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IU McKinney Celebrates LL.M. Program's 10th Anniversary, Reflects on Past, Anticipates Future


More than 500 LL.M. graduates from nearly 60 countries are now counted among alumni of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and the 2012-2013 academic year marked the 10th anniversary of the LL.M program.

IU McKinney celebrated by welcoming LL.M. alumni for a day of festivities on April 9, 2013, in the Wynne Courtroom.

The program began in fall 2002 with one track, American Law for Foreign Lawyers, and 10 students graduated in the first LL.M. class in May 2003. The LL.M. program now includes five tracks, having added Health Law, Policy and Bioethics; Intellectual Property Law; International and Comparative Law; and Human Rights Law. Rounding out the Graduate Studies Program, the law school added a Doctor of Juridical Science, or S.J.D., in 2005.

Professor of Law Emeritus Jeffrey W. Grove launched the program and was appointed IU McKinney’s first Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in 2002.

“I envisioned a program that would bring students from around the world to study at our law school … “ and “offer domestic students the opportunity to interact with students from different countries, cultures, and legal systems, and thus to broaden their horizons,” Grove said in an email interview with Perfecto ‘Boyet’ Caparas, LL.M. ’05, and IU McKinney’s Graduate Studies Program Manager.  

Professor Emeritus Lawrence P. Wilkins and Professor George Edwards, the Carl M. Gray Professor of Law, took over the responsibilities after Grove retired. Professor James P. Nehf became Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in January 2009. He’s pleased by the success LL.M. graduates have found in their careers.

“The success of any program depends on the success of its graduates,” Nehf said. “We have been fortunate to see our graduates go on to achieve their goals and beyond--be it passing a bar exam and practicing law in the United States, going home to professorships at their universities, successfully running for public office, or publishing their articles in scholarly journals.”

Nehf will step down at the end of 2013 as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Professor Karen Bravo, who serves as Associate Dean for International Affairs, will add the role as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies to her area of responsibility on January 1, 2014.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with our wonderful graduate students and staff, and to build on the foundations created by my predecessors in this role – Dean Grove, Professor Wilkins, and Dean Nehf,” Bravo said. “Their vision and stewardship have contributed to the strength of the program, the diversity of its offerings, and its contributions to the intellectual and international life of our school.”

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