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Training Global Leaders


The first class of LL.M. students arrived on campus this fall to a warm welcome. Of ninety applicants, twenty were admitted (from seventeen countries), and six are enrolled. All six are lawyers from countries other than America, here to be exposed to the US legal system.

Director of the LL.M. and International Programs Gail Hupper is spirited about the new program and its students. “The level of enthusiasm for the new LL.M. program is tremendous,” she said. “I [enjoy] working with this new group of students and helping integrate the perspectives they bring into the classroom and the daily life of the school. Their presence here will further energize an already rich complement of international activities.”

Aida Abdyllaeva (Kyrgyzstan) earned both an M.A. in economics and an LL.B. from the International University of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She has worked as a lawyer since 1998 with various organizations in Kyrgyzstan. She also served as the executive manager of the International Business Council in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Pil Gun Byun (Korea) holds degrees from Seoul National University and the Judicial
Research and Training Institute, Seoul, Korea. He has worked as a public prosecutor for the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea, and was a judge advocate for the Republic
of Korea Navy. Albéniz Couret Fuentes (Puerto Rico) received his J.D. from Inter-American University and his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, both in
San Juan. He also studied at Sacred Heart University, San Juan, Puerto Rico. He most recently served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of Puerto Rico Court of Appeals Hon. Dolores Rodríguez de Oronoz.

Carolina Duque (Colombia) was educated as a lawyer at Bolivariana Pontifical University
and at Antioquia University, Medellín, Columbia. She worked as a banking lawyer in Columbia for five years, prior to becoming an intern with the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Rachel Laurence (Switzerland) completed her law training through the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and through the Judicial Branch of the Canton of Bern, Switzerland. Additionally, she received a diploma from the Gemological Institute of
America in New York. Her work experience ranges from business law to gemology.

Chang-Sik Min (Korea) earned a diploma from the Judicial Research and Training
Institute, and his LL.B. from Seoul National University, both in Seoul, Korea. He has
been working as an associate in intellectual property at Bae, Kim & Lee in Seoul, Korea.