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LL.M. Program Soars Due to Service Approach
[by Anayat Durrani]
USC’s LL.M. Program began only three years ago, yet is known as one of the best in the country. The LL.M. Program officially began in Fall 2002 with 12
LL.M. students. Currently there are 41 students enrolled in the program. The LL.M. class of 2005-2006 is estimated for 50 students. The LL.M. Program
is a master’s degree program for students trained in law outside the U.S. This distinctive, rigorous two-semester, full-time program introduces outstanding
foreign lawyers to American law and the U.S. legal system and prepares them for leadership roles in the global market. Through the LL.M. Program, for-
eign lawyers have an opportunity to meet and interact not only with faculty and J.D. students, but also with practicing lawyers from around the world. Upon
successful completion of the program, students will be awarded the Master of Laws degree. The program runs from August through May.


Due to the popularity and reputation of the         gram distinct from others is its service-ori-       applicants and one of the strengths that USC
school and program, many countries are              ented approach. Ms. Won emphasizes that it          School of Law is known for. USC also has
represented. Program Director Kyong Won             is this aspect that makes the program above         affiliate locations internationally in Tokyo,
states that in the past three years there have      and beyond others. By providing academic            Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Taiwan. Yan
been a total of 22 countries represented            support, language support, networking op-           Zeng, from the class of 2004, stated that the
within the student body: Japan, Korea,              portunities, and cultural immersion events,         program fulfilled her educational purpose as
Taiwan, China, Thailand, Austria, Germany,          the program allows its students to thrive in        well as her networking purpose. “I would say
Czech Republic, Romania, Switzerland,               the U.S. law school environment, rather than        this is one thing USC law school does better
Armenia, Panama, Mexico, Kenya, France,             feeling marginalized or isolated, which can         than other law schools.”
India, and many others.                             happen at other programs.
                                                                                                        Another draw is the opportunity for students
USC Law School’s rigorous academic pro-             “The USC LL.M. Program is developing its            to feel comfortable socially. There are many
gram affords its students a strong founda-          reputation as a program known for strong            social events, from attending USC football
tion in all substantive areas of law. All LL.M.     client services, as well as responsiveness          games to mixers to Lakers’ games, to make
students are required to take two founda-           to the needs and concerns of its students,”         the students form relationships and feel a
tional courses--Introduction to the U.S. Legal      observes Ms. Won. “The USC LL.M. Program            part of the school as a whole.
System and Legal Research--in their first se-       takes a three-pronged approach to address-
mester. Students will satisfy their remaining       ing the academic, social, and professional          With such a well-rounded approach, it is
course requirements over the two semesters          needs of its students,” she continues.              clear why USC’s LL.M. Program continues to
by enrolling in courses and seminars from                                                               thrive, proving popular with applicants. With
among those offered in the J.D. Program.            Rubab Razvi, class of 2003, notes, “The LL.M.       a distinct, service-oriented approach, it will
                                                    staff was the best part of the LL.M. Program.       certainly continue be a leader as it continues
First-year courses examine the foundations          As apprehensive as I was when I joined the          to grow.
of the legal system and introduce students to       program, I feel that your helpful and ac-
lawyering skills. Most of the upper-division        commodating attitude make things so much            Ms. Won noted that the LL.M. office also
courses listed are taught every year. Some          easier for all the LL.M. students.” The staff       runs a Southern California American Law
are taught periodically, depending on student       ensures that each LL.M. student has a sup-          and English Program (SCALE) during the
interest and faculty availability.                  port system in place to make the transition         summer. The SCALE program is a summer
                                                    and experience a positive one. Kenji Hirooka,       program geared towards those who will be
Because LL.M. students can attend law               from the class of 2004, said he really appre-       entering an LL.M. degree program or those
school classes offered to J.D. candidates,          ciated the support at USC. “I believe last year     who would like to learn more about the U.S.
they feel as though they are part of the com-       was the best year of my life,” he continued.        legal system while improving their legal Eng-
munity. Chikako Morimoto, class of 2003                                                                 lish. Ms Won said, “SCALE helps to introduce
stated, “I would say that the good thing about      In terms of academic support, an adjunct            lawyers and business people to the American
the USC program is that it allows LL.M.             professor oversees the immersion to the U.S.        legal system while giving them the oppor-
students to sit in the same class with J.D.         approach to law school, serving as a mentor         tunity to improve their English language
students no matter how difficult the class is,      and support system for the students as they         ability. Classes are taught by professional
and most professors are very understanding          undertake the study of law in a new environ-        ESL teachers from the USC Rossier School of
and cooperative.”                                   ment. In addition, there are many profes-           Education Language Academy.”
                                                    sional networking opportunities for students
What really makes this particular LL.M. Pro-        once they graduate, which is a real draw for

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