Tuesday, December 18, 2012

University of Iowa Deadline for Applications: Fall 2013

Application deadline for Fall 2013 is March 1, 2013.  Some flexibility is available for LLM applicants.  For further information, contact Prof. John Reitz or Dean Marcella David.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Arizona State plans $120m building in downtown Phoenix

Arizona State University’s plans to build a $120 million building in downtown Phoenix are a step closer to reality. A Phoenix city committee recommended to the city manager to negotiate contracts with ASU. ASU is asking the city to provide land for free for the first 10 years and to contribute $12 million to the project.
The city council must still approve the deal and the ASU Board of Regents will vote on it in December.
The law school hopes to start construction on the 250,000 to 300,000-square-foot facility in 2014 and open the new facility in 2016.

ASU will launch a fundraising campaign and expects to increase enrollment by 20 to 40 percent. However, the J.D program would not increase in size, and school officials are hopeful it will not impact their tuition. Instead, the school plans to increase graduate and online enrollment. The new center would also offer continuing education programs for attorneys.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is proud to partner with Legal-Ease, International, to share news of the Iowa LLM advantage with Legal-Ease students around the world.  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Florida Coastal Online LLM program

 Application deadline of August 20th, and the 2012-2013 Academic Year begins on September 3rd.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Center for U.S. and Mexican Law

The Center for U.S. and Mexican Law is the first research center in any U.S. law school devoted to the independent, critical study of Mexican law and legal aspects of U.S. – Mexico relations. Based at the University of Houston Law Center, the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law capitalizes on Houston’s position as a gateway between the United States and Mexico. 
The Center’s research programs are directed towards increasing the understanding of Mexican laws and legal institutions in the United States, and of U.S. laws and legal institutions in Mexico. The Center also sponsors activities to promote professional cooperation and comparative legal education in North America, through a partnership with the North American Consortium on Legal Education. 


Friday, April 13, 2012

Pacific McGeorge International Jurist Hosted Five Prominent Judges During 2011-12 Academic Year, Judge Brower of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague Concluded the Series on April 3

Judge Charles Brower of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague wrapped up the Pacific McGeorge International Jurist Series with a wide-ranging discussion of "Hot Topics in International Law," on April 3.
Brower is the longest-serving member of a tribunal that has finalized 3,900 cases since the United States terminated diplomatic relations between the two countries following the 1980 Iranian Hostage Crisis. As a partner at 20 Essex Street Chambers in London, he has also earned a reputation as one of the leading arbitrators at the United Kingdom Bar. A recent issue of The American Lawyer magazine designated him the world's busiest arbitrator.
One of the cases that Brower focused on in his speech is the Chevron/Ecuador Lago Agrio dispute that has been ongoing for decades. On Feb. 28, 2012, an international arbitration panel in The Hague said it will consider an appeal by Chevron of a record $18 billion in environmental fines for polluting tracts of the Amazon. The case stems from lawsuits alleging that Texaco, now a Chevron subsidiary, failed to clean up large swaths of the oil-rich Ecuadoran jungle where it first began drilling operations in the 1960s.
Prosecutors in Ecuador have threatened to impound Chevron assets throughout the world, even seizing the company's tanker ships as they sail through the Panama Canal. Chevron still has a pending appeal with Ecuador's national court. Chevron has also battled the huge fine in U.S. District Court.
Brower, who took questions from student attendees on a variety of other topics, has served as a visiting law professor at the University of Virginia and Cambridge University.
The Pacific McGeorge International Jurist Series presented several other prominent judges this academic year: Judge Joan Donoghue on Aug. 31; Judge Fausto Pocar on Oct. 20; Judge Juan Guzmán Tapia on Nov. 1; Judge Sebastián Picasso on Feb. 16, and concluded with this visit from Judge Charles Brower on Apr. 3.

Siderman Fellow Delves into Human Rights and Refugee Law at Southwestern

Juan Mondelli loves studying law in the United States. As a Siderman Fellow pursuing an LL.M. degree, he admires the devotion of his Southwestern professors and the opportunity to delve deeply into the subjects of immigration and asylum law. Mondelli started his year-long fellowship last August, which lasts through the current academic year, followed by a three month externship with the ACLU.

Since 2003, the Argentine lawyer has worked for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). As a protection officer and a legal advisor for the U.N. agency, he works on issues related to refugee protection at a regional headquarters that serves Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru. His main responsibilities entail supporting national governments and non-governmental organizations that assist refugees in their local integration process in the asylum country. His goal is to ensure that refugees' rights will be implemented and sustained. Additionally, he works on migration issues.

