LL.M. students at Maine Law visit county courthouse, Bernstein Shur law firm

Feb. 20, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – After graduating two students in 2013 during its first year of existence, the LL.M. (Master of Laws) program at the University of Maine School of Law has seven students enrolled this academic year. There are two students from Rwanda, two from Saudi Arabia, and individuals from Colombia, France and Georgia.

During the fall semester, LL.M. students visited judges at the Cumberland County Courthouse, as well as attorneys at the Portland law firm of Bernstein Shur. The visits were organized and supervised by Professors Martin Rogoff and Charles Norchi, and Reference Librarian Julie Welch.

At the courthouse, students met with Chief Justice Leigh Saufley (’80) of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and Chief Justice Thomas Humphrey of the Maine Superior Court. Chief Justices Saufley and Humphrey described the organization and work of the Maine courts, answered questions from the students, and engaged in probing dialogue with them as they compared the American judicial system with the judicial systems of their home countries.

LL.M. students participating in the visits were Yasir Alessa (Saudi Arabia), Ana Chechelashvili (Georgia), Michel Kanyambo (Rwanda), Sebastien Nahimana (Rwanda), Andrea Navarro (Colombia), and Justine Touzet (France). Other student participants included: Juanjuan Yuan (Visiting Scholar from China), Mileva Vignjevic (auditor from Croatia), and Elena Zaltser (exchange student from Russia).

The LL.M. program at Maine Law is primarily intended for international students and practitioners who have earned a law degree outside of the United States. Participants design a curriculum suited to their individual interests and choose from advanced courses in specialized areas of law. Students wishing to sit for a state bar exam (for example, Maine or New York) may complete the requirements through their course of study at Maine Law.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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