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Law School Announces LL.M. Program in China

In Summer 2007, the Law School will begin a master of laws (LL.M.) program in Beijing for international lawyers.  In partnership with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), the Law School will become one of the first in the nation to open an LL.M. program at a university abroad. The new Beijing program will enroll international lawyers in 18 months of professional training.  The LL.M. program and the now-annual summer program for J.D. students will put international lawyers and American students into the same classes and dining room for a level of immersion virtually unheard of in professional legal training.

Recognizing the increasing globalization of the law and legal profession, the University of Minnesota’s LL.M. program in Beijing, China offers an unmatched opportunity to acquire an American LL.M. degree in China – a valuable advantage in today’s global market. The program, taught by prominent law faculty from both the United States and China, will enable lawyers who have already completed their first degree in law to gain an in-depth, intensive understanding of the American legal system.

Specifically, the 18-month LL.M. program will equip students with the necessary tools to deal with Western lawyers, conduct business with multi-national corporations, heighten their cultural understanding of other legal systems and improve their English language skills.  For part of the course, students will have the opportunity to study alongside American law students, obtaining an insider’s perspective on American culture, language and legal education.    

The LL.M. and expanded summer programs mark the next step in a push by the University of Minnesota toward deeper international engagement across professions, problems and disciplines.  

For more information about the University of Minnesota's global initiatives, click [here].