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Beyond Non-JD

Non-JD Programs play an important, though often overlooked, part of US law school operations. I started working with LL.M. students as a 3L in law school and have spent my career supporting Non-JD students. This blog seeks to highlight Non-JD Programs, the students who enroll in them, and the ways law schools do and should support these students. My goal is for *each* program under the Non-JD umbrella to be viewed as an integral part of a law school and supported the same way J.D. programs are.

About Me

Joshua has 9 years of HEI experience, having worked for 2 U.S. law schools to support and champion LL.M. students, deepen connections and community between J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni, and assist with internationalization of law school programming for all students.

Most recently, Joshua was Senior Director of Non-JD Programs & Senior Director of International Programs at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He worked with students, faculty and staff, and alumni to support UF Law’s 3 LL.M. programs (tax, international tax, and U.S. law). Joshua also worked on internationalization and institutional engagement activities, supporting UF Law’s global engagement work. He was UF Levin’s 2020 & 2021 International Educator Awardee in the Staff category. Joshua also served as an Adjunct Professor in Fall 2020 for Legal Writing & Research for LL.M. students.

Prior to UF Law, Joshua was Director of Graduate Global Engagement and Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law. Joshua focused on global engagement, international recruitment, onboarding strategies and community development related to St. John’s Law’s LL.M. and graduate law programs. From December 2015 until June 2018, Joshua primarily served as an international exchange professor for St. John’s Law’s Chinese partner schools while based in Shanghai, China. Joshua has taught his full-length Legal English for American Law School (LEALS) course at multiple leading law schools in China, including East China University of Political Science and Law and Southwest University of Political Science and Law. In Winter 2017, Joshua taught LEALS outside China for the first time, at Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic. He has conducted guest lectures at law schools in Asia, including at Tsinghua University and Nankai University in China, at Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia and at Gujarat National Law University in India. Over 6 years, Joshua instructed or co-instructed fourteen courses at St. John’s Law, including designing the curriculum for TLP Legal Writing, instructing role plays for Transnational Legal Practice courses, and teaching J.D. students International & Foreign Legal Research. In 2014, his teaching popularity was rewarded with a Dean’s Adjunct Teaching Award.

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