In Argentina, Mondelli regularly participates in the National Refugee Commission (CONARE) in charge of adjudicating asylum claims and conducts training and workshops for governmental officials. He also provides support to international workshops dealing with refugee protection. In 2009, he taught the 52nd Course on International Refugee Law in San Remo, Italy. He also supported as facilitator many of UNHCR Latin American courses on refugee protection.

At Southwestern, in addition to Legal Writing for LL.M. students with Professor Paul Bateman, Mondelli has taken courses in Evidence with Professor Caleb Mason, Constitutional Law and Human Rights with Professor Jonathan Miller and Immigration Law with Adjunct Professor Veronica Jeffers. He is taking asylum law with Adjunct Professor Gembacz, Constitutional Criminal Procedures with Professor Cammack, American Legal History with Professor McEvoy  and Constitutional Law II  with Professor Jonathan Miller, with whom he is working on an independent study on the right to asylum in the Inter-American Human Rights System.
"There is a huge difference between studying law in Argentina and the United States. It's wonderful to focus on the topics I want for an entire year," Mondelli explained. "Because of my experience working for the U.N., I know a lot about refugee and human rights law, but studying the U.S. system for immigration and asylum is important because it is so developed."

He also notes the big differences in the learning process. He explained, "The University of Buenos Aires Law School where I studied has more than 30,000 law students. The intimacy of smaller classes at Southwestern allows for more individual attention and focused learning. In Argentina, we didn't have access to programs such as WestLaw to look up precedent and cases. In Argentina we don't have casebooks but handbooks and treatise and the focus is on the statutes. Here, you are always thinking in terms of case law. The American way of approaching legal education is different, and there are a lot of clinical and externship opportunities."

Mondelli has also enjoyed getting to know other Southwestern students, including others who are studying in the international LL.M. program. He appreciates having had the opportunity to contribute to the drafting of an Amicus Curiae brief for Inter-American Court on Human Rights in Costa Rica, which is going to deliver  an advisory opinion about migrant children and refugees. He has also taken advantage of the opportunity as a student to attend the mid-year meeting of the American Association of International Law, which was held at UCLA.

After completing his ACLU internship in August, Mondelli, his wife (who practices property law) and son will return to Argentina, and he will go back to his U.N. agency with knowledge and ideas for change. "This whole experience will help me when I'm back in Argentina," Mondelli said. "I always had the desire to work for justice. Refugee lawyers are a very particular specialty, and there are not very many of them. We have many human rights lawyers and some immigration lawyers but not lots of refugee lawyers. I see the good things you have here and will try to implement them in my country."

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

University of the Pacific McGeorge Top Ranked in International Law

It's rankings season for American law schools, and Pacific McGeorge has received high marks on several fronts this spring.
In the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings announced on March 13, two of Pacific McGeorge's J.D. programs received Top 20 ratings out of 195 ABA-accredited schools:
  • The highly acclaimed Global Lawyering Skills program was ranked No. 13 in the country in the magazine's Legal Writing specialty.
  • Pacific McGeorge's influential International Law program was ranked No. 17, tied with Northwestern, UCLA, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Pacific McGeorge's overall ranking came in at No. 101 among 195 top law schools, down one spot from last year. However, its Evening Division program was rated No. 23 out of 75 law schools in the Part-Time Programs category, up from No. 38 last year. The law school's diverse student enrollment was once again cited among the top 60 schools in the publication's Law School Diversity Ratings Index.
Other Pacific McGeorge programs have also received recent national recognition. Based on 2011 intercollegiate competition results, the Pacific Moot Court Competition Team was ranked No. 13 in Brian Koppen's Law School Advocacy Rankings and No. 9 by the Blakeley Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. Pacific McGeorge's Trial Advocacy program, which plays host to the National Ethics Trial Competition this week, also rates highly in competitive rankings.
In December 2011, The National Jurist magazine recognized 63 American law schools in five different categories as the best schools in preparing students for public service. Pacific McGeorge was ranked in the Top 20 in the categories "Top Schools for Prosecutorial/Public Defender Jobs," and "Top Schools for Government Jobs."

