A new partnership between World Trade Center Indianapolis and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law aims to give law students the chance to build their legal skills in international trade and commerce. The two entities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to continue an effort that underwent a successful pilot earlier this year.
As part of the MOU, IU McKinney will begin offering a new educational track in international trade as part of its Master of Laws, or LL.M., program for graduate students. The track will be offered beginning in 2019.
The school says, during a pilot period for the track, students served in pro bono service roles with WTC Indianapolis in which they worked with business leaders in other countries to bring foreign trade opportunities to Indiana, helped lead trade missions to China, and assisted in organizing an MOU between WTC Indianapolis and WTC Harbin in China.
"Thanks to their experiences with World Trade Center Indianapolis, our LL.M. students have graduated and entered the workplace with practical knowledge of and expertise in international trade," said Karen Bravo, vice dean of the IU McKinney School of Law. "Whether they return to their home countries or seek a career in the United States, they are well-prepared to apply the knowledge and skills earned in expanding Indiana’s international and foreign investment footprint to their post-graduation professional endeavors."
Greg Zoeller, WTC Indianapolis chair and IU McKinney faculty member, says the agreement will have long-term benefits for the state, while providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for students. He says the students involved in the program will become international trade ambassadors for Indianapolis and the state through their experience.
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