Harvard Law’s LL.M. Class of 2020
Harvard Law School’s Graduate Program officially welcomed the LL.M. (Master of Laws) Class of 2020 to campus last week.
The class is made up of 182 students representing 61 countries and jurisdictions, ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe,
Harvard Law’s LL.M. is a one-year degree program that typically includes 180 students each year.
“The philosophy of the LL.M. program is to offer our students a broad platform to design their own course of study within parameters set by the Harvard Law School faculty,” according to Harvard Law. “Those parameters include some exposure to U.S. law, some writing experience, and, in the case of students who hold a J.D. degree from a school in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, a recommended exposure to legal theory.”
CLASS OF 2020 MAKEUP
This year’s entering class is experienced.
98% of the Class of 2020 holds law degrees from law schools outside of the United States or Puerto Rico, with 80% having completed two or more years of law practice, teaching, and/or advanced studies.
Experience is diverse for this class as well, with lawyers in private practice, government officials and policy experts, law teachers, tech and legal startup founders, judges, prosecutors, a physician, a certified international mediator, activists and NGO founders, doctoral students, Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, U.S. Navy JAG officers, and Supreme or Constitutional Court clerks for courts in 10 countries.
In addition, a majority of the LL.M. students already have advanced degrees in law or in fields such as history, literature, applied mathematics, and engineering.