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News Posted on February 13, 2014

Petrobras Attorneys Earn LL.M. Degrees from UC Davis School of Law

Twelve lawyers from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras), Brazil have earned LL.M. degrees in International Commercial Law as part of a unique partnership between the largest energy company in Latin America and UC Davis School of Law. The Brazilian attorneys were selected for the International Commercial Law program from more than 195 Petrobras lawyers who have participated in Energy and Commercial Law training programs at King Hall over the past seven years. 

Since 2006, the School of Law has offered classes on energy and commercial law to Petrobras lawyers at King Hall, the University of Cologne, Germany, and in Rio de Janeiro.  The program was initiated by Nilton Maia, Executive Manager of the Petrobras Legal Department, as a means of addressing the educational needs of the company's rapidly expanding legal department, which is now the largest law firm in Latin America.  Maia met with Dean Kevin R. Johnson in 2007 to formalize a partnership that would provide Petrobras attorneys with international commercial law training needed to support the company's global expansion in oil exploration and leadership in alternative energy sources.

"UC Davis School of Law is proud of its long-term partnership with Petrobras, one of the largest energy companies in the world and the largest company in Latin America," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson. "This is an important program for the Law School and an important contribution to the Chancellor's 2020 Initiative."

The 2020 Initiative, first proposed by UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi during her 2011 Fall Convocation address, calls for expanded international outreach programs as part of a plan to leverage campus infrastructure and capabilities to achieve greater financial stability and enhance the national and international diversity of the student body. As part of the initiative, the School of Law is seeking to expand its groundbreaking International Commercial Law LL.M. program, a unique partnership with UC Davis Extension. Founded in 2001, the program was the first of its kind in the United States and has since become a model for international legal education programs.   

"The International Commercial Law LL.M. program has brought several hundred international lawyers and judges to UC Davis School of Law and has created an international network of alumni," said Professor Daniel Simmons, Graduate Group Chair of the LL.M. in International Commercial Law program. "The program has met an important need for global legal education in a rapidly changing international commercial environment."