The graduate program for international students is rooted in the efforts of the Dedman School of Law in the early 1950s to make the school a leading international legal center. More than 2,000 international graduates of the School of Law from more than 80 countries now occupy prominent positions in government, legal practice, business, the judiciary, and legal education around the world.
The primary goal of the program is to enhance the international student's legal skills so that he or she may become a more effective lawyer and member of society. In this respect the program seeks to develop: (i) an appreciation of the role of law in national and international development; (ii) the ability to identify, through comparative and international studies, policy considerations of various legal rules; (iii) an appreciation of the role of the lawyer in social and economic change; (iv) legal analysis and problem solving abilities to enable the student to meet the complex needs of our modem world; (v) a basic understanding of the U.S. legal system, as studied from a comparative perspective; and (vi) a frame of reference for dealing with business and legal interests in a transnational setting.
For degree requirements, see requirements for LL.M. degree for foreign law school graduates.