The focus of the James Weldon Johnson/Robert H. Waters Summer Institute (“JWJ Institute”), which was founded in 1988, is to prepare incoming 1Ls for the rigors of law school. The JWJ Institute assembles selected students for an intensive, five-week introduction to case analysis and legal research and writing, combined with interactive learning and constructive feedback. The JWJ Institute begins with an orientation and ends with a reading period and a final examination, as well as individual student conferences.
In addition to the academic component of the JWJ Institute, students have the opportunity to meet with members of the Miami Law faculty, administration, and upper class students prior to the start of the year and also meet with local individuals from the community who have relevant advice to offer.
May 25-June 28, 2014
Participating students will be provided housing on campus at no cost but will be responsible for their meals, travel, and books.
Please direct questions to Professor Irwin P. Stotzky, director of the JWJ Institute. If you are interested in applying to the JWJ Institute, please click here and submit your application by the following deadlines.
The reviewing committee will evaluate your application and notify you by May 1st. If accepted, you must reside on-campus for the duration of the five-week, full-time program.
Please note that acceptance into the JWJ Institute is premised upon a sincere and verifiable commitment to attend Miami Law beginning in August, 2013 and that all participants must pay their full $1,000 seat deposit prior to the start of the program.
Katherine Maier, originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL who is an active duty army officer and graduated from West Point in '06 discusses the benefits of the JWJ Program. Click here to watch the video.
Nathalie Remelus, a graduate of Florida A&M, says the JWJ Program made her excited and prepared for law school - from briefing cases to moot court prep. Click here to watch the video.
Paul Agbeyebe, a former UM undergrad and army and combat veteran, talks about how the JWJ program helped him prepare for law school. Click here to watch the video.
Blair Santaspirit, a graduate of Notre Dame, discusses how the JWJ program helps with transition from undergrad to law school. Click here to watch the video.
Antonio Romano from FSU calls JWJ an "indescribable program" that enabled him to "hold head high ready for first day of class and first semester." Click here to watch the video.
Guerby Noel, an FSU grad, got way more than he expected from program... a "full-fledge simulation" of first weeks of law school that exposed him to coursework, lectures, and real prosecutors and local attorneys. Click here to watch the video.