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LL.M. Students Converge From Around the World

August 11, 2008—When the Law School’s orientation program for new LL.M. students began at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, August 8, 2008, all 29 registered students were on time. That included one whose flight from China had arrived only four hours earlier.

In August, before regular Law School classes begin, LL.M. students take an intensive three-week Introduction to American Law (IAL) course to become familiar with American civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, basic legal research and writing, and other preparatory information. This year’s IAL class is the biggest in some time: In addition to the LL.M. students, it includes 10 Humphrey Institute Fellows and four exchange students. (An additional 15 exchange students are attending fall classes but not taking the IAL course.)

The 13 men and 16 women that make up the LL.M. class come from 15 countries, with China (7) and Thailand (4) represented most often. Eight of the students already have an LL.M. from another institution. One has a Ph.D. in international law, one has a J.D. equivalent, and two have certificates in cyber law.

Many of the students have been working as attorneys, instructors, and research assistants as well as in other law-related and non-law-related positions in their home countries. They come to pursue a wide variety of interests—international, corporate, comparative, and European Union law, and much more.

They also have interesting backgrounds outside of their legal pursuits. One is executive director of the Centre for Minority Rights Development in Africa, one was a Red Cross leader at her university, one is skilled in computer challenges, and one sang in his law school’s choir. Several have studied and traveled widely.

The Law School extends a warm welcome to members of the LL.M. class of 2009 and wishes them well in their academic endeavors. The diverse skills, training, and viewpoints these students bring to Minnesota will enhance the educational experience for everyone.


Photo of LL.M. students at orientation
LL.M. students listen intently during a session at the 2008-09 Orientation.

Photo of LL.M. students eating lunch at orientation
Members of the 2008-09 LL.M. class enjoy social time during a lunch on Day 2 of the program.