The Catholic University of America



LL.M. Program in Krakow Marks a Decade of Success


The Columbus School of Law’s LL.M. program in Krakow, Poland, celebrated ten years of cross-cultural legal education during its decade anniversary, observed over the weekend of June 21-23 in the stunning and historic European city.
The weekend brought together at least eight CUA Law faculty members, many of whom have a long association with the program, alumni, Polish legal educators and practitioners, and current students to honor the unusual and outstanding collaboration between The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University, which have worked together closely since 2003 to offer a course of studies leading to the LL.M. degree.
Reunion events scheduled throughout the busy weekend included a two-part conference, “Into the Future: Tomorrow's Legal Profession, Legal Services Market and Legal Education,” a reception hosted by the U.S. consulate, a reunion event with LL.M alumni coming to the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program annual bonfire, and a closing brunch on Sunday.
In addition, CUA Law Dean Daniel Attridge was the speaker for the graduation ceremony for the American Law Certificate Program, which the law school teaches for Jagiellonian University. The graduation and conference were held in Collegium Maius, one of the oldest and most distinguished buildings at Jagiellonian.
It was a mark of loyalty to the program that more than half of its LL.M. graduates over the years returned to attend at least some of the events.
The CUA/Jagiellonian joint LL.M. program permits its students to study in two stimulating cities, Krakow and Washington, D.C., as they pursue an internationally-recognized professional and academic postgraduate law degree.
The degree can be obtained through courses taken in a seven-week summer session in Krakow, a series of one and two-week courses offered in the following academic year, and a seven-week summer session at Catholic University.
The curriculum is designed to provide lawyers educated outside the U.S. with a foundation in American law and the American legal system. Such knowledge is useful for lawyers representing American clients doing business abroad and lawyers who deal with American entities in other regards.
Past students have come from countries including Poland, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Ireland, and Sweden.

"Professor Leah Wortham, who directs our American Law Certificate and LL.M. Programs, and Professor Rett Ludwikowski, who directs our Summer Program in Poland, did a terrific job organizing all of these activities. We appreciate their leadership of these important programs," said Dean Attridge.