Graduate and International Programs hosts a two hour orientation each fall and spring to welcome the incoming LLM and MS candidates. The orientation is typically held approximately one week before classes begin for the semester. Representatives from the Law School Registrar, the Office of Law Student Affairs, Financial Aid, Career and Professional Development and the Office of Clinical Education will be present to familiarize the candidates with the resources available through USD and the School of Law.
The orientation also is an excellent opportunity to meet the other incoming LLM and MS candidates as well as the staff of the Graduate and International Programs office who will work with you throughout your degree program.
Additional Information for LLM in Comparative Law Candidates
In addition to the two hour orientation, LLM in Comparative Law candidates are required to attend an Introduction to U.S. Legal Education Workshop. The workshop is designed to provide international attorneys with the foundational skills needed to begin their study of law in the United States. The workshop typically lasts four to five days beginning approximately one week before classes start for the semester. This workshop is mandatory for all LLM in Comparative Law candidates.
During the workshop, LLM in Comparative Law candidates will begin their two required courses: Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Writing and Research for LLM in Comparative Law Candidates. The workshop will include coverage of special topics such as “Sources of Law, Federal and State Court Structure and Stare Decisis,” “Anatomy of a Case: How to Read, Analyze and Brief a Case,” and “Demystifying the Socratic Method.” The workshop typically also includes a visit to a local court to meet with a judge and view trials.
For the Fall 2015 semester, the Introduction to U.S. Legal Education Workshop will begin on August 17, 2015 and conclude on August 21, 2015.