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Claude W. Pettit College of Law

The Center for Democratic Governance and Rule of Law at Ohio Northern University, in cooperation with ONU’s LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, is offering a unique program for motivated Afghan lawyers who would like to receive their LL.M.s while, at the same time, enhance their English-language skills through the premier program in democracy and the rule of law in the United States.


***The application period for the 2018-2019 LEVAS class has been suspended pending program review by the Department of State. Please check back later for program updates.***


The College of Law at Ohio Northern University began its groundbreaking LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program more than 10 years ago and has educated nearly 100 lawyers from more than 30 countries, including 19 Afghans. This course of study is designed to give lawyers specific skills necessary to promote democracy and the rule of law in transitional countries.



Through an agreement with the Department of State, ONU is now offering this program to Afghan lawyers in conjunction with an intensive English-language program designed to expand the reach of graduate-level legal education to a new group of lawyers committed to reforms in Afghan law and governance.

The English-language requirement for admission to this new program is significantly lower than previous requirements for the ONU LL.M. program, although the same basic admission qualifications apply. By including six months of intensive English for legal studies, the lawyers will be able to begin their LL.M. classes with the language skills necessary for success in their challenging courses.