IU McKinney, WTC Indianapolis create international trade law LL.M. track

A new partnership between an Indiana-based global trade organization and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has resulted in a new educational track for foreign-born lawyers pursuing a Master of Laws degree from the Indianapolis law school.

IU McKinney and World Trade Center Indianapolis announced last week the creation of the Master of Laws track in international trade law, the seventh track available to the school’s LL.M. students. The track was created pursuant to a memorandum of understanding signed by the law school and WTC Indianapolis on Thursday, creating a program that seeks to combine higher education and business and provide law students with opportunities to garner legal experience in the areas of international trade and commerce.

The international trade law track will be launched in 2019 following a pilot program earlier this year.

“World Trade Center Indianapolis is pleased to partner with IU McKinney School of Law to offer hands-on legal training in international trade,” WTC Indianapolis President and CEO Doris Anne Sadler said in a statement through the law school. “International trade conducted in Indiana accounted for over $92 billion in economic activity in just the last year. Our state’s long-term economic growth relies on strengthening our connections abroad through education and commerce.”

As the only WTC licensed in Indiana, WTC Indianapolis connects Hoosier businesses to a global marketplace through a network of more than 300 World Trade Centers across the world. During the pilot program, McKinney students served in pro bono service roles with WTC Indianapolis that allowed them to lead trade missions to China, coordinate inbound trade missions with officials from foreign business, and assist in organizing a memorandum of understanding between WTC Indianapolis and World Trade Center Harbin in China.

“Thanks to their experiences with World Trade Center Indianapolis, our LL.M. students have graduated and entered the workplace with practical knowledge of and expertise in international trade,” IU McKinney vice dean Karen Bravo said in a statement. “Whether they return to their home countries or seek a career in the United States, they are well-prepared to apply the knowledge and skills earned in expanding Indiana’s international and foreign investment footprint to their post-graduation professional endeavors.”

WTC Indianapolis chair Greg Zoeller said he expects the MOU to have long-term benefits for the Hoosier state, while providing unique opportunities for IU McKinney students.

“These students will become international trade ambassadors for Indianapolis and the State of Indiana through their experience with our world class law school,” Zoeller said in a statement.

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