Joyce Rodriguez, 2017, United States

Why the LLM: From law school and thereafter in the practice of law, attorneys tend to work with and learn from other attorneys, whether at law firms or otherwise. Similarly, most LLM programs are at law schools where all courses are taught by attorneys and your peers are all either law students or attorneys as well. In this respect, Fletcher is absolutely unique. Fletcher's LLM in International Law program, although heavily focused on law courses taught by attorney professors of law, infuses into its curriculum with two other fields of courses, economics in international business and diplomacy, history and politics. This is significant for two reasons. First, you are exposed to faculty experts in other areas extremely relevant to international law. The professors of economics, business or diplomacy and politics are also available to LLM students as capstone thesis advisers. Second, LLM students are taking courses with the entire Fletcher student body, including MALD, MA, MATA, MIB and PhD students. The student body consists of over 40% international students. Thus, Fletcher is the ideal learning environment for an American lawyer seeking a global perspective on law, economics and politics.

On student life: There are numerous clubs, forums, conferences, trips and other opportunities to explore any area of interest on the Fletcher campus. We are constantly receiving notifications of speakers, workshops or events relating from topics in international security to development to food policy.

Favorite musician or band


Favorite city

Montpellier, France

Most pressing world issue

International Corporate Social Responsibility

Fletcher alumnus you admire

Ambassador Roberta Jacobson

Favorite location on campus

Tisch Library Rooftop

Fields of Study

Public International Law

Activities involved in at Fletcher

Human Rights Practicum

Education before Fletcher

JD, University of Florida, Levin College of Law

BA, International Relations & Spanish, Tufts University

Experience before Fletcher

Attorney, Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo, Miami, FL

Attorney, Henkel & Cohen, P.A., Miami, FL

Law Clerk, VM Diaz & Partners, LLC, Miami Beach, FL