On November 6, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., the Fulbright Commission in Brussels is proud to welcome representatives of 21 American law schools as part of their LLM Tour across Europe.
Now in its third year, the LL.M. Fair provides law students and young lawyers in Belgium the opportunity to meet and network with representatives from dozens of American law schools. Attendees will learn more about the application process, admissions, and the content of LL.M programs in the United States and will also be able to meet with law school representatives one-on-one. Whether you are a law student preparing for your next steps or a young lawyer looking to internationalize your CV, the LL.M. Fair is the perfect opportunity to learn more about legal education in the United States.
Register to Attend the Fair
Attendance at the LLM Fair is free, but space is limited to 100 participants and registration is required. Please register by 2 November 2017 at https://goo.gl/forms/hKTggmzaYG6Ad7jw2 to reserve your spot.
Jones Day | Brussels Office
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6:30 – 9:00 pm: LL.M. Fair
6:30 – 7:00 pm: Ask an Admissions Officer: Panel Discussion #1
8:00-8:30 pm: Ask an Admissions Officer: Panel Discussion #2
Attendees are not required to stay for the entirety of the fair. In order to accommodate the schedules of attendees who may have to leave early or arrive after the fair’s start time, there will be two casual panel discussions with representatives from participating law schools. These short “Ask an Admissions Officer” panel discussions are your opportunity to receive answers to frequently asked questions about legal education in the United States. Don’t miss out!
Meet the Participating Institutions
The following U.S. law schools will be present to offer information about their schools and their programs. We will let them introduce themselves!
- American University Washington College of Law: American University Washington College of Law is a leading law school at the center of policy, business, and all things international. Here, students receive a legal education that prepares them to tackle a breadth of challenges in Washington, D.C., throughout the country, and around the world. Our programs include the three-year J.D. program, one-year LL.M. programs, an option to enroll in the J.D. program with advanced standing, and online programs. Our LL.M. programs take about one year to complete and give students the experience they need to jumpstart their legal careers. Our first LL.M. program in International Legal Studies was established over 30 years ago to train lawyers in international law – we now offer 5 LL.M. programs and have nearly 4,000 LL.M. alumni worldwide!
- Cardozo School of Law: The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law has a national reputation for a top-caliber faculty and an innovative academic program that includes a wide range of exciting and practical opportunities. The school’s faculty members are known for being widely published legal scholars, as well as for being actively engaged in the pursuit of social justice. They invite ongoing dialogue with their students —inside and outside of the classroom. Almost half of the faculty hold advanced degrees in other disciplines, making them particularly qualified to provide a well-rounded and rigorous legal education. Cardozo’s four LL.M. programs are designed to meet the interests and professional goals of students seeking an advanced law degree. Our programs in Comparative Legal Thought, Dispute Resolution and Advocacy, General Studies, and Intellectual Property offer students access to outstanding faculty, a flexible curriculum and challenging courses. Special programs for students holding law degrees from an international institution ensure that they are prepared for the American legal world. LL.M. candidates may begin in the fall or spring semester and can study full or part time—either way, they participate in a curriculum that offers both theoretical and practical components designed to support a broad legal education and to lead to career advancement.
- Drexel University (Thomas R.) Kline School of Law: Drexel’s LL.M. and Global Access J.D. programs offer students exceptional training in the law, culture, and style of American legal practice. Drexel is an undisputed national leader in experiential education. Our Co-op Externship gives students hands-on experience in the practice of law by working side-by-side with accomplished attorneys in corporate offices, law firms, government agencies and the courts. Students receive a personalized education in a close and supportive community and are fully integrated in the life of the law school. Our faculty are recognized scholars and innovative teachers. Engaging inside the classroom and accessible outside the classroom, these professors provide a rigorous introduction to principles of law and keen insights about professional practice. Drexel is located in Philadelphia, the second largest city on the East Coast, just a two-hour train ride from both New York City and Washington, D.C. The university is in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, an active intellectual community with 7,500 international students within 2 square kilometers. Philadelphia was ranked #1 for culture by Travel+Leisure magazine, one of “America’s hottest cities” by Business Insider, and one of the top “Places to Go” by The New York Times.
