The Red session marks a major milestone for the ELLM program, as it is in many ways our official ‘anniversary’– we first launched this program in January 2011 with the Red session with 3 intrepid pioneers, who represented the Philippines, Honduras, and the U.S. A year later, one has graduated (congratulations, Albert!) and the ELLM program has concluded three more sessions since then in summer 2011 . Our current Red session 2012, which began January 23rd, has 10 students enrolled in it, all of whom are taking U.S. Contract Law for the International Lawyer and U.S. Corporate Law for the International Lawyer. Of course, we are pleased by the 233% growth rate between these two sessions– who wouldn’t be?–but even more gratifying is the overall growth of the program and the high caliber of applicant it continues to attract. May will see our first four graduates of the ELLM walking across the stage to obtain their BU Law diplomas (congratulations also Marini, Jeff and Mark!), and we have a community of 26 students that is growing by the month. I look forward to seeing who else will join us before we close admissions in April.
For those of you interested in some statistics, our current Red session’s 10 students come from 8 countries: 2 each from the U.S. and Canada, as well as Austria, Costa Rica, Honduras, Italy, Russia and Spain. They include an American working in the UAE as a Senior Contracts Manager; a legal director for a major bank in Honduras; a multilingual US citizen with a background in French Lebanese law; a Group Manager of Law and Insurance and Compliance Officer for Europe’s largest printed circuit board manufacturer; a specialist and author in International Business Law from a Canadian perspective; a lawyer in Milan specializing in corporate and trade law, a senior manager for an American subsidiary of a Spanish renewable energy company; a business lawyer with 11+ years experience in Costa Rica; Managing Counsel for Contracts and Dispute Resolution for a major Russian energy firm; and a former Executive Vice President for a Canadian cargo management firm who is rebranding himself as an international business lawyer. They are a diverse and talented group, and we look forward to welcoming them (or welcoming them back!) to Boston.
We will have some exciting news items to announce over the coming few months, but you’ll have to remain in suspense for now! As always, we look forward to hearing from you.