Registration for the Litigation Skills Program

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Registration Process

The Litigation Skills department has a separate registration process which is done internally and completed earlier than regular law course registration. Students interested in taking Litigation Skills I cannot register online via MyUM but must complete a registration form online and submit it to the Litigation Skills office by the posted registration deadline. The registration deadline is usually 2 days after the law course schedule has been released.

Registration forms are processed according to a priority system depending on the semester. A list of students who were successfully enrolled in Litigation Skills I will be posted before students register for their other law classes.

Priority System for Litigation Skills I

Fall Registration:

  • 3Ls registering for Litigation Skills in the Fall and committing to clinical placement in the Spring receive first priority
  • Graduating 3Ls receive second priority
  • 3Ls not committing to clinical placement receive third priority
  • If there is room, 2Ls committing to clinical placement receive priority and 2Ls not committing to clinical placement receive last priority

Spring Registration:

  • 2Ls registering for Litigation Skills in the Spring and committing to clinical placement in the Summer or following Fall receive first priority
  • Graduating 3Ls receive second priority
  • 2Ls not committing to a clinical placement receive third priority

For more information, visit the Lit Skills Office in A310, contact 305-284-2303, or e-mail litskill@law.miami.edu.

MEET OUR DIRECTOR

Laurence RoseProfessor Laurence Rose has more than 30 years' experience training lawyers and directs our acclaimed Litigation Skills Program.

DID YOU KNOW?

Students who take lit skills:

  • Write trial briefs
  • Prep for trial
  • Prepare witnesses
  • Gain invaluable courtroom experience

and have had these externship placements:

  • Patent and Trade Office
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • State Attorney's Office
  • IRS
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Legal Aid
  • Department of Justice
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Public Defender's Office

QUOTEWORTHY

Ashton Freeman"So many law students have raw talent. That's how they got into law school. The continuous practicing and feedback you get from the Litigation Skills Program is absolutely necessary to polish raw talent."

Ashton Freeman, J.D. '10 2010 Recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates Award

Guy Lewis"The Litigation Skills program is a wonderful mix of practical, real life courtroom experience with the trial and error of a laboratory. Students are on their feet on day one, conducting opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations. Whether you are going to be a courtroom litigator or not, the skills gained in the class routinely produce some of the most talented legal minds the law school has to offer. That's why we routinely hire from the Litigation Skills program."

Guy Lewis, Esq., Lewis Tein PL