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.
In addition to telling us about applicant's academic potential, recommenders can highlight talents and characteristics in ways that the GPA and LSAT cannot. Choose recommenders who not only know you well but whom you feel will take the time to write you a strong letter (unfortunately, plugging in names on canned letters has become more commonplace). Once individuals have agreed to write the letter, give them your résumé and ask to spend a few minutes with them to answer any questions they may have. The more a recommender knows about the applicant, the more relevant and genuine the LOR will be. Give recommenders plenty of advance notice—you don't want your LORs to be written in haste.
Miami Law asks for two LORs. At least one (and preferably both) of these recommendations should be from a faculty member who is familiar with your academic performance. LORs can be very useful in our assessment of your ability to succeed and willingness to work hard. If you have two strong academic LORs and wish to submit additional letters, e.g., from someone who has knowledge of you in a professional setting or a leadership role, you may submit those as well (up to four). As far as LSAC's new optional standard evaluation, Miami will accept any combination of LORs and/or LSAC evaluation forms (whichever your recommender feels the most comfortable submitting for you).
7. Can you give a brief description of the life cycle of an application? What's the timeline applicants should expect?