LL.M. program launches enhanced optional fields of study
May 17, 2011
New specialized fields of study announced by Penn State Law provide international graduate students with the opportunity to both gain general skills in navigating the American legal system and specialty international legal expertise. The three fields of study—Business Law; Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation; and International and Transnational Law — tap into Penn State Law’s longstanding areas of global recognition and feature world renowned scholars.
"For more than forty years, students from around the world have been coming to our master of laws program," said Dean Philip McConnaughay. "Our LL.M. candidates may choose freely from among all of the classes the Law School offers. They also may take advantage of the outstanding opportunities afforded by our specialized fields of study. All of our curriculum features cutting-edge study." Dean McConnaughay emphasized that the LL.M. program is designed to make graduates more effective in the global marketplace.
The new specialized fields of study capitalize on the strong relationship between the Law School and Penn State’s School of International Affairs, directed by Penn State Law Professor Tiyanjana Maluwa, an internationally acclaimed human rights scholar who served as the first counsel to the African Union and later as counsel to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. Additional School of International Affairs faculty include former ambassadors to Thailand, Peru, Mozambique and Cambodia; a former Under Secretary General of the United Nations who served as Executive Director of UNSCOM; the world’s preeminent scholar of the law of Russia and public international law; the former science advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State; the former Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council; and others.
"The substance of our LL.M. program has not changed," said Karen Bysiewicz, director of the Law School's graduate and international programs. "Our goal continues to be to augment the abilities and skills students bring into the program with the capacity to analyze, communicate, and practice as an international legal expert."
Professor Bysiewicz stressed that students are assigned a senior-level advisor, J.D. candidate mentors, and even have the resources of an applied linguistics expert available to improve language skills. "Our emphasis is on graduating students with the confidence to practice anywhere in the world."
The Penn State Law LL.M. program is a 24-credit, one academic year course of study open to individuals who hold a degree in law from an accredited institution outside of the United States.