I completed an externship in the third largest manufacturer of glass containers in the United States, Anchor Glass Container Corporation. It was a unique opportunity made possible by Stetson Law’s In-House Counsel Externship Program. In that experience, I was exposed to a new business segment that was unknown to me until then. Working within a corporation’s legal department under the direct supervision of an in-house counsel was a valuable and rewarding experience.
By Nathaniel Ovabor, LL.M. in International Law
A Nigerian proverb says “what a farmer says on his way to the farm is often different from what he says on his way back from the farm.”
Studying law as an LL.M. student in the United States has in no small measure given me the opportunity to view the legal profession from another perspective. One class that reshaped my thoughts about the practice of the law was Professor Ann Piccard’s U.S Legal Research and Writing, which I had this past fall semester.
If you want to advance your law career while balancing work, a family, or other responsibilities, consider pursuing an online degree. Stetson Law offers online LL.M. programs in Advocacy and Elder Law.
Every law program is a little different — whether it be the curriculum, the types of experiences you’ll have between classes, or the composition of your potential LL.M. class. These details can really make a difference when selecting the right LL.M. program for you. To help you out, here are seven noteworthy things that make Stetson Law’s International Law LL.M. different from the rest.
By Nathaniel Ovabor
An African Proverb says that “every country has her own way of seasoning chicken.” Going to law school in Nigeria is quite different from the experience in a U.S law school like Stetson, though they do have some basic similarities.
First of all, the structure of law school and generally how one becomes a lawyer is different. In Nigeria, those who desire to be lawyers are not required to attend an undergraduate program before attempting a law degree like in the United States. Nigerian students go to the university and learn fundamental law for 5 years in a college of law to obtain a first degree called a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.).
If you plan to become an international law attorney, you need to spend time developing your knowledge of current events and challenge your current way of thinking about law topics.
There are obvious skills that every attorney needs—knowledge of evidence, for example. But there are also lesser known skills that turn an average attorney into a great one.
There are dozens of LL.M. programs available at schools all over the country. There are LL.M. programs covering a wide range of topics from Advocacy and Elder Law to Gaming Law and Tax (110 categories at last count!), according to the ABA.
In the best classes, the professor isn’t the only one teaching. We learn from each other. Connecting with other students and discussing the material is integral for building knowledge. You may be concerned that you’ll miss interacting with students in an online class, but even though our Advocacy and Elder Law LL.M. programs are conducted virtually, our classes are set up so that students connect every week.
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