Master of Laws (LLM) - Students and Alumni
Our LLM students come to us from a wide variety of countries, cultures, and educational and work experiences. Some join us straight from their legal education in their home countries, while others arrive at Pitt Law after years of professional experience. All are drawn to us by the opportunity to build their knowledge of US law and the common law legal system in our tightknit community of world-class scholars and students.
Yazeed Albegaishy (Saudi Arabia) received his Bachelor of Islamic Law degree from Imam Muhammed Bin Saud University in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia, in 2015. He has worked as a human relations manager for Sara Contracting Company in Saudi Arabia and as a financial affairs associate for the Alrabwa Charity Center. He has also studied English at the Spring International Language Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Abdulrahman Almuhaydib (Saudi Arabia) received his Bachelor of Laws degree from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2015. He has been a faculty member at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh, where he taught courses in law, and prior to that worked as a legal researcher for the National Society for Human Rights in Riyadh. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.
Juliet Astbury (United Kingdom) received her graduate diploma in law from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England, in 2007, and qualified for the bar with the Legal Practice Course of the College of Law–Moorgate in 2008. She received her bachelor degree in theology from Lady Margaret Hall–Oxford University in 2006. She has worked as an associate in the Private Equity Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, and prior to that as a corporate associate at Allen & Overy in Abu Dhabi and a trainee in that firm’s London office.
Idalidia Torres Camacho (Cuba) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain, in 2012. Her work experience has included an internship with the Juan Jose Cigarran Magan law firm and volunteer work with Lidera ONG.
Shireen Deeb (Syria) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria, in 2000, and a post-graduate diploma in international law from that institution in 2002. Her work experience has included positions as a Corporate and VIP Supervisor for Syriatel Mobile Telecom and as a Public Relations Officer for Emirates Airlines.
Patrick Dongmo Tsague (Cameroon) received his Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Yaounde II-Soa, Cameroon, in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and received his diploma in Advanced Studies in Public Law from that institution in 2013. He has also received master’s degrees in political science from the University of Lyon 3, France, and the International Relations Institute of Cameroon. Tsague has worked as an intern at the African Union Representative office in Central Africa, and as an intern at the Division of European Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cameroon.
Olha Kotlyarska (Ukraine) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in June 2017. She was a member of the Kyiv-Mohyla Vis Moot team in 2017, its Telders Moot Court team in 2016, and its Central and Eastern European Moot team in 2015. She has worked as a junior associate for Vasil Kisil and Partners in Kiev, Ukraine, as an intern for Member of Parliament Ted Falk in Ottawa, Canada, and as an intern with the Wener Law Firm and the Holosiyivkyi Court, both in Kyiv. She is the recipient of a University Center for International Studies Fellowship and an H.J. Heinz Fellowship administered by Pitt’s Global Studies Center.
Arnela Maglic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Zenica in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in June 2017, where she was a member of the 2017 Vis Moot team. She also participated in the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2016. Her work experience includes service as General Secretary of the Student Union of the University of Zenica and work as office manager for the SARA Art Fair in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is the recipient of a University Center for International Studies Fellowship, a scholarship from Pitt’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, and a Franklin West Housing Scholarship.
Orsolya Molnar (Hungary) received her Doctor of Laws degree from the ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary, in 2012. She has also received a Master of International Relations from Corvinus University of Budapest. She has worked as a trainee lawyer or intern in the Budapest offices of Hogan Lovells, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dentons, and Wolf Theiss.
Bisan Nemer (Palestine) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Birzeit University in Ramallah, Palestine, in 2016. She was a member of the 2015 Palestinian Jessup international law moot court team, which competed in Washington, DC. She has worked as a trainee lawyer at the Yaser & Fadi Jaber law firm. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Palestinian Rule of Law Program of the Open Society Foundations.
Jacopo Pischedda (Italy) received his Bachelor of Laws degree in 2006, and his Master of Laws degree in 2008, both from the University of Bologna. He has worked as a junior lawyer for the Office of the Italian Attorney General in Venice, Italy, and as an attorney for law firms in Bologna, Italy; Seville, Spain; and Rome and Padua, Italy; as well as with an immigration services NGO in Washington, DC.
Benedikt Reissnecker (Germany) is a law student at the University of Augsburg, Germany. He has interned at both CMS Hasche Sigle in Munich, Germany, and Sonntag & Partner in Augsburg. He has been an active participant and leader in the Law Clinic of the University of Augsburg.
Ines Soumhi (France) received a double degree in law and management from the University of Paris I – Pantheon/Sorbonne in 2016, and is pursuing a master’s degree in business law and strategic management at Paris I. She has interned in the business law department of the Weil & Associes law firm in Paris, France, and has been active in moot court, legal aid clinic and the university human rights organization during her studies.
Rebecca Stocklein (Germany) is a law student at the University of Augsburg, Germany. She has worked as an intern with Sonntag & Partner in Augsburg, Germany, and with the Landgericht court in Augsburg. She has been active with the University of Augsburg law clinic, where she has prepared legal opinions and advised clients.
Manon Troin (France) received her Master 2 Degree of English and American Business Law from the University of Paris I – Pantheon/Sorbonne in 2017, in conjunction with its Magistre de Droit des Activites Economiques degree program. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from that university in 2015. She has interned with the commercial contracts division of the Paris Court of Appeal and with the Resource Mobilization Office of UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.
Rahaf Zaini (Saudi Arabia) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in May 2017. She was a member of the Dar Al-Hekma Vis Moot team that won first place in the February 2017 Vis Pre-Moot in Kuwait and competed in the Vis Moot in Vienna in April 2017. She has interned with the Jeddah office of Jones Day.
Flamur Abdullahu (Kosovo) received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Pristina, Kosovo in 2014. He was a participant in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in 2012 and 2013, and was an arbitrator at the 2014 Vis Moot. He worked as an associate at the law firm of Boga & Associates in Pristina, Kosovo, and prior to that was a legal assistant in the Pristina law firm of Rifat Avdullahi. He is the recipient of a fellowship from World Learning as a part of the Kosovo Transformational Leadership Program.
Enas Alsaffadi (Palestine) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Al-Azhar University of Gaza, Palestine, in 2015. She was a 2015 participant in The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative summer exchange program, and was active in the legal clinic of Al-Azhar University. She worked as a trainee in the Democratic Development Unit of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the Palestinian Rule of Law Program of the Open Society Foundations.
Khalida Alsharief (Saudi Arabia) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2016. She was a member of the Dar Al-Hekma team in the Al Maktoum Moot Court Competition in Dubai in 2015. She was an active participant in student government at Dar Al-Hekma and helped found a volunteer group for assistance to the needy. During her studies, she interned at the Yaseen Kayaat law firm.
Fahira Brodlija (Bosnia and Hertzegovina) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Sarajevo in 2016, where she participated in the 2015 Vis Moot and was a coach for the 2016 Vis team. She is a co-founder of and legal advisor to Global Aktivne, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls through education and sports. She is the recipient of a UCIS Fellowship, a Franklin West Housing Scholarship and a Center for Russian and East European Studies scholarship.
Jaber Imsheiel (Cyprus) received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus in 2016, where he was president of the law society. He was an intern with the Doha office of the Dentons law firm in the spring of 2014.
Anshuman Jaswal (India) received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London in 2014. He graduated from the Fellow Program in Management at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad in 2008, received an MBA from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai, India, in 2001, and received his Bachelor of Sciences degree in economics from the University of London in 1997. He has worked a Senior Analyst for the financial research firm Celent, a division of the Oliver Wyman consulting firm, in which capacity he has published over 100 research reports for the firm.
Maria Alejandra Kenna (Venezuela) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad del Zulia in Venezuela in 1994. Before moving to the US, she practiced family and labor law for five years in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She has worked as an International Regulatory Affairs Specialist for GNC, advising management on global regulatory trends and preparing necessary documents for the global registration and import of the company’s products.
Oluwadara Omolaja (Nigeria) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, in 2013, and her Barrister at Law qualification from the Nigerian Law School in 2015. She worked as a legal practitioner at M.A. Banire & Associates in Ikeja in Lagos State, Nigeria, and before that interned with G. Elias & Co. in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the recipient of a Franklin West Housing Scholarship.
Nika Rassadina (Ukraine) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) in 2014, and a Specialist of Laws degree from NaUKMA in 2015. She was a member of the 2013-15 NaUKMA Vis Moot teams and coached its 2016 team. During her studies she interned with Baker & McKenzie and with the Arbitrade Law Firm, and then worked as Legal Adviser to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. She is the recipient of an H.J. Heinz Fellowship, administered by Pitt’s Global Studies Center, and of a UCIS Fellowship.
Ana Thais Safe Carneiro (Brazil) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from Centro Universitario de Brasilia in 2001. She has worked as an attorney in private practice in Brasilia, specializing in civil procedure. She has also served as a Lawyer of Confidence to the Embassy of Switzerland in Brazil, active in extradition matters, adoptions, and other international legal matters.
Rishav Soni (India) received his Bachelor of Laws degree from The ICFAI University in Dehradun, India, in 2016. During his studies, he was a participant in his university’s legal aid clinic and participated in moot court competitions. He has worked as an intern with the law firm of Parekh & Co. in Delhi, with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs of India, with Zeus Law Associates, and with other law firms and NGOs.
Yuting Xu (China) received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law (SHUPL) in 2013, and then received a Master of Laws from SHUPL in 2016. She has worked as a research assistant for the Shanghai Key Project at SHUPL, and as a teaching assistant. Her article on “Urban House Dismantlement Administrative Proceedings” was published in the Modern Economic Information journal in 2014.
