University of Miami School of Law

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Founded 1926 | ABA Accredited 1941

Established in 1926, the University of Miami School of Law provides all of the advantages of being on the doorstep of vibrant legal and business communities while also offering a location on the beautiful main campus of the University in Coral Gables -- an area acclaimed for its lush foliage, elegant Mediterranean style, in the cultural diversity of the region. Its clear that UMiami offers truly an incomparable setting for students to prepare for practice because, lets face it, there are worse climates in which to study for a J.D.

UMiami Law attracts and prepares students for careers in a wide range of legal fields including, but certainly not limited to, international law, tax, environmental law, entertainment law and intellectual property. UMiami students benefit from a wide array of clinical programs and learning opportunities, a wonderfully diverse student body, and a faculty comprised of recognized experts in their respective fields. Additionally, UMiamis alumni base while strongest in Florida, stretches across the country (and even abroad), offering a very strong network of whom actively assist students and grads in achieving their career goals.

NOTABLE ALUMNI

Larry J. Hoffman, Chairman, Greenberg Traurig, LLP R. Fred Lewis, Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court Carolyn Lamm, President of the American Bar Association

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POLL OF POLLS#85

SELECTIVITY RANK#104

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Therese Lambert

BETTER KNOW A DEAN

"Law school is not for spectators so the applicant who shows that he/she is proactive in grabbing opportunities to develop intellectually..." - Therese Lambert Director of Student Recruiting, Miami Law

September 15, 2009 \ This is the third installment of our 224 part series, Better Know A Dean. Today we posted our interview with Therese Lambert, Director of Student Recruiting at Miami Law -- The Fightin' Miami Law's!

Ms. Lambert has been employed at the University of Miami School of Law since 1983. Initially she was Director of the Career Planning Center, assisting students and alumni in finding summer and permanent jobs locally and nationally. This position also included the recruitment of prospective students, a job that matured into a full-time position. She has been Director of Student Recruiting since 1985, an office that works in conjunction with the Office of Admissions. Ms. Lambert has been on countless panels, including presentations at NALP, PLANC and the LSAC National Conference. Ms. Lambert earned her B.A. degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a M.S. degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Miami. Prior to moving to Miami in 1983, Ms. Lambert worked at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Assistant Director of Placement, July 1982-June 1983; Administrative Assistant for External Affairs, April 1979-May 1982) and was a press assistant for Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) in Washington, D.C. (June 1977 – January 1979).

Ms. Lambert, thank you for taking the time to talk with us today and for giving our users some insights to the admissions process at Miami Law.

AD How would you describe the ideal candidate for Miami Law?
TL There are so many ideal candidates! Obviously, we want applicants who have done well academically and received strong LSAT scores but we also want individuals who have been engaged in activities outside of their own small corner of well-being, who are not myopic in their vision of the world, and who say “Let's GO” when presented with a challenge.

Law school is not for spectators so applicants who show they are proactive in grabbing opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally are ones we love to see. We fully realize that applicants who apply after being out of school for a while -- who have been in the work force, lived overseas, been in the military, etc. vs. applicants directly from undergraduate school -- are going to bring different skills, opinions and experiences to the table. The multidimensional aspects of the student body are what drive the classroom discussion, the range of student organizations, guest speakers, community outreach, etc. Thus, we take pride in the unique blend that comprises Miami's student body.

Law school is not for spectators so the applicant who shows that he/she is proactive in grabbing opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally are ones we love to see. We fully realize that applicants who apply after being out of school for a while -- who have been in the work force, lived overseas, been in the military, etc. vs. applicants directly from undergraduate school -- are going to bring different skills and opinions to the table. The multidimensional aspects of the student body are what drive the classroom discussion, the range of student organizations, guest speakers, community outreach, etc. The blend of Miami's student body is definitely exceptional and unique.
AD What does living in South Florida add to the Miami Law experience?
TL We have all of the advantages of our location on the main campus of a gorgeous and exciting university while being only 6 miles south of the City of Miami. We have close to a dozen courts in the area, many international corporations, and vibrant legal and business communities right here, on our doorstep. The variety of guest speakers and adjunct faculty members who visit the campus daily add immeasurably to students' development, not to mention the networking opportunities. If students want to work in their second and third year (up to 20 hours/week), they have countless opportunities to tap into. If they wish to do a clinical or externship program while they're in school, they can do it right here in many different legal areas from human rights to animal rights, international and environmental law to tax law. This is a place where ideas are met with enthusiasm; Miami as a microcosm is ideal for learning and breaking ground on new and innovative initiatives. .

Did I mention the weather, the sand and sea, the parrots that grace our Bricks, the exotic tropical landscapes, the one-of-a-kind Everglades, the mix of ethnicities, cultures and the arts? In comparing Miami to other major US cities, Miami is young and fresh – a City that has so much energy and promise.
AD The Miami Law website suggests that students apply electronically using the LSDAS service, but that applicants are still allowed to submit a hard copy of the application by regular mail. Can you give our users some background about how the LSDAS electronic application service works, and how it makes your office/job more efficient?
TL We really prefer that people apply electronically because it streamlines the process for applicants and for us. Everything comes to us through LSDAS and applicants can check the status of their documents online with LSAC. This process is so much more efficient than in the past and is certainly a greener approach. If for some reason a person cannot apply electronically, a PDF version is available from our website and members of the admissions’ staff are available to assist with the application in any way necessary.
AD Transferring is becoming more and more popular with law students these days. The course selection page of the Miami website states that, "students conditionally admitted as transfer students will be invited to register online in early April with our rising 2Ls." Does this mean that Miami Law makes transfer decisions based upon a student's first semester performance at their home institution? When does the transfer application become available, and when should a student submit the application?
TL Transfer applicants can get evaluated on one semester's grades and if we deem their academic performance as satisfactory, they will be conditionally accepted. If they continue to do well, they will be officially accepted after their second semester's grades are received. They cannot actually transfer until they have completed the first year. While we don’t offer a part-time program at Miami Law, competitive transfer applicants from part-time programs who have completed the first-year may be considered for transfer into the full-time division. Transfer students apply electronically just like those applying for the first year.
 

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