Wayne State University

Director's message

Photo of Linda Beale

Welcome back to students returning for the winter term, and welcome to those who are reviewing Wayne Law's LL.M. Web page to learn more about the exciting opportunities here to further your legal education.

While the weather outside has cooled down from our exceptionally warm December, the pace in the classrooms is already gaining speed as students dig into their winter term projects.

Many LL.M. students begin work on their master's theses during the winter term, and that means a two-pronged process: talking to potential faculty advisors about general topic areas and a flurry of online and library reading in their area of interest to further refine the topic. Once their faculty advisor and the LL.M. director approve the topic, it's a semester-long process of research and drafting to organize and articulate the ideas around a cohesive thesis. This is the culmination of the LL.M. studies, so it is a process that I enjoy discussing with students as they refine their thesis. Many faculty members here at Wayne Law advise students on this work and find it a wonderful way to get to know the students and to explore a particular area of legal doctrine that they might not otherwise have spent much time on.

Students majoring in Corporate and Finance, Taxation, and Labor and Employment law will be exploring upper-level courses in those areas this semester, including the Taxation of Corporate Mergers and Restructurings (for Corporate and Finance or Taxation majors) and Employment Discrimination Law for the Labor and Employment law majors. The expertise they develop through these courses should prepare them well for practicing in these areas, whether they are planning to work in boutique firms, larger firms that cover a broad array of case types, in-house or in government.

For U.S. Law students, the winter term is a chance to apply the foundational knowledge of the U.S. legal system gained in their 9 credit hours of coursework in the fall. Some may focus on one particular doctrinal area, such as constitutional, international or criminal law. Others may want to get an overview of U.S. transactional law, taking courses in taxation, corporate finance or business planning. Others still may be interested in the more local area of family law and domestic relations, taking one of a number of courses and seminars offered in this area. Whatever the courses chosen, they will receive an introduction to a part of the U.S. legal system that would be hard to understand from afar.

Whether you are here at Wayne Law in the middle of LL.M. training or considering the Wayne Law LL.M. program, we wish you well. Stay warm, and enjoy the winter vista.

Linda McKissack Beale
Professor of Law
Director of Graduate Studies

Jan. 25, 2016

Training the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders