Teaching at ECUPL Again: My Summer 2022 Experience Teaching Online for ECUPL and Lessons Learned

In late 2020, I reconnected with my colleagues at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). I participated in an online session with a few of my former students who achieved success in Legal English for American Law Schools (LEALS) and in their U.S. legal education goals. The students went to an impressiveContinue reading “Teaching at ECUPL Again: My Summer 2022 Experience Teaching Online for ECUPL and Lessons Learned”

U.S. News, Law Schools, and LL.M. Programs

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are out! And for those who are part of the higher education industrial complex, talk is about Columbia’s drop and the reasons for it. While U.S. News has influence across higher education, its grip on legal education is very strongly felt (the law rankings don’t drop until March).Continue reading “U.S. News, Law Schools, and LL.M. Programs”

Fee Waiver #1: September 2022

Thank you for checking out Fee Waiver, my monthly newsletter while I’m abroad in 2022-23. This newsletter is designed for those applying to LL.M. programs at U.S. law schools this cycle. My plan is to cover important information each month that will help you navigate the law school application, admissions, scholarship, and decision processes. AlongContinue reading “Fee Waiver #1: September 2022”

International LL.M. Students & Cover Letters

I just wrote my first cover letter since 2019 (more on that in a couple weeks, possibly!). Since I spent a lot of time working on cover letters with foreign-educated LL.M. students, I wanted to share some tips for those starting their LL.M. programs this month. Your school will hopefully cover what they are andContinue reading “International LL.M. Students & Cover Letters”

Add-Drop Week & LL.M. Students

Congratulations to all those who are starting LL.M. programs this week! You may have heard the phrase “Drop-Add/Add-Drop” being used. What is this? And what should foreign-educated LL.M. students be mindful of during this week (if it applies at your school)? Brief Summary Generally, “Drop-Add” is the time period when students may make changes toContinue reading “Add-Drop Week & LL.M. Students”

Setting Up Your Own Course Like LEALS!

I have enjoyed teaching Legal English for American Law Schools (LEALS) again over Summer 2022. As we prepare for the final week of the course, I write to share that any law school outside the U.S. can set up a course like LEALS. And I highly recommend doing so for a number of reasons! Cost:Continue reading “Setting Up Your Own Course Like LEALS!”

The Career and Professional Development Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

In addition to the academic side of the U.S. law experience, almost all J.D. students and so many LL.M. students are very focused on the U.S. job prospects. For foreign-educated lawyers enrolling in LL.M. and J.D. programs, the job after the degree is crucial. Indeed, it’s one of the first things (along with scholarships) peopleContinue reading “The Career and Professional Development Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

The Academic Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

The U.S. law school experience is intensive. For foreign-educated lawyers, that experience can feel even more challenging in some ways. For LL.M. students, the one-year nature of the LL.M. experience makes it crucial to “hit the ground running.” Today’s blog is about the academic side of the U.S. law school experience. The focus will beContinue reading “The Academic Side of the U.S. Law School Experience (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

The Decision-Making Process and Preparing for Your U.S. Law School Degree (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)

Congratulations on all your LL.M. or J.D. acceptances and scholarship awards! If you followed the Head Start Series advice, you are now looking at a tough decision! Which law school to attend. Some general thoughts on the decision-making process. Determine what is most important to you. For most of the people I speak with, theContinue reading “The Decision-Making Process and Preparing for Your U.S. Law School Degree (Beyond Non-JD Head Start Series)”

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