Chicago-Kent adds LL.M. in Trial Advocacy of foreign attorneys, students

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has started an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy for Internationals. The program is designed to provide training in the adversarial system for both practicing international attorneys and foreign law students.

"Many countries—most notably those in Latin America and Asia—are making the transition from inquisitorial systems to adversarial systems," said Patricia Sudendorf, director of the Trial Advocacy for Internationals Program, who will oversee the new program. "IIT Chicago-Kent is in a unique position to teach foreign legal professionals how to practice effectively in adversarial legal systems that rely on oral advocacy skills.”

The program will begin in 2014, and is the first of its kind for foreign lawyers.

Students must complete 24 credits, with courses that include Introduction to the American Legal System, Trial Advocacy, Litigation Ethics and Professionalism, Evidence and the Art of Advocacy, and Litigation Technology. In addition to the course work, students will complete an externship in litigation.

IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy program is one of the top ranked programs in the country. Its teams have won numerous championships and individual student honors in regional and national competitions. The law school has provided training in recent years for Mexican judges, practicing attorneys, law professors and students.