The Admission Interviews, are meant to provide insights into LLM admissions right from the law school itself. The idea behind this series is to provide that little bit of extra information that may not be available on the law school’s website.
In this edition, I speak with Professor Jennifer S. Stevenson the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the William & Mary Law School.
In your experience, what has been some of the more valuable aspects of a US LLM when it comes to the international lawyer? And how does WM Law deliver this?
William & Mary has small class sizes and a very interactive, hands-on approach to learning.
Understanding how American lawyers are trained and then practicing these skills—whether oral or written—is one of the hallmarks of our educational experience.
Could you tell me a bit about the profile of LLM applicants that WM Law is looking for? Do you prefer candidates with some level of work experience for instance?
We do like to see LL.M. applicants who have some practical training—whether through serious internships or actual legal practice. The students should be willing to think practically—as well as intellectually—about legal problems.
As a former law review editor, I am curious to know your thoughts on how law schools can encourage legal research and publishing?
I think the key to publishing is discovering an area of research that you actually enjoy and find personally interesting rather than “cashing in” on recent trends. The same goes for choosing an area of law practice.
I am sure this has been asked of you quite often, but what is the plan going forward when it comes to the LLM course? Do you think LLM candidates will be able to attend in-campus classes this fall?
We do not know yet, but we will likely have a hybrid approach with some courses in person and others delivered remotely.
Given the short nature of the course, how do you think the international lawyer can make the most of the LLM experience?
Students need to work hard in class, as well as outside class. International lawyers should make the most of the experience with their colleagues by participating and adding value to classroom debates and activities.
Outside of class, students should join academic clubs and groups where they can learn more about specific areas of law—such as intellectual property—and network with American students, practitioners, and academics.
Lastly, anything you would like to share with the Indian law graduate who is considering an LLM at William & Mary Law School?
William & Mary Law School is the oldest law school in the United States. We offer great support and personalized attention due to our small size and emphasis on teaching.
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