All posts tagged: LLM

A Love Letter to Philadelphia

  From the Balkans to Latin America to Canada: Temple Law gave Safo Musta LLM ’02 her passport to the world. I will never forget the first time I set my eyes on Philly’s skyline. I was in a cab, exhausted and sleepless from a long flight, five thousand miles away from my hometown of Tirana, alone and nervous at the thought of the unknown ahead of me. Then the lights of a great city emerged in the distance. I felt as if I was thrown on the set of ″Philadelphia,‶ a legal drama from 1993, the only reference I had at the time to a city that would soon become very dear to me. The view before my eyes was stunning. An air of excitement filled my lungs. It was love at first sight. I arrived in Philly in August of 2001 to pursue an LL.M. in American and International Law at Temple Law School, a dream made possible thanks to the prestigious Ron Brown scholarship program of the US Department of Education for …

Building the Rule of Law in Albania

When I entered law school in my native Albania, at the tender age of 18, I had strong idealistic beliefs. I began my legal studies as a mission, but, like almost all young idealists, I faced disappointment after confronting the systemic corruption in the Albanian justice system. To avoid that corruption as much as possible, I steered away from both public administration and litigation. I then directed my efforts into the private sector and commercial law. This later became my focus in the Master of Laws for Foreign-Trained Lawyers (LLM) program at Temple University Beasley School of Law. I very much enjoying living in Philadelphia, while attending classes as part of the Temple intensive English (IELP) and LLM programs. Living and studying abroad changes one on so many levels. I will never forget the extraordinary professors; their use of the Socratic method differs so greatly from higher education practices back home. The engagement with professors and students, both in and out of the classroom, shapes one’s thinking and presents challenges with far-reaching effects. My Temple …

Passing the California Bar Exam

I enrolled in LL.M. in U.S. Law in May, 2015 aiming to become a competent lawyer who can discuss legal matters on an equal basis with U.S. lawyers working for a U.S. affiliate. Due to increased opportunities to collaborate and work with foreign lawyers, I became aware that obtaining knowledge about U.S law was essential to pursue my career as a legal professional in the long run. The learning environment at TUJ was ideal for me because the lectures were mostly scheduled for evening, which allowed me to learn at TUJ and earn LL.M. while working full-time without leaving Japan. Although I planned to manage both work and study, in reality, especially at the beginning I spent a large amount of time for extensive reading required for each class, which sometimes challenged me in balancing among work, study and life. Despite the busy days, I always looked forward to attending live classes and enjoyed learning U.S. laws and cases. The live classes at TUJ greatly helped me understand the principles of U.S. laws and enabled …

Study Abroad at Temple University Japan

I have been studying at TUJ since the spring of 2020, including pursuing my LL.M. in transnational law. TUJ’s program has continued to impress me. The professors bring real world experience into the classroom, and the classes bring together a diverse range of students from all over the world and all different backgrounds. It makes for the most enriching classroom experience I’ve ever had. Furthermore, TUJ’s staff is unmatched in their professionalism and dedication to helping students navigate the J.D. and LL.M. programs, and in assisting foreign students with living in Japan. Especially during the past year of the pandemic, the staff at TUJ has made it possible for me to traverse the complexities of living in a foreign country. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Japan, its culture, and gorgeous wilderness. Since the pandemic, I have been exploring the many national and quasi-national parks outside of the cities. The transportation system in Japan makes it easy and safe to visit even the most remote areas of the country. The class schedule and …

How Earning an LL.M. Can Help Internationally Trained Lawyers Gain Practical, Legal Work Experience in the U.S.

Ally Lamson, Esq. is Temple Law’s Assistant Director for Global Legal Studies. She supports international LL.M. students by providing career advice for both domestic and international opportunities, such as reviewing resumes and cover letters, searching for jobs and internships, and conducting mock interviews. Prior to this role, Ally worked as a family lawyer and assisted her firms in hiring legal talent. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Ally, you can email her here. Q: How can earning an LL.M. help internationally trained lawyers gain practical, legal work experience in the U.S.? A: It’s common for students to look for legal work experience in the United States while they are in law school or immediately following their LL.M. degree, even if they intend to return to their home countries to practice law. Here are five ways in which foreign-trained lawyers can best position themselves to acquire meaningful exposure to the U.S. legal profession. Select an LL.M. program with options: Many LL.M. programs develop practicums specifically for their LL.M. students, which involve …

Studying for my LL.M. at Temple Law School Japan

I came to Temple University, Japan (TUJ) with no defined plan for the future. I had just finished a study-abroad year in Bristol, England, did not want to go back to my home country of France and wanted to become even more internationally minded . Studying for my LL.M. at Temple University, Japan was perfect for this! I was able to study both American and international law and discover a new culture. Studying at TUJ, interacting with the teachers and the legal community there allowed me to find several internships and the area of law I wanted to specialize in. I took part in an arbitration class offered by TUJ and decided that this was what I wanted to pursue, which led me to relocate to Seoul. Thanks to the TUJ staff and professors, I was able to receive great legal education, pass the California Bar, while at the same time enjoy and discover Japan!