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Welcome to the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program

Paralegal Certificate

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The University of Miami Paralegal Certificate Program is a comprehensive non-credit program for those seeking to explore a career in the law field. Unlike similar programs at other schools and institutions, our curriculum concentrates on the skills needed to become a professional working paralegal. Through a combination of exercises, case studies, knowledge checks, and practice exams, students will gain proficiency in a wide range of core paralegal functions. The program’s instructors are all seasoned professionals—attorneys, judges, and magistrates who have demonstrated both top-notch teaching ability and expertise in their subject matter.   

This program is offered through the Office of Professional Advancement at the University of Miami.

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  • Career Outlook

    While the role of the paralegal is sometimes diverse, the truth is that paralegals can perform most of the same duties as a lawyer. Other than giving legal advice and representing a client in court, there are few tasks that the paralegal isn’t equipped to do. Preparing briefs and documents, performing legal research, conducting client and witness interviews, organizing case files, and assisting attorneys in their duties are all part of the paralegal’s rich and varied skill set. Just like lawyers, paralegals can either handle a broad spectrum of legal matters or focus on specialized topics like litigation, family law, corporate law, or immigration. 

    The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment rate for paralegals will grow by 17% between 2012 and 2022, much higher than the average growth rate for all professions combined. With the employment rate for lawyers expected to grow only 10% during that same time frame, it’s clear that the legal profession will be relying heavily on paralegals in the near future. To reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services, more firms will rely on paralegals to perform tasks once handled by lawyers.

  • What Will I Learn?

    The University of Miami Paralegal Program learning is focused on skill building of foundational paralegal responsibilities with emphasis on procedure and ethics. Students will also learn key concepts in Tort Law, Contract Law, Business Law, Real Estate Law, Foreclosure and Eviction Law, Bankruptcy Law, Elder Law, Healthcare Law, Wills, Trusts, and Estate Law, Family Law, Employment Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, Immigration Law, and Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. 

    Upon successful completion of the University of Miami Paralegal Certificate program, the participant will demonstrate proficiency in: 

    • Applying ethics rules in the legal environment
    • Navigating procedural rules for case management and compliance
    • Conducting electronic legal research using Lexis and Westlaw
    • Constructing legal analysis based on law interpretation
    • Drafting legal documents
    • Using legal technology
    • Exploring key components of fourteen substantive areas of law
    • Demonstrating fundamental and substantive specific skillsets associated with career readiness

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  • How Will I Benefit From UM's Program?

    Our program focuses only on those skills needed to become a professional working paralegal. Graduates will be proficient in the learning outcomes and possess skills specific to key functions of the paralegal industry, which opens the doors to an array of jobs in various legal settings. 

    In addition to learning from respected judges and top-notch lawyers, students are provided with individual access to the Westlaw and LexisNexis online legal research systems. They also have access to the Westlaw and Lexis Labs, which offer instruction to students logged on to the sites.

  • Is This Program Right For Me?

    This program is best suited for individuals seeking to enter the legal field as paralegals, and the classes also provide valuable experience for potential law school applicants.

  • How Long Is The Program?

    The Ground Paralegal Program is 64 in class hours. Students will spend approximately 10–12 additional hours, outside the classroom, on assigned readings, drafting, research, testing, utilization of web-based study support, and material review.

  • Program Format & Location

    UM’s paralegal certificate campus-based program is offered in Miami-Dade, with courses taught on our Coral Gables campus.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition is $5,995

  • Financial Assistance Options

    Financial assistance and payment plans are available for this program. To learn more, please speak with an enrollment advisor at (305) 284-4000.


  • What Can I Do After Earning The Certificate?

    Program graduates will be qualified for a variety of jobs in both the public and private sectors. Possible employment settings include law firms of all sizes, corporate in-house legal departments, and government offices at the municipal, county, state, or federal level. Paralegal skills and experience also prove valuable to clerks and administrators in the court system and in certain business or finance jobs where research and analysis play a key role.

  • What Are The Requirements To Earn The Certificate?

    • Education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
    • Experience requirements: Work experience is not required
    • Students should also possess basic computer word processing skills (Microsoft Word or WordPerfect for Windows) and have access to a computer connected to the Internet

  • Required Courses

    Twenty Program Blocks focus on incremental paralegal skill building. Twelve Program Blocks focus on fourteen substantive areas of law. Throughout the fundamental skills and substantive law blocks, students showcase learning through the completion of paralegal research and writing assignments.