- Duke Law School: Duke Law School’s LL.M. program provides the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system and take advanced courses that fit your career goals. A wide range of courses enables you to design a curriculum that meets your specific interests. You might explore your topic of choice through a research project guided by a professor who is an expert in that field, or you might enroll in a course at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, or another Duke program. By studying for most classes with J.D. students and enjoying close interaction with faculty, you will participate fully in the intellectual life of the Law School. Duke professors and students tackle complex, real-world problems in and out of the classroom. In courses such as Big Bank Regulation, Climate Change and the Law, or Sentencing and Punishment, students and faculty are deeply engaged. Duke is highly regarded for its leadership in many fields, but it is particularly known for its strength in business and finance law, environmental law, comparative and international law, and several areas of intellectual property law. Duke’s practical skills courses also are among the country’s best; some LL.M. students have participated in the Wrongful Convictions and other clinics, representing clients under close supervision by full-time faculty members.
- Golden Gate University School of Law: Golden Gate University, located in San Francisco, CA offers both a general LL.M. and 5 specialized LL.M. Programs. We also offer an S.J.D. Program in International Legal Studies. We accept J-1 Research Scholars throughout the year. GGU prides itself on being a diverse law school, having small class sizes, and providing our international students with a strong sense of community. Throughout the year we bring our graduate law students together for a series of professional and cultural events including court visits, tours of San Francisco Landmarks, social events, and we event host a traditional American Thanksgiving. Because our programs are located on the main GGU campus our Graduate Law Students (LL.M.s & S.J.D.s) have access to campus resources including clinics & externships, career services, wellness services, etc. Our campus is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco near all major types of public transportation, allowing our students to live, work, and explore anywhere in the entire Bay Area. Our LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies prepares students for both the California & New York bar exams.
- Indiana University Maurer School of Law: The Indiana University Maurer School of Law is home to one of the nation’s oldest and most respected graduate legal studies programs, highly ranked and nationally regarded for its stellar faculty, students, alumni, and facilities. Our distinguished professors have expertise in disciplines that are crucial to the success of a global lawyer—intellectual property, global cybersecurity, business and commercial law, and human rights, to name a few—while our international, tax, and IP law programs have received national recognition. These areas of specialization, while not required, enable you to tailor your path of study to your individual needs if you so choose. The law school is located in Bloomington, a beautiful, safe, and friendly community with all the amenities of a larger city. You’ll feel safe and secure here on our campus. Indiana University is home to a large and diverse international student population (nearly 6,000 people from more than 110 countries) that is welcomed by the community. Finally, with its ample scholarship availability and low tuition prices, Indiana Law is one of the best values in graduate legal education. We offer exceptional quality at affordable rates. And with the low cost of living in Bloomington, your budget will go further here than at many schools on the East or West Coast. Indiana Law is special. We have a deep and rich history of educating international students for more than 100 years, and we couldn’t be happier that you are considering an LL.M., S.J.D., M.C.L., or Ph.D. with us. We hope you can make it to beautiful Bloomington to visit us in person.
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles is ideally positioned in downtown Los Angeles, California – a legal, tech, media, fashion and financial capital. We are the closest ABA-accredited law school to Los Angeles’ primary courthouse and law firm scene, yet only 30 minutes away from beautiful beaches, like Malibu, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica.
