An LL.M. Designed for Lawyers Committed to the Rule of Law
The LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is designed for foreign lawyers practicing in the public sector and committed to promoting governance and law reforms in their home countries or abroad. Since the first class of students graduated in 2007, nearly 100 young lawyers from more than 35 countries have benefited from this unique program and returned home to apply the lessons they have learned in a variety of legal, governmental and civil society organizations.
The program of study consists of seven required courses that address issues confronting transitional states, culminating in the capstone Rule of Law Seminar that will require you to identify a critical governance or law reform problem in your home country and prepare a comparative analysis and recommendations for its resolution. Because the goal of the program is to provide lawyers with new skills to use when they return home, you are asked to make a two-year commitment to continue your work in governance and law reform at home. This unique combination of courses does not prepare you to take an American bar exam nor will it meet the requirements of most American states for foreign lawyers to sit for their bar. Its goal is to make you a leader in building democracy and the rule of law in your home country.