Read what alumni and students from our LL.M. programs are doing and have to say about the advantages of studying in Miami and obtaining a master's degree from Miami Law.
Andreas Froehlicher, LL.M. 2009
J.D. equivalent, Basel University Faculty of Law, Switzerland, 2002
Andreas Froehlicher is an attorney, admitted to practice in Switzerland, and is currently a member of the Legal Structured Transactions team of UBS AG (www.ubs.com). The core business of such team consists of tailor-made solutions with respect to legal queries related to structured financings and transactions of UBS (Structured & Syndicated Finance, Corporate M&A Advisory, Real Estate Advisory, UBS Leasing Ltd, Structured Credit Wealth Management, Escrow Services, Corporate Aircraft Finance, Commodity Trade Finance). Before his engagement with UBS AG, Andreas was a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Team of Blum&Grob Attorneys-at-Law, one of the leading business law firms in Zurich, Switzerland, where he represented national and international private and corporate clients in the areas of general corporate law and finance, mergers and acquisitions, asset finance, commercial law, sports law and art law.
After graduating from Basel University Faculty of Law (Switzerland) in 2002, Andreas served first as a law clerk, before he started working for several business law firms in Zurich. He obtained his LL.M. in 2009.
Asking Andreas about his experiences at Miami Law, he outlines the international student body, including the various cultural backgrounds of the students, and the personal as well professional treatment and guidance by the faculty and the office of international students, as one of the main reasons to join UM. Further taking into account, the perfect weather conditions in Florida and the amazing and vital City of Miami, Andreas is proud to say that he had the time of his life during his LL.M. year in the U.S.
Ali Ramadhan, Iraq
LL.M. '08, Fulbright Scholar; LL.B., University of Basra, College of Law, Iraq, July 1998
Ali worked for the Iraqi Ministry of Justice and the Basra High Criminal Court as a Serious Crime Investigator until the war began in 2003. He then worked with the Coalition Forces occupying various positions with international and U.S. organizations working under the auspices of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Ramadhan helped organize the first Iraqi national and governorate elections and wrote the first post-war Basra governorate council statute.
In terms of his experience at Miami Law, he says, "The LL.M. program at the University of Miami was a major event in my life. I enrolled in classes that firmly built on my legal background and enhanced my overall legal knowledge. In addition to the advanced legal classes I took, the law school faculty were like a family to me. The program director was supportive and caring with all her students. I now feel so proud for having my LL.M. degree, and so honoured for having a lasting family at University of Miami Law."
Ali received his LL.M. degree in December 2008, and was able to bring his wife and daughter to the United States to start a new life. He looks forward to finding a job with the United States government so that he can continue to help make a difference in Iraq.
Adria Rodriguez, Cuba
LL.M. Candidate 2009; J.D. equivalent, University of Havana, Cuba, 1998
Words are simply not enough to express my gratitude for all the help, guidance, and support I have received from the faculty, staff, professors and supporting personnel to make this challenging time less stressful for me. The opportunity to be part of the LL.M. Program has been the most effective learning experience I have ever had. Thank you very much!
Yana Anatolevna Yakovleva, Russia
LL.M. Candidate 2009; Ph.D. Candidate, Moscow State Law Academy, Russia; J.D. equivalent, Moscow State Law Academy, Russia, 2005
The LL.M. is an unforgettable experience for someone coming to the U.S. from a foreign country. It changes your life prospective, allows you to establish worldwide friendships, and opens new horizons in every aspect of life.
Heidar Atlason, Iceland
LL.M. 2002, Cobb Scholar, University of Iceland, 2000
Heidar graduated from the University of Iceland in 2000. He received the prestigious Cobb Scholarship, which was endowed by University of Miami Trustee Charles E. Cobb, former Ambassador to Iceland. With the generous support of this scholarship, Heidar completed his LL.M. at the University of Miami in 2002. He returned to Reykjavik where he is now a partner at LOGOS Legal Services, one of the preeminent international law firms in Iceland, and teaches at the University of Iceland School of Law. Heidar's areas of expertise are corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate investments, bankruptcy and contract law.
Alejo Peyret, Argentina
LL.M. 2007; Motorola Inc., Legal Counsel (one-year practical training in Florida); Benitez Scholar J.D. equivalent, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Derecho, 2004
Immediately after the completion of the LL.M. Program, I got two offers to work in Florida as a trainee with two important American companies. The offers reached me through the International Graduate Law Programs Office and its Career Planning Center. Therefore, after the graduation celebrations, I started working in Florida as a foreign legal counsel and had a wonderful occasion to put into practice all the knowledge I had earned in the LL.M. Program, plus my professional background as a Latin-American lawyer.
Milena Rudolph, Germany
LL.M. Candidate 2009; Fulbright Scholar; LL.M. University of Cologne, Germany; Maitrise, University of Paris, France
Discussing her enjoyment of her time at the Miami Law, Milena cites small size and extraordinary personal guidance as key factors in the success of the program. "I really appreciate the great work of the International Office and its director, Jessica Morris." She also praises the breadth of the program's curriculum and credits Introduction to American Law and Legal Writing and Research with helping her to understand "how American law and life at an American law school work."
Violeta Longino, Mexico
LL.M./J.D. Transfer 2003; J.D. cum laude, University of Miami School of Law; J.D. equivalent - Licenciado en Derecho with high honors - Universidad La Salle, Mexico.
Violeta Longino is an attorney licensed in Florida and Mexico, and is a member of the International and Cross-Border Transactions Group of the law firm of Holland & Knight in Miami, Florida. She practices in the areas of corporate and international law, with an emphasis on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financial services and formation of business entities in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Before joining Holland & Knight, she was an associate in the Miami office of a prominent international law firm and also served as general counsel for the Mexican affiliate of a leading multinational corporation. Violeta joined the LL.M. program in 2000 and successfully transferred to the J.D. in 2001.
Diego Cesar Bunge, Argentina
LL.M. 1984; Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1975; Universidad de Buenos Aires School of Law and Social Sciences, 1973
Diego Cesar Bunge is a partner at Estudio Bunge in association with Squire Sanders & Dempsey. He has actively participated in domestic and international complex litigation and arbitration cases, as attorney of one party and as an expert witness. He is a member of the Board of International Scholars, Banking and Finance Law Unit, Center for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary and Westfield College of Law, University of London, and the OAS Working Group for the Drafting of an Inter-American Standard Law for secured transactions. Diego was the Dean of the School of Juridical and Social Sciences, Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales in Argentina in 2004.
Claudio Finkelstein, Brazil
LL.M. 1991; J.D. equivalent, Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC/SP); Ph.D, International Economic Relations, PUC/SP.
Claudio Finkelstein is a partner at Hasson, Sayeg, Finkelstein, D'Avila e Nelson Pinto Advogados. He is a Professor Doctor of the Post-Graduation program in Law of the International Economic Relations course at PUC/SP, and Coordinator of the sub-area of International Economic Relations Law in the Post-Graduate Course of PUC/SP. He is also the head of the International Law Department of the Instituto Brasileiro de Direito Constitucional and The Instituto Nacional de Contencioso Economico, and co-coordinator of the specialized periodical Revista de Direito Internacional e Economico. Claudio is the author of the book Processo de Formacao de Mercados de Bloco; coordinator and co-author of the book MERCOSUL- Licoes do Period de Transitoredade; and has authored many other articles concerning commercial, corporate, constitutional and international law in specialized periodicals.