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COMPARATIVE VIEW OF LEGAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES PRESENTED BY: LOUIS AUCOIN Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1.

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1 COMPARATIVE VIEW OF LEGAL EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES PRESENTED BY: LOUIS AUCOIN Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1

2 American Legal Education Bachelor’s degree followed by three years of full time study or four years of part time study Socratic Method Features of American Legal Education 2 Written examinations in large classes; research papers in seminars Professional skills training required

3 American Legal Education Three year professional degree obtained after four year undergraduate education Admission is highly selective; students must take a standardized Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) Selection determined by LSAT, undergraduate grades and character and fitness for law practice 200 law schools approved/accredited by the American Bar Association Each approved law school is visited once every 7 years by a team to determine if the law school is meeting the Standards for Approval. 3

4 Standard 302 Curriculum (a) A law school shall require that each student receive substantial instruction in:  (1) the substantive law generally regarded as necessary to effective and responsible participation in the legal profession;  (2) legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem solving, and oral communication;  (3) writing in a legal context, including at least one rigorous writing experience in the first year and at least one additional rigorous writing experience after the first year;  (4) other professional skills generally regarded as necessary for effective and responsible participation in the legal profession; and  (5) the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members. 4

5 Standard 302 Curriculum (b) A law school shall offer substantial opportunities for:  (1) live-client or other real-life practice experiences, appropriately supervised and designed to encourage reflection by students on their experiences and on the values and responsibilities of the legal profession, and the development of one’s ability to assess his or her performance and level of competence;  (2) student participation in pro bono activities; and  (3) small group work through seminars, directed rsearch, small classes, or collaborative work. 5

6 The Fletcher School Tufts University Boston, MA The oldest exclusively graduate school of International Affairs in the US 6 degree programs: MALD, MA, PhD, MIB, LLM, GMAP Approximately 550 students 22 fields of study, 175 courses per year 42% International, 80+ countries 6

7 The Fletcher School is Known for: Its first-rate faculty who operate at the nexus of theory and practice Being one of the leading graduate professional schools in the world; the first exclusively graduate school of international affairs in the U.S. Its multidisciplinary curriculum combining functional and regional approaches to traditional and emerging issues The intimacy of the Fletcher community Global innovation; i.e., the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), the Master of International Business (MIB), the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME), and the Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) Its caliber and diversity of its student body Its distinguished alumni in all sectors 7

8 LL.M. Program in International Law Enriching international legal careers through the Fletcher experience  15 Students in the class  87% International  Applications from 35+ countries A year long program culminating in a Capstone in Talloires, France  Eight courses, five within the law field  Thesis presented at the Capstone  Language requirement The High Table Series  Brings top legal practitioners to Fletcher  Networking opportunity for our LLMs  Meets once a month 8

9 Key Topic Areas Foreign Policy Environment & Energy Business Economic Development Trade Law Security Human Rights Conflict Resolution Diplomacy 9

10 LL.M. Program in International Law Nigerian national with 20+ years experience, including the past 6 years as the Managing Partner of his firm, holding two Master’s degrees from the University of Lagos Legal counsel for the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario, Canada in the area of civil litigation, member of the South Asian Bar Association and Pro Bono counsel for the NGO SMILE Malaysian attorney serving as Associate Legal Officer at the International Commission of Jurists, Asia- Pacific Region in Bangkok Attorney from the Republic of Georgia working for the UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council, holding a Master’s degree from the Central European University, Budapest Attorney from the U.S. licensed in California and Massachusetts, author of Expatriate Games, Skyhorse Publishing (2008), holding a Master’s degree from the Central European University, Prague Attorney from Pakistan working as the Coordinator for the Human Rights Defender’s Protection Project for the Nonviolent Peaceforce Sri Lanka, holding a Master’s degree from Mahidol University 10

11 Where can I go with my degree? Public sector/government Academia Non-profit sector  Foundations/institutions  Think tanks  Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  Public interest/advocacy groups Multilateral/inter- governmental organizations Private sector  Consulting  Financial services  Media  Technology  Law Firms  Energy 11

12 Where Do Our Alumni Work? 12


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