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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

The Law School will hold commencement ceremonies for its J.D. and LL.M. students on May 18, 2013. Governor Mark Dayton will deliver the commencement address.

Our 2013 LL.M. class was made up of 47 students from 18 countries, and we continued to develop courses specifically tailored for these students. Three courses in particular stand out as unique to our LL.M. program.

The American Legal Profession, taught by Professor Bert Kritzer, not only introduces students to U.S. law, it also introduces them to the legal profession. Students are familiarized with the work and perspectives of practicing U.S. attorneys through guest speakers, diverse readings, and shadowing of lawyers in different practice settings, including a large corporate firm, a personal services firm focusing on personal injury and divorce, and a government position.

The Leadership and the Law course, taught by International Programs Director Khary Hornsby (J.D. ’05) and Law School Career Counselor Vic Massaglia, helps students explore and develop their leadership strengths. Through different scenarios presented in class, students learn how individual and cultural traits affect group processes in legal settings and how to interpret and respond to social cues.

In addition, the Law School offers an innovative legal writing course taught by practicing attorney and adjunct professor Karen Lundquist. She has studied and taught extensively around the world and now helps Law School students learn practical legal writing and research skills, including such everyday, but vital, tasks as composing professional emails, letters, and memos. She also trains students in making an oral argument to a simulated court.

The Law School also continues to expand its international exchange programs. Since 1983, the Law School has enjoyed a faculty and student exchange partnership with Sweden's Uppsala University. This spring, we are hosting visiting professor Bertil Wiman (LL.M. ’83), who is teaching European Union tax law, and Uppsala University is hosting our own labor law expert Professor Laura Cooper, who is teaching American law to students from five countries.

1L and 2L students considering the semester exchange program at Uppsala recently received a wonderful opportunity through a generous grant from the Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation. The grant will fund travel expenses for up to five students participating in the program in 2013-14.

Throughout this newsletter you'll find other announcements of international interest—recent academic activities of our faculty and students around the world, and updates about current professional and personal activities of some LL.M. graduates.

Congratulations and best wishes to our LL.M. graduates. We hope you will stay in touch.

David Wippman
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law