July 11, 2009
2009 Egypt Program Commencement
First Graduation Candidates from IU School of Law Indianapolis LL.M. Egypt Program Set to Take Center Stage
Speaker: Her Excellency, Minister Moushira Khattab, Ministry of State for Family and Population of Egypt
Time: 7:00 P.M.
Location: Cairo University Campus
On Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 7 pm, 19 students will become the first group of candidates for degree conferral from the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis LL.M. Egypt Program. Graduation candidates, their families, school officials and program guests will attend a commencement ceremony held in the Faculty Theater on the Cairo University campus. These graduation candidates received an American style legal education, taught by the faculty and adjunct faculty of IU Law-Indianapolis in newly renovated facilities and with the same technology found in American law school classrooms through funding received by USAID - Egypt.
Since January of 2008, the Indiana University School of LawIndianapolis Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program has been offered to students at program sites located on the Alexandria and Cairo University Faculties of Law. Pursuant to a grant award from USAID Egypt, Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis entered into formal agreements with both the Faculties of Law at Cairo and Alexandria University to offer the International and Comparative Law track of its LL.M. Program (with a curricular emphasis in international business and commercial law) to qualified Egyptian nationals onsite in Egypt. Through these collaborative efforts, and the financial backing of USAID Egypt, the IU School of Law - Indianapolis became the first and only U.S. law school to offer a graduate law degree program in the Middle East. To date, the Egypt Program has just over 100 students enrolled in classes at its program sites on both collaborative partner campuses. The program expects to hold its next graduation ceremony in late spring 2010 for approximately 75 students.
Graduates of the program are anticipated to play a significant role in on-going efforts to improve Egypts overall economy and the legal system. According to the project director, Professor Dr. Frank Emmert, "USAID is working with Egyptian officials to help rewrite or modernize that countrys legislation and government policies with a view toward the business sector." To do so, the country will need lawyers who are qualified to handle international business transactions, modern corporate laws and commercial transactions and to that end, the U.S. Master of Laws Program offered by the law school will target graduates of the four-year bachelor of laws programs at the two Egyptian universities, along with currently practicing attorneys and judges in Egypt.
Gary Roberts, Dean of the IU School of Law Indianapolis says, "Through this program, the IU School of Law - Indianapolis will play a central role in building bridges between the Middle East and the U.S. as our graduates become legal, political, and business leaders in Egypt and other countries around the Middle East, a region of the world that has become of critical importance to the United States."
For additional information about the IU School of Law - Indianapolis LL.M. Egypt Program, please visit http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/llm/egypt.htm.