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LL.M. Introduction to American Law Program

August 10, 2010—On Thursday, Aug. 12, the Law School began the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers Class of 2011 with a three-week orientation and introductory course.

The 36 members of the class (16 men, 20 women) represent 22 countries around the world. Twelve of the students have a master’s degree, three have been university lecturers and another three are corporate in-house counsel, two are law firm partners, two are public prosecutors, and one is a former judge.

The LL.M. introductory program will begin with welcoming remarks from Director of International and Graduate Programs Khary D. Hornsby (‘05) and others. It will end Sept. 2 with final exams followed by lunch with exchange students from the University College-Dublin and the University of Uppsala. In between, students will receive a rigorous initiation into the U.S. legal system.

Brad Delapena, an appeals attorney and former Law School adjunct professor, will teach Introduction to American Law. Twelve Humphrey Human Rights Fellows and four exchange students will also take the course along with the LL.M. students.

Law School professors will present lectures on legal research, civil and criminal procedure, and administrative, business, constitutional, contracts, intellectual property, and human rights law, and more. In addition, civil litigation and dispute resolution attorney Paul C. Peterson (‘83) will lecture on torts.

International Student and Scholar Services counselor Gabriele Schmiegel will speak on cultural adjustment issues, and Career Center advisor Vic Massaglia will explain the assistance his department offers. Breakfast with Dean David Wippman and lunches with Hennepin County Judge Denise D. Reilly and LL.M. alumni are also scheduled.

To round out their educational experience, students will tour the Federal Reserve Bank, visit the State Capitol and the Minnesota Supreme Court, meet Justice Paul H. Anderson (’68), and picnic at Minnehaha Falls.

All of the LL.M. students have completed a law degree in their home country and come to the Law School to expand and diversify their education and experience. They will attend regular J.D. classes when the semester begins Sept. 7. The Law School welcomes all incoming students and wishes them well in their legal pursuits.


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Applications are now open for the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers Class of 2012. Click here to learn how to apply.