Loyola-Chicago adds International LL.M.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law has expanded its LL.M. program to include two international tracks for foreign lawyers and JD graduates. One track teaches U.S. law to foreign lawyers while the other — for foreign lawyers and JD graduates — teaches international law with an option to focus on a specific area. The school has named Insa Blanke as the executive director of the international LL.M. programs.

Blanke was previously at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

The new program will initially target a small group of predominately foreign lawyers who will receive counseling throughout their education at the law school. The students who wish to specialize in a specific area have a great deal of flexibility, Blanke said. For example, a student who wanted to focus on child law would work with the law school’s Civitas ChildLaw Center in addition to taking two mandatory courses on U.S. law and legal writing.

“It’s a very efficient way of immersing them in U.S. legal culture,” said Blanke, who graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law. “I believe that part of the experience is living in another culture. The U.S. legal experience is very specific. The attention you receive is something you don’t have in other countries.”

The expansion of the LL.M. program is part of the law school’s efforts to offer more international opportunities for its students. The law school recently appointed James T. Gathii as the School of Law’s new Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law. Gathii is a renowned scholar in the areas of international trade and economic law, public international law, and good governance in Africa.