  • Faculty

    • Tammi Clearfield, Lead Instructor is a practicing attorney who has instructed paralegals for over fourteen years. Mrs. Clearfield has taught various online and on ground courses in law, criminal justice, paralegal studies, business and human resources at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has been recognized for her teaching excellence and commitment to higher education with multiple awards. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in September 1995 and is also admitted to practice before the Southern District in the US District Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Clearfield graduated from Florida Atlantic University with honors in 1992 with her BA degree, from Florida International University with honors in 1995 with her MS degree from the UM School of Law in 1995 with her JD degree. Mrs. Clearfield is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Mrs. Clearfield is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator, a member of the Coral Gables Bar Association, the Florida Bar Family Law Section, the Florida Bar Criminal Law Section and the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Section. She is also a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society. Mrs. Clearfield is a board member of the Citizens' Crime Watch of Miami-Dade Executive Committee. Mrs. Clearfield has taught CLE seminars in the area of Family Law and has been a panelist in the areas of family law, dispute resolution and law practice success.
    • Judge Antonio Arzola was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court bench by Governor Jeb Bush in August of 2005. Judge Arzola was subsequently re-elected to the County Court bench in 2008 without any opposition. In 2009, Judge Arzola was elevated to the Circuit Court bench by Governor Charlie Crist. Judge Arzola currently presides in the civil division. Prior to moving to the civil division, Judge Arzola presided in the criminal division for 7 years. Judge Arzola attended Miami-Dade Community College where he graduated with honors. He then attended Florida International University where he also graduated with honors and received his degree in Criminal Justice. He was the first college graduate in his immediate family. Judge Arzola subsequently went to the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of the UM Law Review. Judge Arzola was number one in his class after his first year and as a result obtained a full scholarship for his second and third years of law school. He also received book awards at UM for the best written exams in the following subjects: Torts, Property and Constitutional Law. Upon graduating from law school, Judge Arzola clerked for United States Chief District Court Judge Federico A. Moreno. After his clerkship, he joined the law firm of Murai Wald Biondo & Moreno as a commercial litigator handling complex civil litigation matters.
    • General Magistrate Karl Brown In May 2005, General Magistrate Brown was appointed as a Magistrate in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, Miami-Dade County. He founded and was the principal owner and practitioner of the Law Offices of Karl S.H. Brown, where his areas of practice ranged from environmental, commercial & contract law to corporate, labor, real estate and family law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and African and Afro American Studies from the University of South Florida. He earned his Juris Doctorate in May 1989, from Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
    • Craig M. Dorne was born and raised in Miami-Dade County and is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Business and School of Law. Mr. Dorne has focused his entire legal career on serving individuals and businesses in a wide variety of areas. He is a general practitioner who strives to provide his clients with the most cost effective method to resolve their legal problems. Mr. Dorne represents clients in transactional matters including formation of the business, preparation of business plans, licensing matters, securities agreements and contractual matters. His transactional matters also include the preparation of employee handbooks and compliance plans. Mr. Dorne also represents clients in various commercial litigation matters. Mr. Dorne has even served as General Counsel to corporate clients to handle their routine matters and assist them with general corporate and administrative matters. For these clients, he has handled employee training and in-servicing to educate employees on matters of law. Mr. Dorne is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar since 1990. He is admitted to practice in the State Courts of Florida and the United Sates District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Mr. Dorne stays current on the law through the latest computer technology and through membership in the Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, Dade County Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Dorne is also very active in community activities, has served on the Board of Directors of several charitable organizations and provides free legal services to many individuals and entities. Mr. Dorne also serves as an adjunct faculty professor for various schools.
    • Adela Estopinan has been affiliated with the University of Miami's Paralegal Program for several years and has taught both Essential Skills and substantive subjects. She started her law career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County. Later, she was appointed as a voluntary Hearing Officer with Dade County Public Schools. Currently, Adela is the Florida partner at a major national bankruptcy law firm. In this capacity, she oversees operations at several Florida offices and manages a professional staff of attorneys and paralegals. Additionally, Adela serves as lead counsel in Florida and personally oversees all bankruptcy matters before the courts. She is admitted to the Florida Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, as well as being a member of the American Bar Association, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, and the Southern Florida Bankruptcy Bar. Honors and Awards: Greenberg-Traurig Scholar Award (Law School), member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.
    • Eric Gressman earned the Distinguished Service Award from Robert A. Ginsburg, County Attorney. He has tried hundreds of jury and non-jury trials before appellate courts in Florida. He has been an adjunct professor of law teaching pre-trial civil litigation at the University of Miami School of Law. He has taught courses in torts and essential skills in the paralegal program at the University of Miami and Princeton Review courses in preparation for the LSAT and GMAT. At Broward Community College, Mr. Gressman conducted a seminar on police civil liability. He is a published author on the subject of Canadian merger policy in the Michigan Yearbook of International Legal Studies and a coauthor of an article on federal jurisdiction in The George Washington Law Review in 1983. He was the chairman for a panel discussion for the Princeton Review concerning future opportunities in the legal field. Mr. Gressman has also been a private tutor on the subjects of legal writing and standardized tests.
    • Armando G. Hernandez, is the founding and managing partner of the Law Offices of Armando G. Hernandez. Prior to that, he spent his career at a large Florida-based law firm with national outreach and Fortune 500 corporate clientele. Armando focuses his law practice in the areas of product liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, property insurance claims, construction litigation, commercial litigation, professional negligence, and other general litigation matters. Armando has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts nationwide, including Florida, Georgia, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Texas, and other jurisdictions. He has successfully handled appeals in state and federal courts. Armando has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer Rising Star, Florida Legal Elite Up and Comer, Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in South Florida, Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyer Finalist in Product Liability, and HYPE Go Getter Award Finalist. Armando is also greatly devoted to professionalism and civility in the legal profession. He was selected to serve as an inaugural member of the Miami-Dade County Local Professionalism Panel in 2013. He currently serves as the Chair of the Local Panel. He received the first-ever Excellence in Professionalism Award from the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Committee on Professionalism. Armando dedicates time to serving other causes and local organizations such as Ethical Governance Day by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics, a board member of the Miami Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Venture Law Project Board, fundraising for the Leukemia Research Foundation, and mentoring law students.
    • Erin K. Loeb is Assistant Director of Academic Support at St. Thomas University School of Law, where her duties consist of counseling first year law students and scheduling, monitoring, and evaluating comprehensive programs and materials for first year law students, through the law school’s Active Learning Instruction program. Prior to joining STU Law, Erin spent the majority of her legal career in the appellate judiciary, having served as Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank A. Shepherd and Honorable Edwin A. Scales, III, at the Third District Court of Appeal, where she handled civil, criminal, and administrative appeals. Erin also has experience in private practice. Erin received her Juris Doctor from the University Of Denver College Of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review. Upon her graduation from law school, she clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for both the Honorable Leonard P. Plank and Honorable Dennis A. Graham. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University. Erin is a member of both the Florida Bar and Colorado Bar.
    • Thomas Rebull Governor Rick Scott appointed Thomas Rebull as a Circuit Judge in September of 2011. He was born and raised in Miami. 

