LLM in the US Legal System

LLM in the US Legal System

September 12, 2019 0 By Kody Olson


(upbeat guitar strumming) – So the question is what do LLMs bring to the Cincinnati Law Community. LLM students bring a lot. They come from all over the world, with a diversity of perspectives. Many of them will have already worked. – Everyone meets you, talks
to you, shake your hand, ask you where you come from. Everyone wants to know about you. – It’s more like a family place, you know. Everyone is from somewhere
that’s not here, so pretty much have something in common that’s not being from here. – I was expecting that we would
be welcome, but not as much. They were just amazing.
Brilliant, helpful, supportive. – We benefit tremendously
by having LLM students in our learning community. They bring knowledge,
they bring perspective, that we would not otherwise have. (upbeat music) – Cincinnati brings a
variety of unique advantages. Chief among them, we
are a medium-size city that has a very strong corporate base. Speaking as a former
corporate practitioner, I see that the connections
between the legal community and business community,
and the law school itself are very strong. – Cincinnati is an ideal legal community. The city offers a number
of different kinds of legal practices, so
what that means in terms of its impact and the LLM students and the law school is that in addition to our full-time faculty, that we are able to draw upon the talents of the local legal community. The important thing to realize is that in Cincinnati, the
University of Cincinnati is the law school. So we’re very closely connected
to lawyers, and judges in the community and those
folks go out of their way to help our students. – The LLM program is very
great with networking. We have been able to
meet lawyers and judges. We have met professors
from other countries, the program is really great in organizing these events for us and exposing
us to as much as they can. (gentle inspirational music) – Clearly, law school is not a vacation. For the student who is
willing to put in that effort, they’re going to have, I think, one of the most exciting
years of their lives. – I expected it to be difficult, but I didn’t know like everybody here would be so helpful to me. That’s made a difference. – The faculty support has been tremendous, honestly. We are coming so
many miles away from home and you know, not knowing
too many people here, and then the faculty’s
mostly what you have to depend on, is what has
probably kept me here, you know, happier. – I would say that LLMs are
thrown into the JD classes. In all my classes, they are
thrown in and they thrive. Most of them are very engaged,
they participate a lot. And as I mentioned I
oftentimes will draw upon LLMs because of their practical experience and the fact that the
degree conferring system is slightly different in other countries, so that many LLMs would have
had some practical experience. I think that’s useful. – I went to law school in England and the experience has been like day and night because I am used to huge lecture halls with 300, 400 students,
there’s no one on one with the professors, so here it is a better setting, the
classrooms are smaller, so it feels like each
student has time to speak to the professor if there’s
any problems or issues. And in such a small classroom setting, it feels like a more intimate atmosphere. You can really open up
and learn much better. – Now outside the
classroom, I have frequently supplemented my interactions with them. I regularly meet with LLM students. I’ve supervised individualized
research projects with LLM student, and I see them a lot outside the classroom to make sure that they feel like they’re well integrated, and participating happily. – Support from faculty here,
I think, since day one, they support you by just know
about the community here, about the town, the where you would like to spend your weekend, if you would like look for apartment, they are very active and
they help you so much to know everything here in the community. (gentle guitar music) – I think one of the outstanding things that our program has to offer is the chance for students to participate in work experience opportunities. Right now we have several
students from the LLM program who are enrolled in our Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic. So these students are
working with JD students, they’re working with local attorneys, and they’re working with actual
clients who need their help. So these students have
an opportunity to learn what it’s really like to
be a lawyer in the US. – Most of professors, they
have practical experience, they don’t just have like
theoretical knowledge. This is really helpful. This is important for
students, for example, most of them really,
really help me to build some contacts, build
some relationship with the people who work and practice with the Prosecutor’s
Office, with the courts so this is one of the area
of interest for me, so I’m really, really
grateful for all of the staff. – I would say be prepared
for the most exciting year of your education
as well as what comes with learning another culture. In terms of one’s individual
growth as a person, you can’t beat these experiences. – I really hope that when
students finish their year here, completing the LLM program, I hope that they’ve had a great experience. I hope that they’ve
made very good friends, who can be part of their
professional network for their entire career, and
so far from what I’m seeing, that happens. I also hope that students
finish the program with a whole new level of confidence about their ability to
master legal English and about their ability
to represent US clients or represent other parties
doing business in the US. So I think that our students leave with a very carefully honed
skillset that will bring them tremendous benefit through their career. (gentle guitar picking)