An LL.M. Designed for Lawyers from Transitional Countries Committed to the Rule of Law
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The heart of the LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is the subsidized one-year program of study designed for foreign lawyers practicing in the public sector and committed to promoting governance and law reforms in their home countries. The program was conceived as a unique means of providing essential training and instruction for building democratic states governed by the rule of law. Since the first class of students graduated in 2007, more than 60 young lawyers from more than 30 countries have shared in the experience of learning together in the intimate environment that is Ohio Northern University and Ada. These graduates have gone back to their home countries 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 the 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 in return for the financial support the program will provide you. 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.
We invite you to read more about our program in these pages and contact us if you have additional questions or would like to apply to become part of our growing network of talented, reform-minded graduates.