Briefing Room


Moritz Welcomes Largest Class of LL.M. Students

September 8, 2011 | Students

They represent eight different countries and have a wealth of experience studying or practicing law abroad.

This year’s group of Master of Laws Program students is the largest yet to come through The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, according to Jessica Dworkin, assistant dean for international and graduate affairs.

“We have new countries represented (Brazil, Dominican Republic, Germany, Tajikistan),” she said. “Moritz is certainly gaining recognition all over the world!”

The LL.M. program is designed for foreign lawyers who wish to advance their legal education. They come to Moritz for the opportunity to immerse themselves in U.S. legal education and among American law students for a year.

“The world’s legal issues are increasingly global and inter-connected. It is important for a law school to have an LL.M. program so that law students (both J.D. and LL.M.) can learn from each other’s perspectives and experiences,” Dworkin said. “It also provides an opportunity for professional networking. When our students are the leading lawyers in their practices, they have a personal connection to another great lawyer in a different country. This helps to serve the needs of clients and is a competitive advantage and lasting benefit to our graduates.”

During their orientation earlier this month, the LL.M. students showcased how cohesive they are as a group, she added. They are excited to engage in conversations with the rest of the student body about everything from the way law is practiced around the world to dissecting Buckeye football.

As they came together for a group shot at orientation, the group automatically thrust their arms into the air to make a perfect O-H-I-O formation. “They are already embracing Ohio State culture!” Dworkin said.

Meet this year’s group of LL.M. students:

Kessia Cericola (Brazil) is a graduate of the Faculdade de Direito de Sao Bernardo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a law student, she was an intern in the area of corporate law with Ford Motor Co. Kessia has been a volunteer guardian ad litem with CASA of Franklin County.

Kimberly Ciprian (Dominican Republic) is a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic.

John Cronin (United Kingdom – Ireland) has extensive work experience as a fraud investigator in Ohio, but he began his career as a police detective in Scotland Yard, following his graduation from the University of London’s External Program, which awarded him an LL.B.

Katja Fischer (Germany) is looking forward to returning to Columbus; she completed a semester abroad at Capital University Law School as part of her studies at the Universitat Passau, in Passau, Germany. Katja recently sat for the German Bar Exam, and she is excited to be the first German student in our LL.M. program.

Luyang “Charlie” Jin (China) is a graduate of Jilin University, where he participated in several moot court competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Min “Carrie” Li (China) is a graduate of the Macau University of Science and Technology, where she was the vice president, Cantonese division of the debate team and a member of the Volunteer Association.

Rhea Munjal (India) is a graduate of the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies – affiliated with the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. She previously has taken a certificate course in German Law and also took a summer course in international law and human rights at Harvard University.

Aliakbar Nazarov (Tajikistan) is a Legal Education and Development (LEAD) Fellow. LEAD is a program of the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative and IREX (International Research & Exchanges Board). Aliakbar earned his law degree from the Tajik State National University and has earned subsequent certificates in short courses focusing on the protection of refugee rights and criminal procedure.

Salah Noureldin (Egypt), though originally from Sudan, studied law at the Ain Shams University in Egypt. Since immigrating to the United States, he has earned a Master of International Studies and a Master of Communication Technology and Policy – both from Ohio University in Athens. Prior to moving to the United States, Salah practiced law in Sudan for several years and was a legal consultant in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Pan Jieda (China) is a graduate of Shenzhen University, where, in addition to his legal studies, he was the vice president of the Shenzhen University Law Society.

Tian Mang (China), a Jones Day Scholar, is a graduate of the National Huaqiao University, where his senior thesis was titled “Failing to Rescue and the Relationship between Law and Morality.” In law school, he was active on the university debate team. He has completed internships in China at the China Legal Aid Center for Women in Beijing, as well as the Beijing Xuweihua Law Firm.

Dongfang “Alson” Wang (China), a Jones Day Scholar, is a graduate of the law school at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. While in law school, Alson also earned a certificate in international economics and trade from Fudan University. Alson has previously conducted legal research in health reform.

Yang Meng (China) graduated from the Beijing Institute of Technology, with a dual degree in law and business administration. She competed on moot court teams while studying law, focusing on intellectual property and space law competitions.

This article was written by Monica DeMeglio.