Meet John Burgess, New Executive Director of the LL.M. Program
We're excited to announce that Adjunct Professor of International Law, John Burgess, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the LL.M. Program. John has had an extraordinary career as a practicing attorney in international trade, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and security law. Listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts’ “Super Lawyers”, John recently retired as a partner in the WilmerHale law firm. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former President of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.
About the LL.M.
A traditional legal education is no longer sufficient to equip international lawyers with the tools they need to succeed in the complex field of international law. International lawyers need a broader contextual understanding, not only of the law but also of the societies and institutions in which international law is made, interpreted, and applied.
The Fletcher LL.M. program reflects these realities. It is therefore different from programs offered by traditional law schools. It is focused exclusively on issues of public and private international law, across of range of nearly 30 courses taught by experts in international law with extensive real world experience. Fletcher’s law offerings are complemented by the diverse group of other political science, history, business and economics courses that make up the Fletcher curriculum, affording students a unique depth and breadth of experience and a rich context for their legal studies. The program is limited in size, offering the opportunity for close faculty contract as well as a variety of special programs, including High Table symposia, a major piece of independent research, and a dedicated year-end retreat.
Fletcher’s LL.M. Program helps students consolidate, expand, and advance their existing careers, and it provides superb preparation for those interested in a new career in international or non-governmental organizations, government agencies, international businesses and law firms, diplomatic missions, foreign and defense ministries, and other international institutions. Please view a representative list of employers of recent LL.M. graduates.
Fletcher is in a unique position to prepare the next generation of global leaders. Our faculty and alumni have a global vision, as well as a pragmatic approach to solving the world’s most pressing problems. During your year at Fletcher, you will have exclusive access to some of the most innovative thinking in international law, addressing the most pressing issues of the day.
Among the distinctive features of the Program is a "High Table" luncheon series, throughout the academic year for LL.M. students and faculty that features presentations by outside experts from the public and private sectors, faculty, visiting scholars, and other guest speakers. The High Table allows unique access and opportunities to engage in an invitation-only setting, providing students with insights drawn from the personal experiences of the speakers.
The five-day, year-end Capstone Colloquium is another unique feature of the Program. Students have the opportunity to complete their year of study by listening to and exchanging ideas with guest speakers, the Fletcher law faculty, and their fellow classmates, in an off-site residential setting that is both stimulating and relatively informal. Contacts made during the Capstone have led directly to employment opportunities, publishing outlets for thesis work, and the cementing of relationships with friends and colleagues.
Admission to the LL.M. program is highly selective and is limited to no more than 25 students, which enables us to support each student’s unique academic and professional interests. Admissions decisions are based on an evaluation of each candidate’s application by the LL.M. faculty and the Program directors
The Fletcher experience does not end with receipt of your diploma. The Fletcher alumni community, as well as the Office of Career Services and the Program director, are available during the academic year and thereafter to support each student’s professional goals. Our resources provide career mentoring, strategy, and networks designed to give Fletcher alums an insider’s understanding of the international job market.