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LLM Program Activities

Mentor Program

LLM student Lei Zhao and his mentor Paul Tomita
LLM student Lei Zhao (left) and his mentor, Paul Tomita (right), at the 2012 Mentor Reception.

This is the 13th year of the International Mentor Program (IMP) for LLM students at the USF School of Law. This unique program matches international LLM students with practicing attorneys—many of whom are JD and, in some instances, LLM graduates of the law school. The goal of IMP is to match current USF LLM students with San Francisco Bay Area attorneys who have expressed an interest in volunteering their time and sharing their knowledge about their legal experience. International students learn from and exchange information with attorneys specializing in a variety of legal fields. The International Mentor Program gives students valuable information regarding how law is practiced in California. In addition, LLM students frequently have expertise that is of interest to their mentors. Mentors are encouraged to discuss the current economic conditions in the legal field, job prospects for LLM graduates in the region, and share their thoughts on careers for LLM students and career planning. Some mentors also include their students in social and recreational activities, such as wine tasting, hiking, biking, soccer matches, and sailing.

Court and Prison Visits

The LLM Class of 2012 visits the California Supreme Court
The LLM Class of 2012 visits the California Supreme Court.

San Francisco is an extension of the USF campus and plays a vital role in the overall educational experience that our LLM students have while studying here. The law school is located minutes away from the Civic Center, home to federal, state, and local government agencies and federal and state courts. In the fall semester, LLM students study specific cases and then visit and hear oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. In the spring, LLM students attend a jury trial and participate in a guided tour at San Quentin Prison. We believe that these visits are among the most important activities for LLM students outside of the classroom.

LLM Career Program

The USF School of Law recognizes that finding employment as an attorney in the United States can be very challenging. The Office of Career Planning (OCP) guides students and alumni through the process of seeking employment.

OCP helps create a personalized job search strategy, reviews job related documents, prepares students with mock interviews, and provides information throughout each phase of the job search. OCP advises the LLM community on their professional development, suggests legal specialties to explore depending on an individual's interests, and generally acts as a sounding board and resource for career exploration and options.

Career planning services including individual career counseling, resume and cover letter review, career workshops and programs on job search skills and practice areas, on-campus interviews, and a job postings database. In addition, the LLM Program and OCP organize the International LLM Career Program early in the spring semester. This special event features a knowledgeable group of panelists, including the director of OCP and practicing attorneys from various fields, who discuss challenges LLM graduates face when transitioning from jobs abroad to jobs in the United States, information on representing overseas clients doing business in the U.S., and legal job opportunities that may be available for LLMs in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Student Bar Association

All JD and LLM students attending the law school are members of the Student Bar Association (SBA). The LLM students elect their representative to the SBA in September. The SBA sponsors social and cultural activities and gives students a voice in school policy. The SBA also funds and oversees student organizations, such as the Business Law Association, Environmental Law Society, Intellectual Property and Cyberspace Law Association, International Law Society, Labor and Employment Law Student Association, National Lawyers Guild, Pride Law Association, Public Interest Law Foundation, and the Women's Law Association.

Social Activities

Professor Emeritus Eldon Reiley House.
Students during the Fall 2012 visit to Professor Emeritus Eldon Reiley's house.

When it’s time to unwind, our backyard is Golden Gate Park – a favorite spot for running, cycling, or studying outside. Cafes, restaurants, clubs, and all the fun of city life are at our students’ doorstep. Entertainment options are limitless, from ballet, opera, theater, concerts and symphony to the Chinese New Year Parade, Carnival Parade, and other cultural events. With a thriving arts and music scene, unique shops, restaurants, and clubs, postcard perfect views, and professional sports teams (Go Giants!), it’s no wonder San Francisco is the number one tourist destination in the United States. As a student at USF, you will call it home.

One of the first social activities that we organize for our LLM students is a visit to the beautiful coastal home of Professor Emeritus Eldon Reiley, founder of the LLM Program, in Montara, California. Students have the opportunity to mingle with fellow students, staff, USF faculty, visiting international faculty and scholars, and LLM alumni who live in the San Francisco Bay Area.