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Post-JD LL.M. Externships
The post-JD LL.M. program at Ohio Northern includes an eight-week overseas summer externship after completion of the nine-month academic program. This six-credit-hour externship is provided with a full-tuition scholarship for students successfully completing the academic portion of the program. The objective of the externship is to allow students to acquire international and overseas professional experience in democratic governance and rule of law and develop contacts that will help them pursue their career goals upon graduation.
LL.M. students have worked in a variety of countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe and a range of organizations in performing their externships. Placements have included ministries of justice and finance, national courts, global NGOs and the United States Agency for International Development projects. The externships have provided opportunities for significant, substantive work with both foreign and American lawyers in often-challenging circumstances, ensuring a professional experience that can serve as an introduction to a career in the field.
The LL.M. program will provide placement opportunities, although students are welcome to make their own arrangements or suggest organizations in which they would like to extern, subject to the approval of the director of the LLM program. The global contacts and experience of the LL.M. faculty, staff and alumni will help with placement opportunities that would be difficult to duplicate in any other context.
While the law school provides a tuition scholarship for the six credit hours of the externship, students are responsible for their own travel and living expenses during the eight weeks abroad. Some externship partners provide housing or a modest living stipend, but this varies with the organization and cannot be guaranteed.
Below is a partial listing of some of the international externships provided by the LL.M. program.
- A human rights assessment project for the government of Finland in Vientiane, Laos
- A USAID-funded judicial administration and management project in Tbilisi, Georgia
- A USAID-funded legal institution reform project in Baghdad, Iraq.
- An American Bar Association legal profession training project in Monrovia, Liberia
- USAID-funded legislative and regulatory-review and justice-strengthening projects at the Ministry of Justice in Kigali, Rwanda
- A clerkship with the chief justice of the Rwanda Supreme Court
- A legal compliance project for CARE in Dar es Salam, Tanzania
- A USAID-funded business environment reform project in Pristina, Kosovo
- Anti-corruption programs with Transparency International in Nairobi, Kenya
- An international legal cooperation project at the Kosovo Ministry of Justice in Pristina
- An anti-corruption project at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Reform in Kampala, Uganda
- A budget-monitoring project at the Uganda Ministry of Finance
The director, assistant director or a faculty member of the LL.M. program will visit the externship sites to supervise students during the summer. Additionally, students are required to submit (1) weekly reports, (2) a mid-term report and (3) a final report documenting their activities at the host organizations. The field supervisor of the student at the partner organization also will provide both a mid-term and final evaluation of the student’s work during the externship.