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Law School Welcomes LL.M. Students

The official first day of the fall semester at the University of Minnesota is three weeks away, but an international group of Law School students is getting a head start. Amidst a series of presentations, discussions, mini-workshops, and social events, 25 LL.M. students and 20 exchange students began coursework for the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers last Thursday, August 9.

Newly admitted LL.M. students are required to take the three-week Introduction to American Law before attending regular classes. The course covers such topics as U.S. history, legal history, civil procedure, constitutional law, legal English, and legal research and writing. Students learn how to write briefs, analyze judicial opinions, and interact in the classroom. In addition, the course prepares them for the demands of full-time legal studies and helps them approach the academic year with increased confidence and an understanding of the U.S. legal system.

Now in its 11th year, the LL.M. Program for Foreign Lawyers welcomes a unique group of students into the 2007-2008 class. Students hail from 16 countries: China, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Uganda. They bring to the Law School diverse backgrounds and experiences ranging from internships with various firms to actual practice of law.

LL.M. classes have grown steadily in strength and number since the program’s inception, and the Law School has an increasingly talented and diverse pool of qualified applicants for this selective program. Applicants are required to provide a resume, transcripts of their university work, two letters of recommendation, proof of English proficiency, and a statement of their reasons for wanting to study at Minnesota. Typically, only 25 to 30 students are accepted from about 200 applicants each year.

Students must start the two-semester program in the fall and complete the 24 required credits within the academic year. Once the fall semester begins, students choose from among the same courses offered to J.D. students. Choices vary according to each individual’s particular areas of interest. Many LL.M. students study international law, while others focus on specialties, such as human rights or commercial transactions.

LL.M. students gather for lunch


Among the important reasons to attend Minnesota’s LL.M. program are the opportunities to experience a new culture and meet new people. This year’s students have already gathered for breakfasts, luncheons, and a special LL.M. alumni event.

The University of Minnesota Law School faculty, students, and staff congratulate and welcome the class of 2007-2008 and hope experiences inside and outside the classroom open exciting vistas for the future.
LL.M. Students preparing for a reflective essay