Finding Legal Jobs Around the World: How LLM and JD Study Abroad Programs Help

Date: 5/26/2021 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST

Webinar Description: International LLM and US JD students alike are under pressure to find “good” jobs after they complete law school. Study abroad provides a distinct advantage, and there are many opportunities for US and international students alike to gain an edge.

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John Smagula, J.D., M.S., Assistant Dean, Graduate & International Programs, Temple University School of Law

John Smagula, J.D., M.S., is a leading expert in international legal education. He directs all law school international programs, including Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs, study abroad, and student exchanges. He also develops new programs and redesigns existing international and other graduate legal education programs.

As Assistant Dean, he develops policies and directives, collaborates with faculty on strategy and content, and oversees the complete range of program promotion, implementation, and communications. He has full professional proficiency in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

As Associate Professor, China Rule-of-Law Program, he has taught corporations law, the U.S. legal system, and legal reasoning. He has delivered lectures in English and Chinese on U.S. law and legal education at over 100 Chinese agencies and law schools, and he regularly presents at many conferences on international legal education and teacher training.

John has long studied the Chinese language and culture, having traveled to each province in China. He maintains his own bilingual Chinese-English blog (WeChat ID: laosangshuo) with regular content that helps students to study foreign languages, achieve goals, and live positively. He is also a Certified Tea Specialist both in China and the United States, and he is frequently invited to give talks on Chinese tea and tea culture.




Carole Silver, J.D., Professor of Global Law and Practice, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Carole Silver is Professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She is an expert in the fields of legal education and the legal profession, including in the global context.  Through empirical research, she examines issues related to equity, diversity, and global forces within the legal profession and legal education.

Silver was Professor of Law at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law from 2010-2013; at the same time, she was Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which is the largest source of data about the educational experiences, behaviors, and attitudes towards law school of law students in the United States, Canada, and Australia.  Before joining Indiana, she was Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University Law School.   Earlier, she practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley & Austin, and clerked for Judge Jesse Eschbach of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She served as a Commission member of the American Bar Association’s Ethics 20/20 Commission from 2009 – 2013, a group created by the ABA President to study the influence of globalization and technology on lawyer regulation, and is wrapping up a three-year term as Chair of the Standing Committee on International Trade in Legal Services for the ABA.

At Northwestern, she teaches Business Associations, The Legal Profession: Careers of Law Graduates, and Globalization and the Legal Profession; she also has taught courses on securities regulation, conflict of laws, and legal ethics

Publications: Click here to view a list of publications by Carole Silver, J.D.



Malcolm S. McNeil, J.D., International Practice Co-Leader, Arent Fox

Malcolm has over 35 years of litigation and commercial experience in a wide variety of matters including business/commercial, construction (defect and coverage issues), employment disputes, administrative proceedings, trade secrets, probate, media and entertainment, intellectual property, partnership dissolutions, and real estate. Malcolm has 25 years of experience resolving civil disputes as a mediator and is a panel mediator for the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Malcolm has litigated issues for a wide variety of businesses including those in the venture capital formation, retail, entertainment, textile, manufacturing, import/export, real estate investment, aviation, and publishing. He is keenly aware of the legal and business needs of his clients, and provides strategic solutions to commercial disputes that help enable his clients’ businesses to keep moving forward. He also has experience in cross-border negotiations and has an established network of colleagues globally assisting foreign countries as needs arise. Malcolm’s practice has included representation of clients in most forums, including a range of administrative forums, statewide and nationally. Known for his leadership and accomplishments, particularly for clients with business interests in China, Malcolm is a panel member on the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, the Beijing International Arbitration Commission, and the Harbin Arbitration Commission. Malcolm serves as the co-leader of Arent Fox’s International Group, and is the vice president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Publications: Click here to view a list of publications by Malcolm McNeil, J.D.