ONU welcomes new class of LLM students
ADA - The Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law welcomes its second class of international students to the Democrat Governance and Rules of Law LL.M. program beginning Aug. 12.
The eight students are lawyers from nations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe that are in the process of building democratic governments. The countries represented by the lawyers are: Egypt, Eritrea, Malawi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Albania, Tajikistan and Bhutan.
This is the second year of the LL.M. program that brings young lawyers committed to law reform and democracy to ONU for a year of studying new ways to improve the legal and governing systems of their countries. They will attend on full scholarships provided by the University and its donors.
The four women and four men will take specialized classes at the law school, observe local courts and governments, and visit legal and political institutions in Columbus, Washington D.C., and other U.S. cities.
ONU President Kendall Baker said, "Last year's LL.M. students made a huge contribution to the law school, the University and the whole community, and we are excited about what this new class will bring. Having this diverse class of students, along with the higher number of international students in the other colleges, will give all of us at ONU a healthier perspective on our culture and our educational assumptions."
Last year's class graduated 11 students from six different 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.