Delegation of International Advisors Visits Law School

A delegation of 25 representatives from the Education USA Training Institute, along with advisors from the State Department and Institute for International Education, recently visited the law school as part of a larger outreach program with Washington University and other U.S. institutions of higher learning.  

The delegation came to Washington University for a two-day series of lectures and panel discussions on academic admissions criteria and individual academic programs at various schools. Peter Cramer, assistant dean for international programs at the law school, led a morning session on tips for applicants’ personal statements. During one of the afternoon sessions, a group of advisors from Ghana, Indonesia, Bolivia, and Pakistan also attended an informational session at the law school on programs open to foreign-educated lawyers, including the LL.M. in U.S. Law and LL.M. in Intellectual Property & Technology (IP/TL) Law.  

The group met with Associate Dean Michael Peil for a brief introduction and tour of the law school. Cramer, Professor of Practice Jo Ellen Lewis, Senior Lecturer C.J. Larkin, and Lecturer Leigh Greenhaw then gave a detailed overview of the law school’s graduate programs. Most members of the delegation will return to their home countries where they serve as local advisors to university students who wish to study in the United States.  

In addition to the training at Washington University, the group also attended sessions at several other local universities and in Washington, D.C. Topics included networking and relationship management, strategic planning, advanced admissions knowledge, advising center management, and marketing and outreach. Skills such as building and using professional networks, public speaking and presenting, and researching topics also were covered. 

The law school currently has close to 100 foreign-trained lawyers enrolled in its programs. Current countries represented include China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Russia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Italy. Additionally, the school has international exchange programs with 12 foreign universities in Asia, Australia, and Europe.