In 1973, Edward de Jaegher of Brussels, Belgium, became the first foreign-trained lawyer to earn a Master of Laws, or LLM, degree at the University of Georgia School of Law.
The tradition launched 43 years ago today. Even as our current students complete their final semester of study, we continue to build next year’s LLM student body. We welcome inquiries and applications for the Class of 2017; details here.
Members of that class will join an alumni/ae base of more than 400 Georgia Law LLMs, who have ties to 75 countries, on every continent in the world. They include judges and law firm partners, leaders in governments and in intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, heads of corporate legal departments, and university professors. Here’s just two:
► Oksana G. Wright (LLM’05; 1st law degree from St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Now an Associate at Fox Rothschild LLP in New York City, Oksana writes:
The International and Comparative Law program at UGA was my first exposure to U.S. law and the first stepping-stone of my legal career in the United States. At UGA, I received an opportunity to learn from top professors and fellow practitioners from all over the world. They contributed different views, perspectives, and experience to our discussions of relevant legal topics. This invaluable experience provided me with a competitive edge in my future legal career in New York where I deal with various international legal issues and work with individuals from different countries and backgrounds.
► Omar Obeidat (LLM’97; 1st law degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan). A Partner and the Head of Intellectual Property at Al Tamimi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Omar writes:
I was fortunate to join the LLM program at UGA and was especially fortunate to have learned from distinguished professors particularly on intellectual property and copyright. Although I stayed for a short period at Georgia of little over 10 months, it is a period that stuck very well in my memory as a period filled with making good friends and enjoyable learning experience in a beautiful campus and well respected school of law.