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Welcoming Our Amazing LL.M. Students

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Aug 18, 2017

This week, besides our entering J.D. class, King Hall also is welcoming an amazing class of LL.M. students.  The group of 74 LL.M. students literally hail from around the world -- Canada, China, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.  This week, they have been participating in an orientation.

I had the opportunity to welcome the LL.M. Class of 2020, which includes lawyers, judges, and students from many different nations.  The richness of the University of California system and UC Davis in particular was at the top of my list.  I also cautioned the group to be careful while biking, especially when the thousands of undergraduates descend on the campus later in the fall.

At the end of the first full day of orientation, students, faculty, and staff mingled at a reception in the King Hall courtyard.  It was nice to talk with the students and faculty in an informal setting.  I learned much about the students, including an attorney with experience in boxing in his homeland and a couple of students homesick for the food in their native countries.  From our friends from Saudi Arabia and South Korea, I learned much about political, economic, and other developments in their countries.   

After I welcomed the group and highlighted the diversity and community that are hallmarks of King Hall, Associate Dean for International Programs Beth Greenwood and Professors Floyd Feeney, William Dodge, and Anupam Chander offered words of encouragement and inspiration.

The international law programs are an important part of the diversity and excellence that is King Hall.  We are fortunate that foreign attorneys, judges, and scholars come to UC Davis to study American law.  And we learn much from them as well.