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University of Miami School of Law, on the move

Dean and Professor of Law Patricia D. White has started an array of new initiatives during her leadership and was named the most influential woman in legal education by the National Jurist in 2012 and also named to their 2013 list. Recent initiative highlights include:

New Innovative Short Courses

Taught by experts from around the world, Miami Law offers short, innovative compressed courses.

More Interdisciplinary Joint Degrees

She has greatly expanded interdisciplinary programs and collaborative joint degrees with other departments within the University with the newly created:


More Hands-On Training

Other programs with hands-on training that have been started include:


Expanded Pro Bono & Advocacy Programs

For students interested in public service and pro bono advocacy Dean White has added clinics in Immigration, Human Rights, Health Rights, Innocence, Investor Rights and the Death Penalty

Increased International Exchange Offerings

If learning more about international law is of interest, Miami has added several new study abroad options in Versailles, France; Berlin and Hamburg, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; Haifa, Israel; Dublin, Ireland; Spain; China; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

More Innovative Programs

In terms of innovative courses, Miami Law boasts LawWithoutWalls™ and The Idea of the Hospital – offerings that provide a multidisciplinary perspective to complex issues. Further Dean White actively supports Miami's new LL.M. in international arbitration (headed by one of the world's most powerful international arbitrators, Jan Paulsson).

Expanded Commitment to Students' Well Being

  • In Miami's Student Development Initiative staff members (all of whom hold law degrees) connect with law students individually and work with them one-on-one to find greater success, satisfaction, and happiness during their law school years.
  • In the Student Service Fellow Program post-graduate fellows are available to answer student questions about Miami Law and to implement new programs, systems and services to better the law student experience.
  • We are also the first law school in the country to establish a Mindfulness in Law Program as part of our commitment to preparing students at the highest levels of academic excellence and legal expertise while providing the tools to maintain a fulfilling work-life balance.

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