Kate Barron Alicante, Director, LLM for Foreign Lawyers: Energy Law Concentration, visits China and discusses TU Law’s new energy concentration within the LL.M. in American Law program.
For a second time this year I find myself in China, promoting the LLM in American Law at TU College of Law.
Why, you ask? Well, over the past few years, the wider University of Tulsa has built an increasingly international profile. Students and scholars come to TU for our expertise in petroleum engineering, in business and energy management and other disciplines across the colleges.
Now, under the leadership of Dean Janet Levit, TU College of Law is set on its own global course. This vision emanated from discussions between Dean Levit, Aaron Hurvitz, a TU Law alum who works in China, and TU’s Center for Global Education. The result is the launch of a new energy concentration within our long held LL.M. in American Law. TU Law is strategically investing to connect our College’s expertise in energy law with international law students who are eager to study here and bring that expertise back to their home country.
And so in China, I have met with law students, faculty and staff to discuss American law school in general, and TU College of Law and its LL.M. and energy concentration in particular. The results have been impressive.
Already, we have identified and cultivated relationships with three prominent law schools in Beijing. Our program and their student profile are a strong match. So it is no surprise that when I find myself speaking to a group of students about the prospect of getting an LL.M. degree in the US at TU Law they are eager and full of questions. Although they are undergraduates (as are most law students outside the US), their English is extraordinary. The students are also savvy, and probe about the potential employment benefits of studying energy law in the US and returning to China to compete in a crowded legal job market. Given China’s economic expansion and its resulting demands on natural resources, there is certainly a need for lawyers trained in these issues who also have experience in a global context.
For our students, faculty and staff at the College of Law, this gradual internationalization will be tangible in the coming academic years. JD students, particularly those taking energy and environmental courses, will find their classrooms diversifying with international classmates and perspectives. On multiple fronts there is great potential for learning and sharing between our American students and faculty and our incoming international LL.M. students, from China and other countries around the globe.