host of The People's Court.
- Soia Mentschikoff, Dean and law professor, developed Uniform Commercial Code.
- Bruce Winick, law professor, mental health law expert.
- Dean Barrow (LL.M. 1981), Prime Minister of Belize.
- Roy Black (J.D. 1967), criminal defense attorney.
- Joseph A. Boyd, Jr. (LL.B. 1948), Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1969-1987, Chief Justice from 1984-1986.
- Ted Cabot (LL.B. 1953), United States District Court Judge.
- Pat Cannon (LL.B. 1931), United States Representative (1939-1947).
- Sue McCourt Cobb (J.D. 1972), former Florida Secretary of State, former U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica.
- Xavier Cortada (J.D. 1991), artist.
- A. Jay Cristol (J.D. 1959), Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
- Manny Diaz (J.D. 1980), former Mayor of the City of Miami.
- Dante Fascell (LL.B. 1938), United States Representative (1955-1993).
- Joe Garcia (J.D. 1991), United States Representative (2012–Present).
- Alan Stephen Gold (LL.M. 1974), United States District Court Judge.
- James J. Greco (J.D. 1983), CEO and President of Sbarro.
- Lawrence J. Hoffman, Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
- John A. Houston (J.D. 1977), United States District Court Judge.
- Patricia Ireland (J.D. 1975), former president of the National Organization for Women.
- Daryl Jones (J.D. 1987), former member, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives.
- Adalberto Jordan (J.D. 1987), United States Federal Appeals Judge.
- Gerald Kogan (LL.B. 1955), Justice of the Florida Supreme Court from 1987-1998, Chief Justice from 1986-1988.
- Carolyn Lamm, President of the American Bar Association (2012–Present).
- R. Fred Lewis (J.D. 1972), Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court (1998–Present).
- Jose E. Martinez (J.D. 1965), United States District Court Judge.
- Federico A. Moreno (J.D. 1978), Chief United States District Court Judge.
- Lenore Carrero Nesbitt (LL.B. 1957), United States District Court Judge.
- Barbara Parker (J.D.), Prominent mystery writer.
- Dustin Pead (J.D. 1998), United States Magistrate Judge.
- Alex Penelas (J.D. 1985), former Mayor of Dade County, Florida.
- Reince Priebus (J.D. 1998), Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
- Robin S. Rosenbaum (J.D. 1991), United States District Court Judge.
- Tom Rooney (J.D. 1998), United States Representative (2008–Present).
- Marco Rubio (J.D. 1996), United States Senator (2010–Present).
- Kenneth Ryskamp (J.D. 1956), United States District Court Judge.
- Maria Sachs (J.D.), United States Representative (2012–Present).
- Thomas E. Scott, Jr. (J.D. 1972), United States District Court Judge.
- Samuel Smith, former President of The Florida Bar.
- Robert H. Traurig (J.D. 1950), Founder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
- Marc Trestman (J.D. 1983), former UM Football Assistant Coach and current Head Coach of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.
- Gregg Wenzel (J.D. 1994), former operative for the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Kathleen M. Williams (J.D. 1982), United States District Court Judge.
- Ian Richards (Judge) (J.D. 2002), County Court Judge of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.
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