Jeffrey K. Walker, Assistant Dean for Transnational Programs
and Adjunct Professor at St. John’s School of Law, likes to say he
is in the import-export business.“I bring foreign students over
here, and I want to send our students abroad,” he observed
Dean Walker joined the Law School faculty last July, and one of
his mandates from
Dean Michael A. Simons was to develop international programs.
As a result, the Law School will launch its new Master of Laws
(LL.M.) programs in
Transnational Legal Practice and
International and Comparative Sports Law in August 2012.
The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice is designed to train
U.S. and foreign attorneys in the cross-border practice of law and
to educate global attorneys within the New York City legal
community. The International and Comparative Sports Law LL.M.
focuses on legal practices relating to the international sports
Dean Walker has also retooled the LL.M. program in
U.S. Legal Studies for Foreign Law School Graduates, with an
emphasis on helping these students pass the New York State Bar
“The School of Law prides itself on turning out practicing
attorneys,” Dean Walker said, “and that’s the bigger ethos of these
LL.M.’s.” In the past, he noted, most American LL.M.’s related to
international law took a largely theoretical approach.
“Our goal is to make our LL.M students into skilled
practitioners,” he said. “We can draw from an enormous pool of
practitioner adjuncts at big international law firms. We’ve got the
United Nations here and the U.S. Court of International
Trade. People want to come to New York City. We’re playing to
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