Intensive English and International LLM Program

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Welcome to the University of Miami – Intensive English and International LL.M Program 

Miami Law LL.M. Graduate Programs help foreign-trained law students and lawyers raise their practice to new heights and deepen specialization. Students in the three semester LL.M. program are fully integrated into the Miami Law community and participate in the school’s academic networking and social events.

  • All classes in the three semester program are taught at Miami School of Law.
  • The program has a very low student-faculty ratio and faculty carefully review each student’s work and assignments.
  • Students are provided opportunities to meet with their professors and revise their work.

This program is offered through the School of Law at the University of Miami


Program Information

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  • About the Program

    During the first semester, students focus on achieving the English language and communication skills necessary to be successful in their LL.M. program. After successful completion of their first semester, students join their LL.M. and proceed with the regular course of studies selecting courses from Miami Law’s extensive Course Catalog based on their interests and career goals.

  • Who should consider this program?

    This three-semester program is designed for qualified law students who need to improve their English proficiency before they immerse themselves into their LL.M. program of study. Miami Law requires applicants to the regular LL.M. program to have a minimum TOEFL score of 92 or a minimum required IELTS score of 7.0. Applicants with scores both above and below the target scores may apply to this program.

  • Course Descriptions

    Introduction to Legal Communication and Writing

    This course, specifically designed for foreign students enrolled in the Intensive Legal English + LL.M. program, helps develop U.S. legal reasoning, writing, and communication skills. Students learn how to read and analyze U.S. law, write summaries of legal opinions and statutes, and prepare legal correspondence. Students also receive training in professionalism and other essential communication skills. This course uses many activities including, reading materials, lectures, in-class activities, writing exercises and assignments, and detailed individualized feedback. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to read, synthesize, and summarize United States cases and statutes, both verbally and in writing.

    Introduction to Legal Research

    The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to U.S. legal research and to the sources of law. It focuses on the organization of legal information, the types of legal information, and how to find relevant information. Resources include electronic tools and some print sources, and students develop basic skills to understand what sources are appropriate for research, and what level of authority the sources have.

    Oral Communication for LL.M.

    This course refines oral communication skills of international students in the Intensive Legal English + LL.M. program. Speaking clearly and persuasively to a variety of legal and lay-audiences is an essential skill in law school and the practice of law. Students practice debating, leading and participating in discussions related to the law, and preparing and delivering at least two formal presentations about cases. The course also focuses on role plays involving phone calls, interviews, mediation and negotiation. Grammar and pronunciation lessons are presented, monitored and edited both by the instructor and the students themselves. A central component of the course is mastery of both general academic and legal vocabulary.

    Reading and Writing for LL.M.

    This course refines reading and writing skills of international students in the Intensive Legal English + LL.M. program. The course integrates reading comprehension with grammar and writing skill-building activities and assignments. Furthermore the course provides a variety of reading materials to both expand students’ knowledge of English language legal terminology as well as foundational concepts relevant to the U.S. legal system. Students are introduced to varied writing styles with an emphasis on persuasion, argument, and critical analysis, and they are provided opportunities to meet with their instructor and revise their written work.

  • Dates

    This program starts in the Spring semester in January.

  • Testimonials

    "The LLM with Intensive English is the program that I was looking for. As a student in this program you will have to prepare for a lot of lectures, reading, and homework, but all of the effort and hard work that you put into the program will be beneficial as they provide the base for your next step at Miami Law. After I complete my LL.M. I plan to take the New York Bar and practice Immigration Law."
    Miguel Molano, Venezuela
    Universidad Catolica Andres Bello


    "Going back to Law School in a foreign country is a challenge. I decided to enroll in this program because it was the best option for me. It has been the first step to get the high quality education I was looking for. Now I am planning on completing my JD in addition to my LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law."
    Lorena Senra, Spain
    Universidad de Vigo


    "Enrolling in the three semester LLM has provided me the opportunity to improve my legal English and engage in the Miami Law legal community. UM is like a small town inside of a big city and starting the program a semester earlier has given me the time I needed to acclimate, make friends at the law school, and explore Miami."
    Hesham Khan, Saudi Arabia
    King Abdulaziz University