Tracy Reynolds, 2016, United States

Why the LLM at Fletcher? I chose Fletcher because of the community, the coursework, and the approach to problem solving. Rather than being surrounded exclusively by lawyers, my classmates have backgrounds in diplomacy, civil society, business, and government. Hearing these perspectives in class and during small group work gives me well-rounded viewpoints that complement by own legal background and ensure that I minimize my blind spots in both academics and experience. Fletcher's LLM program provides me with a strong foundation in theory, but also provides in-depth learning about the concrete application of these principles in the world. The faculty are not only academics but practitioners who can draw from real world experiences to illustrate their points. Fletcher's approach to confronting issues of law and diplomacy is holistic. There is nothing piecemeal here! Instead, coursework, discussions, and everyday thought focus on an inclusive approach that incorporates all aspects of a challenge. That's the education I wanted! Holistic and comprehensive.

On the Fletcher Community: The LLM students here came together as a cohesive family quickly and completely. In a few short days, we were texting each other regularly and socializing as often as possible. I invited the group to my home for dinner. As we sat at the table, I looked around the room and realized that Germany, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Australia, India, and the U.S. were sharing a meal, laughing together, and talking about everything. Where else does this happen with such sincerity and regularity? We will be professional colleagues and friends throughout the rest of our careers. That's tough to replicate or replace.

Favorite authors:

Jane Austen, Terry Pratchett, Neal Stephenson

Most rewarding trip:

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Most pressing world issue:

Extremism

Fletcher alumnus you admire:

General Joseph Dunford, USMC, 19th Chair of the Join Chiefs of Staff

Most interesting person you've met at Fletcher:

A German lawyer with a PhD in autonomous robotics and a love of chewy brownies!

Fields of Study

International Security Studies

Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

International Law Society

Education before Fletcher

Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies, Asia and the Pacific, Naval War College

JD, International Law & Health Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

Experience before Fletcher

Judge Advocate General, United States Navy, Virginia Beach, VA

Law Clerk, Washington D.C. Circuit Court, Washington, DC

Analyst, Accenture, St. Louis, MO

Languages

English

Spanish