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LL.M Program is a masters degree program and SCALE Program is a summer program to learn more about U.S legal System.
SKILL SHARPENER 1. 800. 973.1177 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 PAGE 1
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