…Suffolk’s LLM program stands out among the group as a leader in innovative and hands-on information, providing its students with a rounded knowledge and a global perspective – which is so important in today’s ever shrinking world…” – Darren Braham, Boston Consulting Group, Former LLM Student, Suffolk University Law School
In the center of downtown Boston, USA, lies Suffolk University Law School; a higher education institution that has refined the nation’s most distinguished law professionals for more than 100 years. Consistently prioritizing real-world practice and experiential learning options, Suffolk Law represents the ideal destination to begin the rewarding ascent to a career in global law.
Suffolk is one of only 14 select law schools in the nation with five or more programs ranked in the 2018 edition of US News & World Report. Suffolk was ranked in all four legal skills specialty areas—clinics, dispute resolution, legal writing, and trial advocacy—for the last two years. It is the only law school to achieve this distinction. Additionally, this year, Suffolk’s Intellectual Property program was ranked #27.
“I chose Suffolk Law for several reasons,” says Prapaporn Rojsiriruch, a former student of the Suffolk LLM and a Thai native.
“First, Suffolk Law offers many specialization areas in its LLM programs including International Law and Business and Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, granting students the opportunity to learn interesting course material taught by well-recognized and experienced professors,” she says.
“Also, Suffolk Law offers students the best facilities to support their learning and academic goals. I was most impressed with how Suffolk Law staff were very mindful and always replied to my emails extremely quickly with helpful answers and advice,” she explains.
Inspired by her experience at Suffolk Law, Prapaporn decided to become a lecturer back in her home country, taking on a full-time role at the Assumption University of Thailand School of Law. Now called upon as an expert in her field, the former Suffolk student may never have found her calling had it not been for the specialized knowledge and experience gained in her time at Suffolk Law; knowledge and experience she now has the pleasure of passing on in a classroom of her own.
“I found that there was a welcome reception right from the very start, with faculty and administrators who always had time for you when there was a need to discuss,” says Dr. Alexandra Diehl, a Senior Associate at Cliffford Chance Deutschland LLP and a fellow alumna who originally hails from Germany. “There was always an open-door policy. My father got very sick when I was in Boston and the warm and friendly atmosphere at Suffolk helped me to cope with that.”
As one of academia’s most respected fields, the pursuit of law-based higher education is a transformative and often life-changing experience. At Suffolk Law in particular, eager and aspiring lawyers come face-to-face with challenges they will not have ever seen before. From Law Review to Moot Court, students here learn the ins and outs of a complex profession, including how to harness technology and use it in the practice of law, from the industry’s brightest and best.
“My favorite part of Suffolk was the Faculty,” says Sheri Archidiacono, a US native and former student of the Suffolk LLM.
“I truly felt that the professors were engaged with me and my personal growth as a student and a lawyer,” she explains. “They encouraged me to join in on special projects, independent studies as well as the Journal of High Tech Law. I felt that the professors treated me more as a colleague than just as a student.”
Much like her peer Prapaporn, Sheri went on to find success in the professional world of law, currently serving as an esteemed member of the in-house counsel at Ruelala.com, where she practices corporate and commercial law at the crossroads of fashion and the digital marketplace.
“Not only did the topics of courses help me in my current employment,” she adds, “but what was even more helpful was the support that I received from faculty and staff to become confident and carry myself at a very high level of professionalism.”
Suffolk understands that expert coaching and workplace opportunities form the basis of a successful role in law. After all, reading about something is in no way the same as getting out there and truly experiencing it. As a result, the institution is always looking to find new ways to incorporate experiential learning in and out of the classroom – including Boston-based internships, simulation courses, Pro Bono opportunities, and international internships. “My internship with Suffolk Law was really an amazing opportunity that helped me a lot later in connecting with high academic figures,” says Haitham Osta, another former LLM student from Saudi Arabia.
“I was part of the Federal Judicial Observation’ Program and worked with a federal judge for about six months where I attended a full jury trial.
“Now I am teaching at the college level…utilizing lots of the hard materials I learned at Suffolk during my year there,” he adds. “The Suffolk Law LLM was a milestone in my path towards another LLM at Harvard and a PhD in Law from the University of Washington in Seattle. Believe it or not, my time at Harvard Law didn’t even come close to the experience I gained at Suffolk!”
But one of the most unique and unforgettable things about Suffolk Law lies in the vibrancy and dynamism of its US location. The school’s downtown Boston setting puts students directly in front of some of the nation’s most sought-after law placement opportunities, including city, state and even federal court houses, as well as with some of its most notable law firms. And in terms of student lifestyle, Suffolk Law does Boston at its best, set in convenient proximity to some of the city’s finest assets – including the world-renowned theater district, the shops of Newbury Street, and sports events at the TD Garden.
“I love Boston. It is a great, cultural, diverse city, and with so much history. With more than a 100 institutions of higher education in the Greater Boston area, you can feel the intensity and competition of higher education all over the city,” says Rene Quinones, a Mexican native and former LLM student, currently thriving as CEO of Rave Servicios Integrales, and Head Partner of Quinones Munoz Espinoza, S.C. Abogados – a leading Mexican law firm.
And for prospective international students thinking of applying to Suffolk University Law, Rene says just this: “Its professors are highly-respected in the national and international legal communities, and Suffolk has really excellent facilities. Also, the types of students who enroll at Suffolk Law are down-to-earth, tolerant and friendly. And since Suffolk is also an incredibly smart financial study decision, you will honestly never regret going here to earn your LLM.”