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ONU Welcomes New Class of LL.M. Students

Aug 8, 2008
The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law welcomes its third class of international students to the Democratic Governance and Rule of Law LL.M. program beginning August 25. ONU’s College of Law is the only school in the United States offering a degree in democratic and legal reforms to foreign lawyers.

The nine students are lawyers from eight nations in Africa and Eastern Europe that are in the process of building democratic governments. The countries represented by the lawyers are Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kosovo.

During the two-week orientation, the students will be introduced to the American legal system, visit local courts and have the opportunity to get to know other students and faculty in a relaxed, informal setting.

Classes taken by students after orientation will focus on American legal institutions and a comparative analysis of other nations’ governance systems. In addition to regular coursework, the students will observe the presidential election, make trips to both the McCain and Obama state and local headquarters, and visit local and state election offices.

ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker said, “We are very excited to welcome these young lawyers who are following a growing tradition of exceptional advocates for democracy and reform. Graduates from the last two classes are already having an impact in their home countries, and we have great expectations for these new students, as well.”

Last year’s class graduated eight students from eight countries. Some returned to senior positions with their former employers. Others took new positions in law reform projects or are seeking new roles in their countries’ efforts to build democratic institutions.
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