What Makes Fletcher's LL.M. Unique?

John Burgess, Executive Director of the LL.M. program and Professor of Practice at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, speaks about what makes the LL.M. program at Fletcher so unique.

Fletcher is in a unique position to prepare the next generation of global leaders. Our 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 the "High Table" luncheon series. High Table luncheons  for LL.M. students and faculty occur throughout the academic year, and feature 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 conversation, providing students with insights drawn from the personal experiences of the speakers.

The three-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 a 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 cementing relationships with friends and colleagues.

Buttressing our distinctive LL.M. programming, the LL.M. curriculum offers students a multidisciplinary experience. The cutting-edge Fletcher curriculum includes courses in international law, business, economics, political science, diplomacy, and area studies.

Admission to the LL.M. program is highly selective and is limited to no more than 20 students, which enables Fletcher's faculty and staff 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 director.

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.