AJMLS Launches First Online Bookstore for Students

In an effort to meet the needs of its students, AJMLS has partnered with Follett Virtual Bookstore to launch the school’s first online bookstore. Beginning July 30, 2012 students are able to purchase either traditional bound books for digital books from www.johnmarshall.bkstr.com. Ordering textbooks through the new online bookstore is both easy and affordable.

For more information on payment methods, digital books, the delivery process and more, visit our Online Bookstore link. For additional questions, contact Sylvia Fernandez at sfernandez@johnmarshall.edu or (404) 872-3593 ##Ext. 285.

White House Honors AJMLS Student for Non-Profit Organization

On Friday, July 6th, the White House honored AJMLS student Hussainatu Blake and her twin sister, Hassanatu as two of 11 Champions of Change who are leaders in communities from across the United States selected from more than 1,500 nominations submitted by friends, family, co-workers and community members.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

Hassanatu and Hussainatu are founders of Focal Point Global, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to empower the world’s underserved youth to address social issues using global education and technology. Focal Point Global is dedicated to fostering global partnerships to create the next generation of leaders. Youth are connected through low cost bandwidth tools, like Skype, to discuss issues facing their community and then matched with local organizations to complete projects to combat those issues. Focal Point Global has reached nearly 50 youth in the United States (Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA), Cameroon and Namibia to address HIV and child trafficking in their communities.

Visit the White House’s Champions of Change web page for more information on Hussainatu and Focal Point Global. Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment.

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Announces Launch of New School Website

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) – Georgia’s only fully ABA-accredited, independent law school – today launched the school’s new website. The website features bold colors, a clean uncluttered design and content to support AJMLS’s vision of providing both prospective and current students, and the AJMLS community with accurate and useful information.

The website, which will retain the www.johnmarshall.edu URL, was the final step in the school’s rebranding initiative, which began in 2011. AJMLS partnered with Julie Low, Principal at Fancy Agency to create the website’s sleek, modern design. “Working with AJMLS to bring a new energy to its brand has been exciting,” said Low. “It takes a client open to fresh thinking to make such a positive transformation happen. The new AJMLS personality is current, personable and full of life.”

In an effort to create a more user-friendly experience, AJMLS consulted higher education marketing company, Stamats to construct the new website. The redesign preserves all of the original content from the previous website, with the addition of contemporary features to maximize user interaction.

“It is critically important for an institution to have an interesting, compelling and engaging web presence,” said Julie Staggs, Senior Client Consultant at Stamats. “Just as Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School has been an innovator with their online and mobile application option, they are now providing an exceptional web experience for students to learn about and become a part of the institution. It has been our pleasure to be a partner in this digital transformation.”

AJMLS Dean and Professor of Law, Richardson Lynn is confident the redesign accurately portrays the climate of the school and will aid prospective AJMLS students in the law school decision-making process. “We are keenly aware that the majority of students initially research institutions through their websites. The decision to improve our web presence is to ensure prospective students’ first interaction with AJMLS is both engaging and informative. We also strive to create a quality user experience for our current students and alumni,” said Lynn.

AJMLS to Host Prospective Student Information Session, July 14

AJMLS will host an informational for all prospective students from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on July 14, 2012 at the Blackburn Conference Center on the campus of AJMLS. The Prospective Student Information Session will allow prospective students to learn about the school, meet various departments, current students, alumni and key staff. To RSVP to this event, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@johnmarshall.edu or call (404) 872-3593 ##Ext. 201.

AJMLS Launches Online, Resident LL.M. Programs for Foreign-educated Attorneys

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) today announced the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Council on Legal Education and Admissions  has acquiesced to its application to launch online and resident LL.M. programs for foreign-educated attorneys.  Classes begin Fall 2012.  These new programs bring to three the number of LL.M. programs offered by AJMLS.  The school began offering an LL.M. in Employment Law in 2010.

AJMLS is joining the growing number of U.S.-based law schools offering LL.M. degrees for foreign-educated attorneys. According to www.LLMGuide.com, in the increasingly global legal market, lawyers practicing a number of specialties need to master more than one legal system. Pursuing an LL.M. in the United States offers many advantages for a foreign lawyer, providing the opportunity to develop not only knowledge, but also a strong contact base.

Key facts about the AJMLS Global Programs:

The Resident LL.M. in American Legal Studies

→   Two-semester program offering a comprehensive curriculum drawn from both required and elective J.D. program courses;

→   Classes begin after a required one-week seminar in summer 2012 to introduce students to American law and legal education;

→   Candidates must possess a J.D. degree or equivalent whether at undergraduate or graduate level in the lawyer’s home country in addition to other program requirements; and

→   Candidates who received their legal education in a language other than English will be required to submit proof of English proficiency.

 The Online  LL.M. in American Legal Studies

→   An online-only, four-semester LL.M. program to educate foreign-trained attorneys in American law;

→   Each online semester will last a total of 15 weeks;

→   No mandatory residential sessions;

→   Provides foreign-trained attorneys the opportunity to earn a Master of Laws degree while residing in their home countries and working in their own legal systems;

→   Candidates must possess a degree equivalent to a J.D. degree whether at undergraduate or graduate level in the lawyer’s home country in addition to other program requirements;

→   Candidates who received their legal education in a language other than English will be required to submit proof of English proficiency;

→   Program will be supported by comprehensive administrative and technical support to provide online students with a superior educational experience.

“We are enhancing our Master of Laws degree offerings to enable foreign-educated attorneys the opportunity to thrive in American law,” said Richardson Lynn, Dean and Professor of Law at AJMLS. “The launch of our two Global LL.M. programs further demonstrates our commitment to the preservation of law in the United States and throughout the world.”

Prospective students can apply to either program via www.johnmarshall.edu/LLM or www.lsac.org – or by downloading and submitting an application to the law school by fax, mail or email.  For more information and to learn more about both the AJMLS LL.M. in American Legal Studies and the Global Forum LL.M. in American Legal Studies, please visit the website or contact LL.M. Director, Lisa Kaplan at (404) 872-3593 ##Ext. 131 or email lkaplan@johnmarshall.edu.