How to Get In: University of Miami School of Law

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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Additionally, Dean White constantly advocates on behalf of the law students: for the 2010-11 academic cycle, she negotiated no tuition increase as well as close to a $300 per credit tuition decrease for part-time attendance during the summer. 

Miami's new Law Without Walls offering (initiated under Dean White's leadership) is a collaborative, educational "course" implemented through work projects which develop creative ideas for how to solve current problems, issues, or inefficiencies in legal education and practice.

No other school in the country offers Miami's Student Development Program in which staff members (all of whom hold law degrees) connect with law students individually and work with them one on one to find greater success, satisfaction, and happiness during their law school years. 

Miami does not have a sink or swim mentality. We offer a culture of collaboration and an environment which encourages innovative ideas and opportunities. Serious but not stuffy, Miami celebrates and supports differences. 

Miami, while at the crossroads to Latin and South America and the Caribbean, has an international positioning that touches all areas of the globe.

Miami offers a combination of strengths: an outstanding faculty engaged not only in teaching but also mentoring our accomplished, active and multidimensional student body (a majority of whom are bilingual); our location on the University's gorgeous main campus is only 6 miles south of Miami's vibrant legal and business communities, all the courts (federal, circuit, appellate, family, bankruptcy, criminal, immigration etc.) and governmental agencies. 

Miami provides exceptional curricular offerings (200+ offered annually) from tax to environmental, entertainment and sports and ocean and coastal to estate planning and international law (which intersects with almost every area of law in the world we live in today). 

Miami's first year Legal Communication and Research Skills course is a comprehensive program taught by full-time instructors who guide students in creating efficient research designs, conducting sophisticated legal analysis, and drafting legal documents geared to the reality of practice, thereby becoming effective communicators on all levels. 

Miami's outstanding clinics, centers, and externships provide a strong balance between legal theory, classroom learning and hands-on opportunities. Laurence Tribe, a professor at Harvard Law, renowned constitutional scholar, and senior counselor for access to justice in the U.S. Department of Justice, recognized Miami's outstanding public interest programs and initiatives, stating in his 2010 commencement address, "Yours is among the finest array of law school clinics in the nation." 

Miami further demonstrates its commitment to public service through the Miami Scholars Program, a scholarship program that targets individuals who have a demonstrated interest in working for the public good. 

At the end of the day, you want a degree that is respected and travels well. Miami's Career Development Office has nine advisors with law degrees who specialize in specific career areas. They are all here to assist students in navigating the national and local job market. Further, our alumni base, near and far, is accomplished and supportive. 

While law schools are similar in many ways, Miami offers a dynamic that is not easy to describe—every day visitors who come here tell us the overall friendliness and excitement of the place—not to mention that the beauty of the campus and Miami in general—are different and refreshing. Visit our website and our campus and you'll see why Miami is really different in many interesting ways.

And finally, at Miami you can forget about ice, snow, and wind chill! 

6. What do you look for in recommendation letters? How important is it that the letter's writer has worked regularly with the candidate in an office or school setting?  

Applicants should be careful in selecting their recommenders. In most cases, we prefer to see at least one academic recommendation. Professors can assess applicants' academic work, overall skills, discipline, and potential to succeed in the rigorous environment of law school. If applicants have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to obtain recommendations from former professors, they may substitute recommendations of employers or other persons with whom they've worked closely. Applicants shouldn't presume anything when approaching their preferred recommenders. They should approach their recommenders by asking "Do you feel comfortable writing me a strong letter of recommendation?" If they hesitate, look down, etc., this will give applicants an indication of their tepid enthusiasm.