The Embassy audience was full, with law students, lawyers, and other legal professionals, including at least one Judge from a Mozambique court. There was a lively, engaged discussion about choosing the best U.S. law school for each student, how to get admitted, finding scholarship funding, and getting a great job after their degree.
Professor Edwards explained how students can study in a degree program, such as the Master of Laws (LL.M.), the Juris Doctor (J.D.), the Doctor of Juridical Sciences (S.J.D.), and the Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.). Over 160 They can also come to the U.S. in non-degree, shorter term programs, where they can gain significant experience and exposure that would assist the students when they return to Mozambique after their U.S. experience.
The title of the presentation was n “Studying Law in the U.S.A.: A Student from Mozambique’s Guide to U.S. Law School Programs”.
Professor Edwards co-presented with Mr. Ntsika Fakudze, who is Director of Legal Affairs for the Office of the King in the neighboring country, the Kingdom of Swaziland. Mr. Fakudze is a Master of Laws graduate of the Indiana University McKinney LL.M., and a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholar to study in the U.S.
Professor Edwards said “It was great to spend time with Mr. Ntsika Fakudze, an Indiana McKinney LL.M. graduates, who has a successful career as lawyer to the King’s Office in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Earlier in the week, Mr. Fakudze and I co-presented in Swaziland, had a substantial meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Swaziland Makila James, and represented the U.S. Fulbright Commission and the U.S. Embassy at a special Education Fair held in Mbabane, Swaziland. Mr. Fakudze then drove me across the border to Maputo, Mozambique, where he and I were able to carry our message about U.S. legal education to another group of legal professionals.”
The U.S. Host
The host for the presentation in Maputo was Mr. Brock McCormack, a U.S. Embassy – Mozambique official.
Professor Edwards said “Special thanks to U.S. Embassy official Mr. Brock McCormack, who worked tirelessly to arrange this U.S. legal education presentation. He gathered a substantial group from the local legal community to participate, which made for a lively discussion during the presentation. As a lawyer himself, Mr. McCormack had special insights into the subject matter.”
Professor Edwards said “The law students and legal practitioners I met in Mozambique are inspiring. They are determined to further their formal legal education, and to work hard to achieve their goals. I believe that the U.S. and Mozambique would benefit if more students from Mozambique come to the U.S. for LL.M. and other law degrees.”