Member School Highlight – University of Miami School of Law

Location: Coral Gables, FL
Founded: 1891
Joined AALS: 1926
Dean: David Yellen

An AALS member school founded in 1926, the University of Miami School of Law is a private institution that stands at the core of the 21st century’s most significant challenges, from fostering innovation in technology, business, and health care to transforming criminal justice to structuring the global response to climate change. With a deep commitment to advancing the rule of law through scholarly research and teaching that exposes students to real-life problems in a fast-changing world, the School of Law prepares its 360 first-year JD students to be tomorrow’s leaders in the legal profession and beyond.

University of Miami School of Law’s highly talented and diverse students gain a deep intellectual foundation in the law through passionate engagement in the classroom. The innovative transactional and litigation skills programs bring experienced practitioners and distinguished judges into the classroom to share the practical knowledge and techniques essential to the successful practice of law. The institutions’ clinics immerse students in practical lawyering for diverse clients and communities. Together, these courses, clinics, and programs prepare students to be advocates, problem solvers, and innovators at the highest levels of law and private and public practice.

As part of its commitment to international law, the University of Miami School of Law joined Yale Law School as an equal partner to direct, organize, and participate in SELA, the Seminar in Latin America on Constitutional and Political Theory /Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política. SELA, founded by students and faculty at Yale Law School over two decades ago, is dedicated to promoting and fostering legal scholarship in the Americas. Miami Law’s role includes helping to organize the substance of SELA’s conference and the consortium’s other events and initiatives. In the summer of 2022, Miami Law professors organized and participated in the annual academic conference titled “Fixing the Ship at Sea: Threats to Democracy and Efforts to Rebuild,” held in Santiago, Chile. Professor Sergio Campos, head of Miami Law’s new S.J.D program, served as head of the Miami Law SELA delegation. “Our participation in SELA will enrich our existing international graduate programs and allow our faculty and students to participate and collaborate in the production of the highest levels of legal scholarship in the Americas,” says Caroline Bradley, associate dean of international and graduate student law programs.



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