Texas A and M University School of Law and LawSikho will offer scholarships to lawyers from developing countries
LawSikho, a legal IT startup, has partnered with Texas A and M University School of Law to bring young lawyers from developing countries in South Asia up to speed on international IP careers around the world entire. This LLM program, with an emphasis on international intellectual property law, has been formulated to enable increased global participation by students from South Asia.
The law school has identified that a large number of lawyers from developing countries aspire to build international legal careers, but due to the high cost of education as well as the relatively high cost of living in the United States, they cannot access high quality international higher education.
Under the guidance of Dean Robert Ahdieh and Indian-born Senior Professor of Intellectual Property Law Srividhya Ragavan, a graduate of the National Law School, Bangalore, the law school began work on a special LLM program as well as significant scholarship opportunities in 2019, culminating in the law school announcing an LLM program for students from developing countries on its blog in April 2022.
“There is a lot of legal talent in developing countries, but they often struggle to access high quality international legal education. Often it is an issue of affordability, which we will address through this program,” said Srividhya Ragavan, who leads the program. “Personally, I look forward to contributing to the development of international legal research, creating a pool of international lawyers who understand the American legal system and can contribute to growing cooperation between the United States and its nations,” added Ragavan.
“This year, we want to extend this opportunity to a carefully selected group of international students from developing countries and create exceptional learning and career outcomes for each of them. The first batch is expected to start in August 2022 with 20 lawyers,” said Ahdieh,
Ramanuj Mukherjee, CEO of LawSikho, said LawSikho will play a key role in the growth of the program by providing outreach through its platform, job placement support and training, preparation courses for several international bar exams and opportunities for international awareness for learners. “This will be a game-changer for many lawyers who already benefit from global talent arbitration and international remote work opportunities, as they can massively build their credibility and track record through a program like this. A top US law school recognizing this growing opportunity will accelerate the integration of international remote work into the legal realm,” Mukherjee added.
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