      Boston University awarded him a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1992. Judge Rebull obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1995, where he served on the law review. His first job after law school was as a law clerk for two years for the late Judge Joseph Nesbitt on the Third District Court of Appeal of Florida. 

      Before his appointment as a Circuit Judge, Judge Rebull was a Partner at the law firm of Broad and Cassel, where he practiced for over 10 years in the areas of commercial, real estate, and employment litigation. During that time, Judge Rebull was active in the community. He served on the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel for 9 years, the last two as its Chairperson. The Panel is charged with civilian oversight of the Miami Police Department. He also participated in a two year fellowship through the Miami Fellows Initiative, a program of the then Dade Community Foundation. The Initiative is a leadership development program for individuals in the early stages of their career. 

      Judge Rebull’s first assignment as a Circuit Judge was in the Felony Criminal Division. When she became Chief Judge in 2013, the Honorable Bertila Soto appointed Judge Rebull as an Associate Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division. She later named him co-chair of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee. Judge Rebull rotated from the Criminal Division to the Civil Division in January of 2015. Judge Rebull is currently participating in a case management pilot program in the civil division. He is a frequent lecturer on professionalism and civility issues, as well as matters related to practice in the civil division of the Circuit Court. Judge Rebull has also served as faculty at the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies.
    • Israel U. Reyes, is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., in Coral Gables, Florida. He is a former Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush on August 14, 2003. He retired on May 22, 2011, after approximately thirty years of public service as a judge, assistant state attorney, and police detective. Currently, he is handling all types of civil and criminal litigation representing attorneys, receivers, commercial entities, and individuals. He is also an attorney’s fees expert, arbitrator, mediator, insurance umpire, police legal advisor, and Special Magistrate. As a Special Magistrate, he presides over evidentiary and non-evidentiary hearings and depositions and conducts in camera inspections of privileged documents. 

      While a member of the judiciary, he served as the Associate Administrative Judge of the Circuit Civil Division and in both the Criminal and Juvenile Divisions. While serving as the Associate Administrative Judge, he began the eCourtesy Submission Service, an online delivery method for sending extra copies of filed and served documents to the judge. Prior to serving as a circuit court judge, he was a County Court Judge in the Criminal Division. On two occasions he has temporarily served as an Associate Judge of the Fourth District Court of Appeal and in 2006, was nominated to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court of Appeal. 

