McKinney Law to start new International Trade LL.M.

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will add a seventh track to its list of Master of Laws (LL.M.) program this year with the addition of a track in International Trade Law. The law school made the announcement December 20 and entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with World Trade Center (WTC) Indianapolis. The agreement brings together higher education and business to provide IU McKinney students with opportunities to build legal skills in the area of international trade and commerce.  

World Trade Center Indianapolis connects Indiana businesses to a global market place through a network of more than 300 World Trade Centers across the world. As the only World Trade Center licensed in Indiana, the organization is uniquely situated to offer opportunities to law students interested in building practical skill sets in international trade.

IU McKinney hosts a robust LL.M. program for graduate students. LL.M. students currently choose from among six different educational tracks, including international human rights law and American law for foreign lawyers. As part of the MOU with World Trade Center Indianapolis, in 2019 IU McKinney will begin offering a new educational track in international trade as part of the LL.M. program.

“Thanks to their experiences with World Trade Center Indianapolis, our LL.M. students have graduated and entered the workforce with practical knowledge of and expertise in international trade,” said Vice Dean Karen Bravo. “Whether they return to their home countries or seek a career in the United States, they are well-prepared to apply the knowledge and skills earned in expanding Indiana’s international and foreign investment footprint to the their post-graduation professional endeavors.”

During a pilot of the track earlier this year, IU McKinney law students gained experience serving in pro bono service roles with WTC Indianapolis, working with business leaders in other countries to bring foreign trade opportunities to Indiana. Students helped lead trade missions to China, coordinated inbound trade missions with officials from foreign business, and assisted in organizing an MOU between WTC Indianapolis and World Trade Center Harbin in China alongside Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. The new educational track will train LL.M. students by putting them to work on real-world trade initiatives.

“World Trade Center Indianapolis is pleased to partner with IU McKinney School of Law to offer hands-on legal training in international trade,” said WTC Indianapolis President and CEO Doris Anne Sadler. “International trade conducted in Indiana accounted for over $92 billion in economic activity in just the last year. Our state’s long-term economic growth relies on strengthening our connections abroad through education and commerce.”

“This agreement we sign today will have exciting long-term benefits for our state while providing one of a kind opportunities for the students,” Zoeller said. “These students will become international trade ambassadors for Indianapolis and the State of Indiana through their experience with our world class law school.”

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