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News Posted on August 28, 2015

UC Davis Hosts Summer 2015 International Commercial Law LL.M and Structuring International Joint Ventures Students

ICL and SIJV studentsOver the past eight weeks, UC Davis School of Law welcomed an outstanding group of mid-level and senior legal professionals to its summer International Commercial Law (ICL) LL.M. program and to its two-week workshop, Structuring International Joint Ventures.

UC Davis's unique LL.M. program allows international lawyers, judges, and legal professionals to complete their degrees with a specialization in International Commercial Law in two to five summers of study at King Hall and in locations such as Italy and Brazil. The convenience and flexibility of the ICL LL.M. program make it possible for legal professionals to maintain their practices while acquiring critical skills for representing clients in a fast-paced international commercial environment.

This year's ICL LL.M. welcomed legal professionals from a dozen countries and from four continents. They arrived beginning in late June to take up to eight weeks of coursework. First-year students enrolled in the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program, a foundational course. After completing this course, students joined small seminars taught by UC Davis Law School faculty in subjects such as business associations, conflict of laws, intellectual property (including the two-week Licensing Academy), comparative law, anti-trust and other specialized subjects that are critical for representing clients in complex global business.

This year, many of the students also joined the two-week advanced workshop in Structuring International Joint Ventures, taught by faculty and senior practitioners.

Patrick Del Duca, of Zuber Lawler & Del Duca, teaches the first week of the advanced program. He describes the curriculum this way: "This year's program leads the students through the creation of a joint technology venture. The partners are Japanese and American, and the intent is to distribute the product on a global basis. We've also set it up so that there's a manufacturing facility in Mexico. So, it's a scenario with many moving parts and opportunities for the students to become directly involved in specific critical issues as they work in small groups. After I finish leading the students through the creation of the venture, a second instructor will come in and take the students through the dispute resolution process that ensues when the venture fails."

Del Duca has played an important role in the Structuring International Joint Ventures program for two decades. "Personally," says Del Duca, "it's really exciting for me to help lawyers from around the world to develop as they collaborate. Our practice environment is ever more global, and UC Davis, with this program, is really at the center of that." 

Jaime Lopez joined the advanced program from Mexico, where he is partner in a law firm that works with major car companies. "I engage in corporate law and some social security and labor law," says Lopez. "What has been most interesting for me thus far is confidentiality agreements and intellectual property. I have a long-time friend who recommended the programs at UC Davis. I now have colleagues and friends from Brazil, Italy, Spain, and South Korea. The students are very professional, the city and campus in Davis are peaceful and friendly, the Law School library is great, and the classrooms are magnificent. I came here this summer to check out the Law School and the program, to see if I would like to apply to the summer International Commercial Law LL.M. I am so happy with my experience here! I am already planning to come back next summer as an LL.M."

Malgorzata Lubelska returned from Poland for her second summer in the ICL LL.M. She greatly values this specialized LL.M. because she is able to work on her doctorate and engage in research, teaching and her legal practice during the year at home. Says Lubeleska, "The most interesting topic in the program for me so far has been Financing International Transactions. I had learned the concepts before, and even worked in that area in a law firm, but I had never fully understood them until I took the program here. UC Davis provides a really unique opportunity through this program and I really recommend it."

Beth Greenwood, Associate Dean for International Law Programs at the UC Davis School of Law, says UC Davis School of Law is "proud of the role we have played, for almost 20 years, in contributing our expertise to the global business environment. We have hosted many incredible international legal professionals in the summer LL.M., and our specialized programs, and these program alums now form a powerful global network of sophisticated international practitioners."

For more information about Structuring International Joint Ventures and other International Law Programs, please visit law.ucdavis.edu/international or contact Kate Asche at internationallaw@ucdavis.edu or 530-757-8569.