Special LL.M. and Overseas Training Programs: Chicago-Kent and Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand

In partnership with Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai Thailand (CMU), Chicago-Kent and CMU are excited to offer two law courses taught by Chicago-Kent professors as part of an Overseas Training Program.  CMU law students (or qualified law students from other schools in the region) start the program at their home university in Chiang Mai, and if they successfully complete the two courses, they are approved for admission to the LL.M. Program in U.S., International & Transnational Law and will receive substantial tuition benefits.

Chicago-Kent and Chiang Mai University may also be able to provide an option for students to take two additional law courses (for a total of four courses) during the CMU portion of the program, which would allow successful students to complete the LL.M. degree requirements by spending a single semester at Chicago-Kent and thus benefiting from significant time and cost savings.  Whether CK and CMU are able offer the two additional courses, is dependent on the number of qualified applicants who are interested in this option.  Note that for certain legal career tracks in Thailand, Thai law students may be required to spend the full academic year abroad to have their LL.M. degree from Chicago-Kent recognized by the Thai authorities.  However, this four course option with its time and cost saving benefits may be attractive to those students planning on law careers in private practice.

 

For the 2015-2016 academic year, CMU and Chicago-Kent will offer courses in Common Law Method and Legal English Skills for Lawyers.  The two additional courses will be in advanced legal subjects related to US or international law.  All courses are taught in English and are offered in a two-week intensive format over 10 days, 3 to 4 hours of class each day.

 

Applicants must be proficient in English and either hold a first degree in law or have made substantial progress towards their first degree in law. For students who are admitted and later enrolled in the LL.M. program at Chicago-Kent, but who have not yet completed their first degree in law, Chicago-Kent will hold their LL.M. degree until their home school verifies that the student has completed their first degree in law.  Admission to Chicago-Kent’s LL.M. is based on a students’ academic performance in the two courses offered at CMU and English language skills.  All applicants to Chicago-Kent’s LL.M. program are required to submit a complete application, including an application form (on-line), a personal essay, law school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.  Students will submit their applications to the LL.M. program while the courses at CMU are underway or just after the conclusion of the second course.

 

Program Faculty and Contact Information:

Susan Billstrom, Foreign Legal Lecturer, Chiang Mai University

cmuckprogram@gmail.com

Khirakorn Chatrattanapong, Foreign Affair, Chiang Mai University

Tel +66-53-942920

lawcmu@hotmail.com