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LLM Student Joins Peers in Civil Rights Appellate Clinic at Penn State Law

The Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, one of the 9 legal clinics available to Pennsylvania State University law students, including LLM students, has been involved in two US Supreme Court employment cases, i.e., Encino Motorcars v. Navarro and Janus v. AFSCME. It is participated in by several law students at Penn State Law, including Iranian LLM student and foreign attorney, Nasim Mokhtari.

Mokhtari joined other law students from Penn State Law in the Appellate Clinic, all of whom prepared for the moot court observation by researching and crafting arguments relevant to the issues in the case. Mokhtari described his participation as the most interesting experience he had at Penn State so far. As a foreign attorney coming from a civil law nation where the system is based on codified statute and the Sharia Law, he finds the common law system and the entire legal process an absolutely new structure.

Penn State Law is a leading law school particularly in training international lawyers through multiple areas of studies and programs for global marketplace. It's Civil Rights Appellate Clinic is just one of the many initiatives the Law School offers to its LLM and other law students. Its LLM program can be completed in 12 months, full-time on campus and offers the following concentrations:

  • Advocacy and Litigation
  • Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation
  • Business Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property, Science and Technology Law
  • International Law
  • Land Use and Environmental Law
  • Public Interest Law


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