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The University of Miami School of Law


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The University of Miami began offering a three year law course in 1926. The first graduating class of 14 lawyers was conferred in 1929. The Law School had great ambitions from the beginning even though the class size was small. Most Law Schools that began in the first century had the same start with a few students. The enrollment and success of the school was destined to change.

Miami Law School brought in a former Yale Law School Dean who had exciting intentions. He told the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1962 he was expectant with the potential of the Miami Law School, as he saw it becoming one the finest law schools in America. Wesley A. Sturges served as Dean only a short time but brought with him a dream for the Miami Law School that infected all who attended.

Today the UM School of Law is a national leading institution for legal education. Faculty members show leadership in scholarly and professional fields and provide many skill training opportunities for students. The school has 17,000 graduates who practice law in the United States and eighty countries world-wide. The alumni practice in corporate law to public interest law. They have gone to large firms, government and private practice.

The Miami School of Law is located in Coral Gables, Florida. The campus is one of the most luscious with foliage and Mediterranean architecture. The UM School of Law is a private research University and is one of the largest in the United States. The school enrolls about 1,200 students annually who represent the widest range of geographic and ethnic attendance in any United States Law School.

The School of Law has established summer programs throughout the world and classes are taught by professors from the UM Law School as well as professors in from the hosting countries. The studies focus on international comparative law. The countries involved in the Summer Program are in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Italy and Barcelona. There is a 10 day break in the summer for students to tour the countryside.

The out-of-state tuition for UM law students is $34,652. Total enrollment for the current year is over 1,200 students. The requirements to attend the Miami School of law are:
  • LSAT scores: 155-160
The higher scores are selected first, you should write an addendum to the application if you are in the lower percentile beginning at 155.
  • GPA: 3.20 to 3.68
Other consideration for acceptance will be your undergraduate GPA and the competitiveness and rigor of the undergraduate school attended. Admissions will look at your grade trends and work experience. Recommendations are important, especially your academic recommendations. Extracurricular activities like community service and leadership are important. Finally your personal statement can lend weight to your acceptance.

The beautiful city of Miami offers a great deal of events and activities to the law students throughout the time of their studies. It is often called the Portal to the United States. The city population is greatly diverse as is the student body at the University of Miami School of Law.
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