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Concurrent JD/LL.M. Program in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

In Ada, Ohio, an Education in the Rule of Law is Global

The Ohio Northern University College of Law offers a unique program for a limited number of highly qualified students with a strong background or interest in working for the rule of law, human rights and economic development in transitional countries around the world. The selected students will spend three years sharing experiences with both the American JD students and the international graduate students while earning both the JD and LLM degrees.  

Concurrent students begin taking courses with the international LLM students from their second semester in law school. Concurrent students also participate in many of the international LLMs’ social and cultural activities as well as joint studies. The concurrent students receive both degrees at the end of their third year, unlike other joint degree programs where students must return after the bar exam to complete another semester to get the LLM.

In addition to completing the required coursework for both their JD and LLM degrees, concurrent students must complete two summer externships and two three-week January Term courses.

The two summer externships, one in the United States and one overseas, with governmental and non-governmental international organizations, provide unique, practical exposure to the field and allow the students to make valuable contacts. Because the ONU LLM program arranges for the placements, the students will have access to opportunities otherwise unavailable to them.