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Florida Coastal School of Law’s LL.M. program

Florida Coastal School of Law’s LL.M. program has a diverse group of students located all over the world, from Japan to California. Now in its second year, the online LL.M. program continues to reach out to attorneys from a variety of different national backgrounds. On March 28th , LL.M. Program Director Aron Mujumdar will conduct a live online presentation about the LL.M. program to a group of attorneys attending Legal Ease International’s seminar in Mexico. The event will begin at 4 PM local time in Mexico. Mr. Mujumdar will actually conduct the presentation in the late evening from Israel, where he will be recruiting students for the LL.M. program. If you are interested in participating, please send an email entitled “March 28th Presentation” to Aron Mujumdar at amujumdar@fcsl.edu . To learn more about the LL.M. program, please visit the official website.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weber Teaches Environment Law In Guatemala

Professor Greg Weber taught a course, "Introduction to the U.S. Legal System: An Environmental Law Focus," from Feb. 6 through Feb. 10, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
"We had approximately 30 students in the course, private attorneys and government counsel, and the materials were very well-received," Weber said.
The program is part of Pacific McGeorge's Inter-American Environmental Law Series, which is being conducted in partnership with CAFTA's Secretariat for Environmental Matters in Guatemala. The secretariat is an international organization created within the framework of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United State Free Trade Agreement to oversee compliance with its environmental commitments under the treaty.

Pacific McGeorge's Inter-American Program is an innovative educational initiative designed to graduate bilingual and intercultural lawyers who are competent to work with Latino clients in the U.S. or on Latin American matters. The program offers students the option to pursue a domestic or transnational track. Its summer program in Guatemala, co-sponsored by the University of Denver and Seattle University, is open to students from other law schools.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wake Forest University School of Law

Wake Forest University School of Law has had a successful and well reputed Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law Program   for fourteen years.  The LL.M. program, like WFU law school, is small and selective by design.  WFU emphasizes close personal attention to the student, one-on-one interaction with professors, the daily opportunity to interact with American J.D. students, and geographic diversity in the LL.M. class.  To provide information prospective applicants, WFU created the WFU International Graduate Programs blog, which is mostly fueled by contributions from alumni on various topics.
Prospective applicants and students will find a unique look at WFU’s international programs that you would not find by just looking through their website.  Check out the blog for student perspectives on a variety of aspects ranging from applying to WFU and moving to Winston-Salem.   WFU’s goal is to provide applicants with a more realistic view of what it would be like to join their LL.M. program.  

Friday, January 27, 2012

Choosing the John B. Turner LL.M. Program

By Ensieh Mohajeri, OU Law LL.M. student
As an international and Muslim student, I have felt very welcome at the University of Oklahoma College of Law since my first visit. I had no doubt I would choose OU College of Law among the other choices I had. I am very confident to say it was the best decision I could possibly have made.
Participating in John B. Turner LL.M. Program has given me the great opportunity to pursue my education in my dream field of study, Energy and Natural Resources Law. The LL.M. program provides an exceptional educational environment with the chance to communicate with outstanding professors who are all very knowledgeable in their respective areas and so willing to share their experience and assist students in any way possible.
In addition to having access to excellent educational quality, being able to attend different conferences and field trips related to my field of study has given me the opportunity to meet professionals in this field and further my understanding of the potential of my professional career in the future. I am very grateful to the law school and my professors who have supported and encouraged me to become involved in the program.
All in all, attending in John B. Turner LL.M. Program has been an invaluable part of my life and legal education. I am so pleased with my decision to come to the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

University of Texas Master of Laws Program

Master of Laws Program (LL.M.)
Business Law
Intellectual Property
Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law
Latin American and International Law
US Law for Foreign Lawyers

The University of Texas School LL.M. is a one-year, full time program, beginning
in August each year.

Our main program is the U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers. It offers the most
flexibility for coursework.

We also offer four specializations, in which you can obtain a certificate:
Business law, Intellectual Property, Global Energy, International Arbitration
and Environmental Law, and Latin American and International Law.

We invite you to apply to our LLM program. LL.M. applications should be
submitted to LSAC LLM service by February 1 to be considered on time and
receive priority consideration.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New LL.M. Program deadline for UNC

The deadline to apply to UNC School of Law's new  LL.M. Program is April 30, 2012! For more information about the program, visit our website at http://www.law.unc.edu/academics/degreeprograms/llm/default.aspxThe LL.M. Program in United States Law at UNC School of Law offers international lawyers the opportunity to develop mastery of key areas of American law in one of the nation's top law schools. The program builds on the school's existing international program, which includes exchange, study abroad and visiting scholar programs, and faculty expertise in the most pressing global legal issues. For more details about our program, contact the LL.M. Program director at unc_ll.m.director@unc.edu.