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Law School Welcomes the LL.M. Class of 2010

AUGUST 10, 2009—The Law School's orientation program for the LL.M. class of 2010 gets under way at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2009. After a welcoming breakfast in the Lindquist & Vennum Conference Room, students will attend the first lecture of the Introduction to American Law course.

Between Day 1 and Day 17 of the introduction course, students will become familiar with American civil and criminal procedure, constitutional law, basic legal research and writing, and other preparatory topics, finishing just in time to join regular Law School fall semester classes, which begin September 8.

This year's LL.M. class of 28 students is the most diverse yet, with students representing 21 countries. Ten Humphrey Human Rights Fellows and five exchange students will be taking the Introduction to American Law course along with the LL.M. students. An additional 14 exchange students will attend fall semester classes but are not taking the course.

Joining the Law School faculty members presenting lectures this year are Brad Delapena, an appeals attorney and former Law School adjunct professor, and Paul C. Peterson ('83), a civil litigation and dispute resolution attorney. In addition, students will be joined for lunch on various days by Hennepin County Judge Denise Reilly, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman ('74), and alumni of past LL.M. programs.

Each of the LL.M. students has already completed a law degree in their home country. Many have been working as attorneys, instructors, research assistants, or in other law-related positions before being admitted to the Law School. They come to the Law School to further their education and to diversify their experience. Some of the education they receive at Minnesota will take place outside the classroom: Excursions are planned to Minnehaha Falls and to the Minnesota Capitol and Supreme Court, including a meeting with Justice Paul H. Anderson ('68).

The Law School welcomes members of the LL.M. class of 2010 and anticipates a two-way educational experience as they share their knowledge, culture and perspectives.