Moritz College of Law Launches New LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers
The new LL.M. program at Moritz Law has two primary goals: to immerse foreign lawyers in a year of U.S. legal education, and to foster interaction between American J.D. students and the LL.M. students.
The LL.M. program may be completed in nine months, and gives foreign students and practitioners the opportunity to craft an LL.M. that best suits their personal interests and career goals. Each Moritz LL.M. student will partner with a J.D. liaison who will help integrate the student into both the academic and social life of the institution.
“It is our hope that in addition to the LL.M. students achieving a better understanding of the American legal system, the inclusion of international students in J.D. classes will illustrate to all students both the similarities and the differences in other countries’ legal systems,” said Dean Nancy H. Rogers.
Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs Mary Ming
"Moreover," continued Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs Mary Ming, "LL.M. students will be encouraged to take part in one or more of Moritz’ 55 student organizations or committees. Through this involvement, LL.M. and J.D. students, as well as faculty, will have the chance to better understand their varied cultures in a less structured environment, providing a benefit of a different, yet critically important, nature."
The program is open to foreign lawyers who have already obtained an LL.B. or its equivalent from a foreign country, completed studies required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that foreign country, or are qualified to practice law in a foreign country.
“A student may opt to put together a truly general curriculum to gain a broad overview of American law, or may opt instead to specialize in one of four areas of concentration: Business; Dispute Resolution; International and Comparative Law; and Intellectual Property and Information Law,” said Professor Ellen E. Deason, faculty director of the program.
LL.M. students will benefit from a rigorous legal academic experience
and exposure to the outstanding Moritz faculty, while at the same time
opening the eyes of their J.D. classmates to how law is practiced in other
countries. As a result, all Moritz graduates will leave their respective
programs better able to succeed in a global marketplace.