      Before taking the bench, Mr. Reyes was an Assistant State Attorney in the Racketeering/Organized Crime Unit, Civil Forfeiture Section. While there, he handled the litigation of civil forfeitures concentrating on illegal drug money laundering cases. He was one of the principal drafters of the revised state money laundering bill signed into law by Governor Bush on July 1, 2000. He authored “Florida’s Anti-Money Laundering Statutes.” The Florida Bar Journal, vol. LXX111, p. 66-70, July/August, 1999 and was the attorney of record (trial and appellate level) in several Florida Appellate Court cases dealing with the issue of standing (right to contest) civil forfeiture actions. He is a former member of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys and served on the Hispanic Police Officers Association Board of Directors. 

      Prior to working at the State Attorney’s Office, he was an associate in a personal injury law firm handling the litigation of personal injury, wrongful death, and professional (medical malpractice) negligence cases, and civil actions involving governmental agencies. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Juris Doctorate in the top 20% of his class. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, High Honors, from FIU and from Miami Dade Community College, Miami, Florida where earned an Associate in Arts in Criminal Justice. From 1980 until 1995, he was a police officer/detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department where (during various times) he worked in the Homicide Bureau, Media Relations Section, and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Conspiracy and Racketeering Squads. He served in the Organized Crime Bureau (where he was one of the principal investigators in the San Pedro corruption case); U.S. Secret Service Task Force; Police Applicant Background Investigation Unit; Firearms Training Section; and Uniform Patrol Division, earning numerous commendations and awards including the Employee Excellent Award. 

      Before that, he was a police officer with the City of South Miami Police Department from April 1979 to July of 1980. While there, he was named Officer of the Month. He attended the Miami Dade Community College Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice (The Police Academy) from November of 1978, until he graduated in 1979. 

      On July 2, 2010, Chief Justice Charles Canady appointed then Judge Reyes to the Florida Innocence Commission naming him as the Commission liaison to The Florida Bar Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Prior to that, former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero appointed Judge Reyes to the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism where he also continues to serve. In 2006, he was rated 100% Exceptionally Qualified or Qualified by Cuban American Bar Association Judicial Poll. 

      In 2004, Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center (during its 30th Anniversary Celebration) recognized Mr. Reyes as one of thirty outstanding alumni. He also is a 2007 recipient of the Florida International University–Distinguished Alumni Torch Award for the College of Social Work, Justice, and Public Affairs.
    • Roberta Mandel has argued over 850 cases before every Florida District Court of Appeal; the Florida Supreme Court; the Eleventh District Court of Appeal and served as co-counsel before the United States Supreme Court during her 26 years of practicing law. She has over 530 published appellate decisions. She has appeared on both local and cable television stations as a legal commentator after her involvement in the legal proceedings following the death of Anna Nicole Smith. In addition to practicing appellate law, Ms. Mandel renders trial support in both civil and trial matters and has sat "second-chair" in approximately 1800 jury trials. 

      Before opening her own law firm, Ms. Mandel was a partner and the head of the appellate and litigation support divisions of two large Florida law firms. She also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida. 

      Ms. Mandel is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida; the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas; the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. 

      Ms. Mandel is an appointed member of both the Executive Council of the Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar and the Appellate Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Dade County Bar Association's Appellate Committee and the Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society. Ms. Mandel serves on the Amicus Committee for the State Florida Association of Women Lawyers and is a member of the Defense Research Institute. 

      Ms. Mandel served as a CLE Instructor in approximately 75 seminars. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Dade County Bar Association and as the Assistant Editor of "The Record." She has authored numerous articles for the "Florida Bar Journal," "The Record" and the "Criminal Law Reporter." She additionally served as an Editor of the Florida Appellate Practice Section, Pro Se Appellate Handbook. 