- New York University School of Law: For almost two centuries, New York University School of Law has maintained a record of academic excellence and innovation. Its Graduate Division offers a breadth of opportunities for students to integrate theory and practice in law and to engage individually with professors on projects of the highest level. At NYU, you will find powerhouse graduate programs in business and finance, international law, and taxation. You will learn from more than 100 influential academics in areas as diverse as constitutional law, criminal law, economic analysis of law, environmental law, legal philosophy, intellectual property, and competition policy. You will train for the profession through practice-based options, such as transactional classes, simulation courses, and clinical opportunities, and explore new perspectives on legal questions by attending classes at other divisions of the university. You will join classmates from around the world who will bring their insights and experience to the classroom while becoming your friends and personal global network. All this happens at NYU Law’s campus in Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. It is a charming and vibrant place with a neighborhood feel and energetic culture. You will engage with New York’s leading practitioners and policymakers both in and out of the classroom. Visits from prominent government officials; members of the judiciary; and leaders of the UN, international organizations, and NGOs will further enrich your experience.
- Northeastern University School of Law: The LL.M. program at Northeastern University School of Law builds upon Northeastern’s acknowledged leadership in experiential education and social justice. Northeastern’s Cooperative Legal Education Program (“co-op”) is unique. All LL.M. students in good academic standing spend an entire term (about eleven weeks) completing a full-time legal practice experience in settings as diverse as private law firms, corporations, courthouses, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs, and advocacy groups. Our General LL.M. allows students to tailor the program to meet their particular goals and interests and may be the best choice for students aiming to qualify for a U.S. bar examination. LL.M. students may also choose one of five concentrations: International Business, Health Policy and Law, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Human Rights, or Law and Economic Development. The Northeastern LL.M. program lasts twelve months (three academic terms and one co-op term). To be eligible for admission, an applicant must hold a first professional law degree (LL.B., J.D. or equivalent) and demonstrate English proficiency sufficient to allow the student to tackle advanced legal study in English. LL.M. students have the opportunity to complete a research paper under the supervision of a law faculty member. LL.M. students are admitted twice a year: in mid-May or mid- August.
- Pepperdine University School of Law: Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution attracts students from across the globe for its Certificate, Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) and LL.M. programs. Candidates with the first degree of law required to practice or teach law can apply for the Master of Laws (LL.M.), an advanced law degree offering several areas of specialization, including Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law and Arbitration, International Commercial Law and DIspute Resolution, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law, and United States Law. Candidates without a law background who have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent can apply for the Masters in Dispute Resolution (MDR) or Certificate programs. Pepperdine has hosted international scholars from prestigious scholarship programs including Fulbright, Rotary, Muskie, Organization of American States, and JAMS.
- Suffolk University Law School: Suffolk Law – Expand your career with an LL.M. or S.J.D. from the Practical Boston Law School Are you prepared for the future practice of law? Suffolk Law is committed to creating practice- ready lawyers, equipped with the skills and competencies to succeed in a shifting cultural and technological landscape. With advanced and skill-based courses, a Suffolk law degree will increase your marketability by building the expertise you need for today’s most in-demand law fields. Founded in 1906, Suffolk Law School is one of the largest law schools in the United States. Known for its depth and breadth of course offerings, robust networking opportunities, and personalized attention, Suffolk Law offers two LL.M. options and a doctorate in law. General LL.M.—focuses on the areas of law you’re most interested in LL.M. in Global Law and Technology—addresses the issues technology raises in the global economy Doctor of Juridical Science – become an expert in the area of the law of your choice and make an original contribution to the legal academy. You’ll study in the heart of downtown Boston, surrounded by the city’s healthcare, technology, legal, and financial communities. You can also take advantage of our Legal English Institute, which will help you make the transition to LL.M. coursework. Practice what you learn: Gain experience in your chosen field, evaluate potential employers, assess your career options, and enhance your network with Suffolk’s internship component. Flexibility and Finances: With start cycles in January and September, you can begin the next step in your legal career when it’s most convenient for you. Merit-based scholarships are available for international applicants.
