Our goals remain the same:
We began with three students in 1992, the only U.S. LL.M. program designed specifically for foreign-trained lawyers. Our LL.M. population has grown to over 60 students per year, and those original goals have served our more than 600 graduates from more than 60 countries. Our LL.M. students benefit from the close, family relationship that exists in our LL.M. program. Each year most of our students choose our program as a result of the recommendations from their friends, successful former students who have returned home after completion of their LL.M. degrees from our law school.
In addition to our successful LL.M. in U.S. and Global Legal Studies, we now offer two newly accredited programs for students wanting a more intensified, specialized degree: LL.M. in Intellectual Property and the LL.M. in International Business Law, which is also available online. Qualified students in the U.S. and Global Legal studies program may also earn certificates of specialization in several areas of study.
Each LL.M. student designs an individualized course of study, designed with my advice and personal involvement. Our foreign LL.M. students select their courses across the broadest array of our J.D. curriculum. They have been assisted in these courses by J.D. mentors and tutors, and some lifetime friendships and future business relationships have been born. We also have courses designed specifically for LL.M. students. All of our LL.M. students enroll in the Foreign Graduate Seminar which involves a basic introduction to U.S. government and legal institutions. The Contracts course, "Basic American Contract Law," designed exclusively for LL.M. students, provides an introduction to the Common Law of Contracts and prepares our LL.M. students for full participation in the joint LL.M.-J.D. courses. "Doing Business in the U.S.A." course introduces the LL.M. students to a very wide range of areas of U.S. substantive law in the context of a transnational problem requiring the development of a legal strategy and introducing the students to the negotiation process. The day each student spends in the state trial court has been a highpoint for each LL.M. student. Our comprehensive legal research and writing program prepares our LL.M. graduates for the legal research papers that they write in our program, and prepare them for summer internships and international practice opportunities upon their return home. The summer internships, for the most qualified students, which we arrange with law firms and corporate legal departments, have allowed interested LL.M. students to immerse themselves in the U.S. legal culture and put into action the American law they have learned prior to returning home.
The success our students have achieved in the job market upon their return home is another proud legacy of our program. In Bangkok, one international law firm had hired eight of our LL.M. graduates out of a 60-lawyer office; our alumni are also represented in all of the other international law firms in Thailand. Other graduates in Netherlands and Moldova are employed by international consulting firms, such as Deloitte & Touche and KPMG. Our graduates in Russia and other eastern European countries practice with international law firms. And at least ten of our graduates are judges in their home countries; a Russian graduate was General Counsel of Citibank, Moscow; an Italian graduate is General Counsel of the largest oil company in Italy, and a Canadian graduate holds a very high-level position in the corporate legal department of Amec plc. Several of our graduates are high-ranking officials in Saudi ministries; one of our graduates is a key advisor in the Abu Dhabi sovereign fund; and several of our graduates are law professors. Many of our graduates have achieved success practicing law in China and elsewhere and in business in their home countries. This is just a short list of some of our graduates' professional accomplishments. Understandably, we are very proud of the success of our LL.M. graduates.
We are extremely proud of the family relationship that inevitably develops not only among the LL.M. students, but also between them and their J.D. mentors, and our Assistant Directors, Liz Woyczynski and Jack Turner, and myself. Over the past years, I have had the privilege of visiting some of our alumni in their home countries. On all of those visits, I felt that I was participating in a genuine reunion with close relatives living far away, and in each instance it was just as hard to say goodbye at the end of the visit as it was on graduation day. We are all proud that we have participated in the creation of a network of friendships that will last a lifetime.