Wayne State University

Director's message

Photo of Paul DubinskyAs director of graduate studies, I welcome you to Wayne Law’s LL.M. program. Our program provides advanced study in three specialized areas: corporate and finance law, labor and employment law, and taxation. We also offer a generalized program for graduates of foreign law schools who seek an overview of the U.S. legal system. All of these programs put students in touch directly with a superb faculty, including international experts in some areas and faculty members whose teaching is informed by actual law practice experience. Outside the classroom, our students benefit from internship opportunities afforded by our dynamic urban location in the heart of Detroit.

In addition to directing the program, I teach courses in civil procedure, international law and comparative law. These areas are the focus of my research and scholarly writing and my involvement in professional organizations, such as the International Law Assocation, American Society of Comparative Law and U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Group on Private International Law. From time to time, students assist me as I undertake projects for these organizations and seek to advance the law.

My current research focuses on the place of treaties within the U.S. legal system. Remarkably, after many years of consensus on key aspects of American treaty law (e.g. interpretation, formation), the impact of treaties within the U.S. legal system has become uncertain. Along with two of my colleagues, I am writing a book on this subject.

What I enjoy most about teaching international LL.M. students is their curiosity and sense of adventure. It brings me back to the time when I was a foreign graduate student in Belgium, and everything was just so interesting. My experience as an LL.M. student at the Catholic Univertsity of Leuven in the early 1990s was transformative. It was the first time I totally immersed myself in another society and tried to imagine what it was like to view the world from that point of view. I made friendships that endure to this day.

When I am not teaching, writing, directing the program or presenting at conferences, I can be found outside (biking or swimming) or inside, engrossed in a murder mystery or film.

Thank you for your interest in our program. I look forward to receiving your application materials, learning about you and hopefully welcoming you to our program.

Paul R. Dubinsky
Associate Professor of Law
Director of Graduate Studies

Training the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders