I knew that my family and I would move to Tulsa so I did some research on the internet about LLM programs in Tulsa. TU came up immediately. My husband also told my about the university. He had lived in Tulsa before.
2. Why did you decide to come to TU College of Law for your LLM?
My husband had heard that TU has an excellent Law School and recommended it. I also did some research myself and came up with the same conclusion.
3. What are some of the major differences of studying law in the US versus in your country?
Studying in the US is a lot more personal than it is in Germany. I studied in Kiel and Hamburg and there were 500 law students in the first semesters. All of them had class together in a huge class room. Relationships between student and professor did not exist. I am not saying that you could not talk to professors but it was rarely done. There also are no assignments for class in Germany. You are supposed to learn everything that is being taught in class but there are no test at the end of each semester. The German students have to pass several written tests to be admitted to the final exam but it is on their own terms when they want to take those tests. There is one big final exam at the very end of the studies and students have to know everything that was taught during all the semesters for the final. The intermediate tests do not count towards the final exam. They are only important for students to be admitted to the final. This is different in the US, where finals are taken at the end of each semester.
4. What classes are you taking? How do they compare to your legal education experience back home?
I am taking only energy related classes as I am doing the Energy LLM. While I studied in Germany I took mostly general classes similar to the classes that are required for law students in the US. After school in Germany I worked mostly in Real Estate law.
5. What are your professional aspirations once you graduate?
Since I will most likely stay in Tulsa for a while, I will try to find a job in the Energy business in Tulsa.
6. Is there anything else you want to say to prospective foreign LLMs interested in studying at The University of Tulsa College of Law?
So far, my experience at The University of Tulsa has been wonderful. Students have to expect a lot of work for each class but it is interesting work. The professors are all very nice and helpful as are the fellow students. I highly recommend The University of Tulsa College of Law!