The LLM Scholarship in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is open to young lawyers from emerging democracies.
It provides young lawyers from emerging democracies with the training and tools to implement law reforms that support stable democratic institutions and the rule of law in a free-market economy.
The LL.M. is a fully-funded, one-year program of study designed for lawyers practicing in the public sector whose first law degree was earned from a law school outside the U.S.
This program is not designed to help our students pass the American Bar and/or practice law in the United States. Students are required to commit to 2 years further public service upon return to their home countries.
Through small classes with outstanding faculty, close interaction among the students and with the faculty, and numerous short seminars and field observations, students will receive an intensive education in practical democracy and law.
Admission is open to lawyers with two to five years experience in the public sector, working on governance and rule of law issues.
Additional criteria include a recognized law degree, admission to the bar, a PBT TOEFL score of 600 or higher or a CBT TOEFL score of 250 or higher, and recommendations (including those from employers, and U.S. foreign aid offices and contractors). The personal statement from the applicant will also be weighed heavily.
The final selection will be made by the director and LL.M. committee at the law college.
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