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law: The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law LL.M. program is designed for qualified lawyers from all over the globe interested in learning about the American legal system. Moritz is a small, tight-knit community: the LL.M. program is intentionally limited to 35–40 students. As a student at Ohio State, you’ll get the best of both worlds: close interaction with classmates and faculty, individualized academic and professional development advising, and experiential learning opportunities at one of the nation’s preeminent public law schools within of one of the country’s most comprehensive and largest research universities with a wealth of resources to offer students. Our comprehensive LL.M. program is fully integrated with American students and offers specializations in key legal areas, including business law, intellectual property, international law, dispute resolution and more. Students have the opportunity to learn both in and outside of the classroom through Public Externships, D.C. Externships, moot court and a variety of clinics. In addition, you have the option to apply to transfer from the LL.M. to the J.D. program. Ohio State is located in the thriving city of Columbus, the capital of Ohio and 14th largest city in the United States. Students love Columbus because it too offers the best of both worlds: Fortune 500 companies, national hockey and soccer leagues, research institutes, and a thriving arts and culinary scene mean that Columbus offers all the advantages of a large metropolitan area, but it still maintains the friendliness, charm, and affordability for which the Midwest is known.
- University of California Hastings College of the Law: The University of California Hastings College of the Law, located in the heart of San Francisco, California, was established in 1878 as the first law department of the University of California system. For more than 135 years, UC Hastings has educated prominent leaders in the judiciary and the bar, in government and business, and in education. The UC Hastings LL.M. program offers a dynamic and engaging intellectual community committed to the pursuit of justice and the highest professional standards. LL.M. students at UC Hastings are a diverse group of professionals from over 50 countries with a wide variety of experience both abroad and in the United States. The LL.M. class is a close-knit group who find social and academic support within their small group while creating lasting friendships with their juris doctor peers. LL.M. candidates may also elect to specialize in one of eight areas, receiving both an LL.M. degree and a Certificate of Specialization upon graduation. Students take all but two of their classes alongside the juris doctor (J.D.) students.
- University of California, Berkeley School of Law: Berkeley Law is one of the premier law schools in the United States. A Berkeley Law degree means studying law at one of the top law schools in the United States, a public institution committed to academic excellence, social engagement, and intellectual and cultural diversity. It means coming to a place where we’ve been teaching LL.M. students for over 60 years; J.D. students, more than 100. It means learning from and engaging with internationally renowned faculty and distinguished scholars. It means creating longlasting relationships with legal professionals from around the globe. And it means living in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the world’s most culturally and intellectually stimulating regions on the planet. Berkeley Law has a diverse and constantly evolving curriculum, including our top- ranked Intellectual Property, International Law, Social Justice, and Environmental Law programs. Faculty members—some of the best legal minds in the business—embody the school’s commitment to academic vigor, multidisciplinary research, and intellectual diversity. One of the hallmarks of the J.D and LL.M. programs is the diversity of its student body, faculty, and curriculum. Such diversity is critical in a law school, which must train its graduates to analyze and interpret the law, reflect on competing viewpoints, present persuasive arguments in a variety of forums, and develop insightful and effective policies affecting broad swaths of society. But what sets Berkeley Law apart is its real-world focus. Experiential learning opportunities, like pro bono work, clinics, journals, and practica, give students the chance to gain hands-on legal and public policy experience. Our major think tanks—home to some of our most forward-looking research and outreach—serve as laboratories where law students can collaborate with some of the most innovative thinkers in the legal profession.
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law: UCLA School of Law has a reputation for excellence throughout the world. The law school takes an interdisciplinary approach to legal studies and boasts a dynamic, flexible curriculum that appeals to a broad range of interests. LL.M. students may pursue specialized studies in a variety of fields or propose creating an individualized specialization of their choosing should they be so inclined. UCLA Law’s faculty has a world-class reputation for scholarship. These scholars make UCLA unique by balancing careers as leading experts in their respective fields while simultaneously fostering an encouraging and supportive learning environment. UCLA law students are among the best and brightest in the world, and together they make up a diverse, close-knit community. They represent numerous nationalities and backgrounds, offering fresh perspectives both inside and outside of the classroom. Our LL.M. students hail from cultures near and far and represent over 30 different countries each year. Those of us who work and study in Los Angeles know that it is a location like no other. Our lush, sprawling campus is ideally located in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, just 15 minutes from the beach and at the heart of the thriving metropolis. Los Angeles is a dynamic, cosmopolitan cultural center boasting arts and entertainment offerings that rival any in the world. As a UCLA LL.M. student, you are in for one of the most intellectually stimulating, memorable, and exciting years of your life, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Bruin family.