Beryl Fellous (France) received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1996, a Master of Laws degree in 1998, and a specialized degree of Master of Laws in business and tax law in 2000, each from Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II). She worked as legal counsel in the firm of SCP Dubarry Le Douarin Veil in Paris from 2000 to 2002, with a focus on M&A and labor law matters. From 2002 to 2008, she was in-house legal counsel for corporate and M&A matters in the Paris office of Allianz Global Assistance. In 2008, she joined Alcoa Inc. as its in-house legal counsel responsible for matters relating to the European operations of Alcoa’s Power and Propulsion and Fastening Systems business units.
Rafal Sabah Jasim (Iraq) received her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2014 from the University of Baghdad, where she was a member of the Vis Moot team in 2013. She is the recipient of a full scholarship from the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research.
Alumni of the Pitt Law LLM program have taken their skills to law firms, professorships, corporations, government and non-profits, both in their home countries and on the international stage. Find out what a Pitt Law LLM degree can do for your career – contact us today.
"Getting the master's degree from Pittsburgh opened up the door for me -- I don’t think I would have been able to join Eversheds had it not been for my studies in Pittsburgh." - Faisal Moubaydeen (LLM '13), who after post-LLM training at Eversheds is now an associate in the Doha office of Dentons.
"My two years in the LL.M. and visiting scholar program at CILE [were] the best time I ever had in my life as a student and researcher." - Yong Gan (LLM '09), Professor of Law at the School of Law of Wuhan University in Wuhan, China.
"I would like to take this opportunity to, again, express my sincere thanks to CILE…for the precious knowledge that I have gained from my study in the U.S., and for opening the door to my professional career." - Chi Lieu Dang (LLM '08), a partner in the Hanoi office of Baker & McKenzie.
Maria Nizhnik (LLM '03) is First Deputy Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. Listen to an interview with her in English on current issues in Ukraine’s antitrust law.
Vjosa Osmani (LLM, '05) is a member of the Parliament of Kosovo. Watch her speech at CILE's 20th anniversary celebration.
Maurice Oduor (LLM, '04) is acting Dean of the School of Law of Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Watch for our interview with him in the September 2016 issue of the CILE Notes.
Elina Aleynikova (LLM, '10) is an associate at White & Case in Paris. Read about her career path and the role of her Pitt Law education.
CILE works closely with its LLM students to facilitate their search for post-graduation internships. These internships add practical experience to academic study and facilitate relationships that offer mutual benefits for years to come.
LLM Internships Summer of 2017
Enas Alsaffadi | United Steelworkers
Khalida Alsharief | Goldstein Associates
Fahira Brodlija | Alcoa
Jaber Imsheiel | Robert Creo
Ally Kenna | Sherrard, German & Kelly
Dara Omolaja | Marshall Dennehy
Nika Rassadina | Obermayer Rebhoff
Thais Safe Carneiro | The Honorable Lisa Lenihan
Rishav Soni | Arconic
Yuting Xu | Academic Internship—Professor Brand
LLM Internships Summer of 2016
Basil Abbas | Academic Internship – Prof. Brand
Bashir Alghussein | United Steelworkers
Hassan Al-Senairy | Academic Internship – Prof. Brand
Veronica Cruz Salazar | Goldstein Associates
Rafal Jasim | Academic Internship – Prof. Brand
Nevena Jevremovic | Fellow, Inst. of Int’l Commercial Law, Pace Univ.
Guljamiyla Kaipbergenova | White & Case LLP, Washington, D.C.
Ewelina Kemp | Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C.
James Ochieng | The Honorable Lisa Lenihan
Glory Ohaekwusi | U.S. Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Valeriia Shablii | Burns White
Shadi Shahoud | Robert Creo
Yevhenii Shatskyi | International Labor Rights Forum (Washington, D.C.)
In Our LLM Graduates' Words
"Interning at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P. C. was a great experience. From conducting legal research, to writing trial motions and advice memos, my experience at Sherrard, German & Kelly, P. C. was fulfilling to say the least. I enjoyed seeing firsthand oral arguments at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and attending networking lunches. The atmosphere at the office was very welcoming and encouraging. I will remember my time there as one that was meaningful."
- Ewelina Kemp, LLM '16
"My work as the Albert H. Krizter fellow at the Institute of International Commercial Law (IICL) at the Pace University is diverse. I am currently working on the new CISG database re-design. After the new database is launched in the Fall, my work will largely focus on coordinating various programs offered by the Institute. This will include the online training programs on sales law and international commercial arbitration. Aside from working on the projects that I am passionate about, I have access to the international arbitration community present in New York. All of this makes working at the Institute an amazing experience, in terms of both education and professional growth."
- Nevena Jevremovic, LLM '16
"I interned with Judge Lisa Lenihan at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. This gave me an opportunity to learn more about U.S. law, especially civil and criminal procedure. It was also an important opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained during the LL.M. program in practical situations. Most importantly, it was yet another opportunity to pick important lessons for application once I return to my home country."
- James P. Tugee Ochieng, LLM '16