8.20.12 — Building on its signature approach to experience-based legal education, Northeastern University School of Law has launched an LLM program offering a unique opportunity for foreign law graduates. The first LLM class, which arrived today, is comprised of 13 members — eight women and five men —  from every corner of the globe.

"Like our wonderful JDs, these LLM students are exceptionally talented, diverse and accomplished individuals, who were attracted to NUSL because of our experiential approach to legal education, our commitment to social justice and our reputation as a supportive, collaborative learning environment," said Patrick Cassidy, director of LLM and international programs for the School of Law.

Among the LLM candidates: three are from Africa (Nigeria and Cameroon), three are from Eurasia (Turkey), two are from South America (Argentina and Brazil), one is from Southeast Asia (Cambodia), one is from East Asia (Japan), one is from Oceania (Australia), one from the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), and one is from Southern Europe (Greece). Most have practiced law in their home countries, some for many years. The group includes a judge and an experienced mid-career lawyer planning to return to legal practice after several years attending to home and family. 

The LLM program includes two courses specifically designed to provide candidates with the skills and training necessary to succeed in a US law school and a global legal practice environment. In addition, candidates have access to a broad range of courses offered in the JD program and may also participate in a legal co-op, such as working with a US law firm, court, government agency or advocacy institution.