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Arbitration Program

The University of Miami School of Law and Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration) have introduced an essay competition for one full-tuition scholarship ($48,000) to be awarded to an outstanding Young ICCA member to attend Miami Law’s White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Program.

Whether a newcomer to the field or an experienced practitioner, Miami Law’s International Arbitration LL.M. program is ideal for U.S. and foreign-trained law students and graduates looking to enrich knowledge and skills. The program provides a unique individualized educational opportunity for a small group of top quality students from a range of countries who wish to acquire an in-depth grounding in the field of international arbitration as a platform for a successful career.  Students are taught by an internationally renowned faculty, comprised of “world-class arbitrators” including Jan Paulsson (Michael Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair), J. Martin Hunter, and Carolyn Lamm.  The program is highly selective, which allows for heightened attention and effective mentoring from faculty.

For more information, join a virtual chat with Program Director Sandra Friedrich on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. EST to learn more about the LL.M. program and its scholarship opportunities, including the Young ICCA full-tuition Scholarship. Register for the chat here.

Exceptional program features provide students with opportunities to train for the profession throughout their studies and include practicum and internship opportunities with leading international arbitration firms in Miami and beyond; cutting-edge research projects with Miami Law’s International Arbitration Institute; English- and Spanish-language moot court competitions in international commercial and investment arbitration; and publishing opportunities in U.S. and international legal journals.  Students also attend conferences, lectures, and social events with leading international arbitration practitioners, and participate in site visits to prominent international arbitration firms and institutions.

Learn more about the program here.

After graduation, foreign-trained students may sit for the bar exam in several states, the most common being New York.  For foreign-trained students interested in staying in the United States long-term, Miami Law also offers a J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree in International Arbitration; both degrees can be earned in as little as two years total, and LL.M. students who wish to enroll in the joint degree option do not need to sit for the dreaded Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  A similar J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree option in International Arbitration is available for current J.D. students at Miami Law and other U.S. law schools.  More information is available here.

The program offers fall and spring admission and provides students with full-time and part-time study options.  For international attorneys with excellent legal credentials who need to improve their English-language proficiency and legal communication skills before beginning their graduate coursework, Miami Law offers a three-semester Intensive Legal English + International Arbitration LL.M. option, starting each January.  More information is available here.

For the Young ICCA Scholarship Essay Competition, scholarship applicants must submit a written essay of 2,000 words, which should address recent developments in international arbitration in the applicant’s home jurisdiction, such as

  • Passage or entry into force of a new arbitration law;
  • Establishment of a specialized court for matters related to arbitration;
  • Recent court case on enforcement of or challenge to arbitral awards, interim measures, etc.;
  • Recent, prominent arbitral award rendered (if available); or
  • Other recent developments in the area of international arbitration, such as opening of a new arbitral institution.

Complete applications for admission and for the Young ICCA Scholarship must be received by the priority deadline of Feb. 15, 2017.  Applications may be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) or through Miami Law’s online application system. And becoming a member of Young ICCA is free and easy.

Join the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Facebook group to get in touch with current students and alumni and stay informed about upcoming arbitration events around the globe.

Sandra Friedrich Sandra Friedrich is the Director of the White & Case International Arbitration LL.M. Graduate Program and Lecturer in Law. Previously, she practiced law at Latham & Watkins in New York, focusing on complex commercial and investment arbitration proceedings as well as related litigation. In the past, Professor Friedrich has taught courses on International Business Transactions, European Union Law and German Law at the University of Miami School of Law.