- University of Colorado Law School: The University of Colorado Law School was established in 1892. The first woman graduated with the first graduating class in 1894. The first students of color entered in 1897. The law school became a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, organized in 1901. And, the school has been on the American Bar Association’s list of approved law schools since its first publication in 1923. Building on a history of progressivism, inclusivity, and service, Colorado Law’s academic specialties include Indigenous Persons and Native American Law, Human Rights, Public Service Law, and extends to our specializations in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Entrepreneurship and Business Law, Intellectual Property, and more. Colorado Law LL.M. students benefit from access to the programming, courses, and law school culture originally designed for our J.D. program. With a class size of roughly 25 LL.M.s, inclusion, access, and community are integral to the LL.M. experience. Our students have extraordinary credentials and life experiences. In addition to being intelligent, congenial, hard-working, and entrepreneurial, our students are engaged with the community. A plethora of active student organizations, rich externship opportunities, and a robust Public Service Pledge Program enable our students to foster Colorado Law’s tradition of service. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Colorado Law offers a safe, secure, and tranquil geographic location nestled between Denver and the Rocky Mountains, a holistic U.S. university experience, access to a multitude of Rocky Mountain ski resorts, and access to one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the USA, Denver.
- University of Illinois College of Law: Since 1897, the University of Illinois College of Law has offered students a rigorous, broad-ranging, and innovative legal education on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, one of the world’s great research universities. With an internationally renowned faculty, a rich and diverse curriculum, opportunities for professional training, and the resources of a worldclass, comprehensive university, Illinois Law features a first- rate academic program designed to prepare students to excel in their future professional careers. The campus is located in the college town of Champaign-Urbana and offers the friendliness, warmth, and safety of the American Midwest while being two to three hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. The Illinois LL.M. program is grounded in the learning partnership approach, where dedicated faculty and staff, an exceptional J.D. student body, and dedicated LL.M. candidates work together to explore U.S. law and professional life. The ideal candidate is one who is committed to active learning, the engagement of ideas, and professional advancement and is prepared to work toward that goal.
- University of Michigan Law School: Located in the heartland of the United States, the University of Michigan Law School is consistently considered one of the top law schools in the world. It has all the advantages of a large university with easy access to an international airport, but is nestled in a beautiful and vibrant college town that is steeped in Midwestern hospitality. It is an idyllic location in which to study law and discover America. Michigan Law has a long and storied history of international leadership and engagement that reaches back at least to 1890, when its LL.M. program began. This legacy continues today with professors who are fluent in many languages, who have published in numerous international journals, and whose opinions and actions influence world events. Michigan Law counts on its faculty a German Federal Constitutional Court justice, an International Court of Justice judge, four Fellows of the British Academy, and a Max-Planck Institute director, among others. Last April, the Law School hosted 13 members of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Michigan’s LL.M. program is unique because it is capped at about 40 students each year to ensure high selectivity, broad geographic diversity, and thorough integration. Students, coming from about 25 countries, may live on the famous Law Quad with J.D. students, will take courses alongside J.D. students, and may select from nearly all the courses available to J.D. students. Michigan’s new Master of Advanced Corporation Law provides a deep dive into corporation law during one three- month summer term.
