MASTER OF LAWS FOR
The Washington University School of Law has a thriving, one-year Master of Laws (LLM) program for international
students. Admission requirements include a basic law degree from a foreign university, a strong academic record,
and a thorough grasp of English. The program is directed by the Assistant Dean for Graduate and Joint Degree Programs, Dr. Michele Shoresman, whose biography appears in the faculty section of this brochure. Her exceptional blend of energy,
kindness, and extraordinary personal attention is well known to our international students and has helped make their
experience meaningful and fulfilling.
At the Washington University School of Law, the goal is to have the best of both worlds. The majority of the instruction that international LLM students receive occurs through enrollment in regularly scheduled JD courses. In this way, the students are fully integrated into the life of the law school, meet and get to know their American counterparts (who are typically their peers, since both groups consist mainly of young postgraduates), and have the entire JD curriculum at their disposal.
At the same time, all international LLM students take a year-long course, Introduction to U.S. Law and Methods, designed solely for them. In that way, they receive the basic instruction and practice that will enable them to handle the JD courses. Moreover, by being together in this intensive course for a year, they build lasting friendships and solidarity.
The Introduction to U.S. Law and Methods course is taught by Professor Leigh Hunt Greenhaw, who brings her considerable legal talents and the rich experiences of prior residences in several diverse countries and cultures. The course provides an overview of the basic principles and vocabulary of major areas of United States law and the legal system, specific instruction and writing practice in United States legal methods, exposure to preferred
|Dean Michele Shoresman with international LLM students.|
The students choose their other courses from the JD curriculum. Some students prefer to focus on United States law, either generally or by concentrating on a specialty area like intellectual property, commercial law, or criminal law. Others prefer a heavy dose of international law. Still others choose a combination.
Whatever their curricular interests, the international LLM students receive a great deal of counsel. They meet frequently with Dean Shoresman and Professor Greenhaw. Each semester they also meet with other faculty members for personalized curricular advice tailored to their particular interests, experiences, and talents. Each international student is also assigned a personal mentor, a JD student who has volunteered for that position. Throughout the year, there is also a steady stream of special seminars and field trips, social activities, and other events designed to fully integrate the students into the life of the law school, the university, and the local community - both academically and socially. Special care is taken to
One productive recent addition to the international LLM program is the Judicial Observation Program. Each year, international LLM students who choose to do so are paired with federal or state judges in St. Louis for six weeks during the summer. They observe the courts in action, prepare memoranda, and in the process gain an extra level of practical understanding.
As the international program continues to grow, it has become a kind of extended family for our international students, both while they are here and after they graduate. Perhaps as important, it has brought immeasurable benefits to our American students and faculty, whose lives have been enriched and invigorated by their new overseas colleagues and friends.
For more information on Washington University's LLM program for international students, please visit the law school web site ls.wustl.edu and click on "Joint Degrees and LLM Programs."