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Victor Yisa

LL.M., International and Comparative Law

Victor Yisa

One of our objectives is to foster integration between our [Master of Laws Association] members and the larger university community.

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After earning his law degree and practicing law in his native Nigeria for several years, Victor Yisa wanted a new challenge. Believing that there is no end to learning, and needing to challenge himself academically sent Yisa on a search for an LL.M. program.

After researching the options, Yisa says he chose IU McKinney because he was “impressed by its curriculum” and “a commendable diverse community.”

Diversity is important to Yisa, who is serving as president of the Master of Laws Association (MLA). He calls the MLA among the most diverse student groups in the law school, with members from over ten different countries.

“The majority of our members are in the U.S. for the first time. One of our objectives is to foster integration between our members and the larger university community,” he said. One of the ways the MLA does that is through the International Student Speaker Series, which the group helped launch in spring 2012.

He’s taken full advantage of what IU McKinney has to offer students, including an externship through the Program on International Human Rights Law. Yisa spent seven weeks during summer 2013 in the social justice department of Shine Lawyers, a prominent firm in Australia. He spent the last five weeks of the externship in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he was a volunteer with Bridges Across Borders South East Asia, a nonprofit organization that collaborates with universities in southeast Asia in the area of clinical legal education.

After completing his LL.M. studies, Yisa plans to pursue an S.J.D. degree, “with a view to eventually give back to the university community by way of an academic career,” he said. He also plans to remain involved with a nonprofit organization he leads “Vision Center International.” The group’s main objective is to help eradicate avoidable blindness by promoting the health, education and welfare of the blind and visually impaired in developing countries.

“Our main focus for now is in Nigeria, where there are over one million blind people and many more with various degrees of visual impairment,” Yisa said. “I intend to put a lot of time and energy into achieving these goals.”