- University of Pittsburgh School of Law: Pitt Law’s LL.M. program provides lawyers who have completed their law degree outside the United States with an opportunity to study the common law legal tradition and the U.S. legal system in the United States. You can build the degree you want from a wide range of electives. Take a broad survey of U.S. law, or focus in on a particular field of law. With a relatively small class (averaging 15 to 25 LL.M. students each year), we provide each student with individual advice, guidance and support. Other than two required LL.M.-only classes, you will take all of your coursework in the same classes and seminars as our U.S. J.D. students. Our faculty are a close-knit community of intelligent and energetic scholars who are at the forefront of domestic and international legal research and scholarship. CILE works with LL.M. students who wish to stay in Pittsburgh for the summer after graduation and intern at a law firm or other.organization. We work with each student to assist them in finding an internship provider that best suits his or her field of interest.
- University of Southern California Gould School of Law: USC Gould School of Law is an exceptional private law school, with a reputation for academic excellence. Our law school is distinguished by renowned faculty, an outstanding and diverse student body, and a strong and vibrant alumni network composed of leaders in the legal, business, government and public sectors. USC Gould also boasts a full-service office dedicated exclusively to assisting international students. Our office works with students to streamline their transition to the U.S., provide guidance with course registration, offer individualized and group academic and bar support workshops, and provide personalized career development advice. As a student at USC, you will have the opportunity to gain fundamental knowledge of U.S. law, specialize in a certificate track, enroll in courses that prepare you for the NY, CA, or D.C. bar exams, and network with international and American law students.
- University of Virginia School of Law: Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service. Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty. At Virginia, law students share their experiences in a cooperative spirit, both in and out of the classroom, and build a network that lasts well beyond their three years here. Surrounded by inviting gardens and an elegant, tree-lined lawn, the Law School reflects Jefferson’s conviction that locating an intellectual community within a beautiful environment fosters learning and personal growth. With more than 22,000 students and a faculty of more than 2,100, the University of Virginia has been ranked among the nation’s top public universities since 1984. By maintaining a small and highly selective program of about 50 students, the Law School ensures a supportive atmosphere. LL.M. candidates take classes alongside J.D. students, allowing participants to fully engage in the community and plan their own coursework.
- Vanderbilt Law School: Vanderbilt Law School, founded in 1874, is situated on one of the most beautiful university campus in the world. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, a sophisticated and dynamic city, Vanderbilt Law School offers a first-rate legal education in a setting that promotes a great quality of life. Among the nation’s leading law schools, Vanderbilt is nationally and internationally recognized for its distinguished faculty, its talented students drawn from across the United States and around the world, and its rigorous curriculum. Vanderbilt offers three LL.M. program options: a general LL.M. degree, a specialized LL.M. in Law and Business, and a Thesis Track option. A variety of academic offerings allow LL.M. students to focus on a particular area of interest in an array of fields, including corporate and business law, constitutional law, litigation and dispute resolution, criminal law, international law, intellectual property, and environmental law. For foreign law graduates, the LL.M. program is designed to provide both a broad introduction to American law and legal theory, and advanced training in specialized areas of the law that are relevant to the individual student’s interests and career goals. Vanderbilt’s small and highly selective LL.M. program size makes it possible for students to enjoy greater access to faculty and promotes a sense of community that is one of Vanderbilt’s most distinguishing attributes. Vanderbilt is famous for its challenging and collegial environment.
- Wake Forest University School of Law: The formal study of law has been part of Wake Forest University since 1894. Over the years, it has evolved into an independent, multi-dimensional, nationally recognized university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With one of the longest running LL.M. programs for foreign trained attorneys in the U.S., Wake Forest University School of Law has a long-standing tradition of valuing the importance of international exchange and for preparing its graduates for significant leadership roles. Its alumni include prominent private attorneys, judges, government officials, in-house attorneys, general counsels, and faculty in universities around the world. Wake Forest Law’s small size ensures that each student receives the individualized attention they need in order to be successful in their program and to meet their personal career goals. All international students are fully integrated into the law school community and eligible to participate in most courses, get hands-on practical experience in clinics, and receive individualized career support.