      In her spare time, Ms. Mandel coaches local high school mock trial teams and judges moot court competitions at the University of Miami, School of Law. She was nominated to be a "Super Lawyer" in 2014 and 2014 and named a "Legal Leader" in Florida in 2014 and 2015. Her law firm (Mandel Law Group, P.A.) was also named "Boutique Law Firm of the Month" in September 2013 by Attorney At Law Magazine.
    • Jaime Stricklin attended the University of Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Public Relations from the College of Journalism and Communication, with an outside concentration in Criminal Justice. After she graduated from UF, Jaime attended Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, where she received the High Grade award in Criminal Law and Lawyering Skills and Values. She also served as a member of the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. Jaime cofounded the law firm of Ostrzenski & Stricklin, P.A., which specializes in real estate, commercial litigation, and general business representation. The firm serves as general counsel to many South Florida corporations. Jaime also owns and operates Marquis Title, LLC, a full-service title company, which handles the closings of residential and commercial transactions. Jaime is a member of the Florida Bar, the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Broward County Bar Association.
    • Robin F. Hazel is a practicing attorney with over eight years of experience. Her practice consists of appeals, civil litigation and litigation support. Ms. Hazel handles appeals in diverse areas of the law including contract law, real estate, land use, bankruptcy, foreclosure, labor and employment, construction law and criminal law. She was named a Florida Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012. 

      Ms. Hazel, who now operates her own private practice, was a Senior Associate with a large Florida law firm for nearly six years. There, she represented the firms clients in appellate and litigation matters in state and federal court and provided litigation support to the members for the firms litigation department. Ms. Hazel is also a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida where she represented the State of Florida in numerous appellate matters in state and federal court. 

      Ms. Hazel is a member of the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. She is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts. 

      Ms. Hazel earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Florida International University, magna cum laude.
    • Doris Bermudez-Goodrich has enjoyed over twenty-two years of legal practice, most of those years representing institutional and private investors in contract enforcement actions. Early in her career Doris worked as an Assistant State Attorney and later as a private practitioner. Doris has extensive experience in the areas of real property, family law and commercial law. Over the last seven years, Doris has been privileged to serve as an Assistant General Counsel for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. In addition, Doris is lead counsel to the Foreclosure Project in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court. In this capacity, Doris has taught law clerks and paralegals the mechanics of the civil division and the foreclosure process. Doris co-authored, together with Administrative Judge Jennifer D. Bailey, the Foreclosure Bench Book published by the Florida Education Council and available as a resource for the Florida State Court System. 

      Doris earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Miami Law School and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Finance from Barry University.
    • Judge Rodney Smith was appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court bench by Governor Charlie Crist in May of 2008, where he presided over criminal, civil and domestic violence cases. Judge Smith was subsequently re-elected to the County Court bench in 2010 without any opposition. Judge Smith was elevated to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court bench by Governor Rick Scott in June of 2012, where he has been presiding in the felony criminal division. Judge Smith was initially appointed by former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince and reappointed by then-Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady to fill the judicial vacancy on the Mediator Qualifications Board in the Southern Division. Judge Smith was raised in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida where he graduated with honors from Miami Northwestern Senior High School and was a Silver Knight Nominee in English and Literature and a recipient of the City of Miami Police Department's "Do the Right Thing" Award. 

      A cum laude graduate of Florida A & M University and also a cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, Judge Smith has handled appellate cases and tried over 100 jury and non-jury civil, criminal, and administrative cases before the state and federal courts and administrative bodies. His distinguished legal career began in 1999 as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office, where he served as a Division Chief in the Juvenile Division and as a Career Criminal/Robbery Prosecutor in the Felony Division. Judge Smith subsequently served as a senior assistant city attorney for the City of Miami Beach, a trial attorney with McGrane, Nosich & Ganz, P.A., and as in-house trial counsel for two large insurance companies. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, Judge Smith is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, the United States Court of Federal Claims, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; the Federal Circuit; and the Armed Forces. He has received numerous honors, awards and recognition for his commitment and dedication to this community. Judge Smith is also an Eagle Scout where he serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster for a local inner city Boy Scouts Troop.

  • Professional Badges



    The Division of Continuing and International Education’s mission is to empower people to reach their full potential through lifelong and lifewide learning. Revolutionary learning experiences are created for our students to ensure that we meet the demands of the ever-changing economy. We continuously measure our programs’ core competencies, instruction, quality, standards, and service.

    The continuing education landscape has elevated an era of innovation and disruption and as such, the Office of Professional Advancement has instituted a badging system.  Graduates of our programs will be able to virtually display a badge, which showcases their new skillset to prospective employers and professional colleagues.

    How does it Work?

    Badges are earned by successfully completing a certificate program through the Office of Professional Advancement. * Upon completion, you will receive an email with instructions on how to collect your badge. Once collected, you can display your badge on social media sites like LinkedIn. Any potential employer will be able to click on the badge for a list of specific skills associated with the respective certificate received.

    *Please call us for a list of approved programs.

    For more information about our career and professional development badging, please call us at 305-284-4000.

  • Have Questions?

    For more information, please call 305-284-4000. Our enrollment advisors can answer any questions or schedule a meeting to discuss your goals and opportunities.

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