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Ninety-seven Students from Eight Countries Graduate in Maestría’s Fifth Commencement

Maestría Graduation

California Western’s Instituto Latinoamericano de Derecho y Justicia (ILDJ) (Latin American Institute of Law and Justice) recently celebrated the graduation of its fifth class of students who completed the one year accelerated online LL.M. program in Spanish, the Maestría en Derecho con Especialización en Litigación Oral.

Ninety-seven students completed the program with 78 attending the recent graduation ceremony at California Western’s 350 building in downtown San Diego.

Graduates came from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Nicaragua.

“I am so proud that we have graduated another class of great lawyers with litigation skills needed to work within the new justice systems in Latin America,” said ILDJ’s Director Professor Justin Brooks. “Our program continues to grow and improve.”

The Maestría is an online academic program for licensed attorneys taught entirely in Spanish, offering participating students’ additional knowledge and practice for professional development.

This year’s Summa Cum Laude graduate was Nain Lamas, a practicing lawyer in Chile. Giving a speech on behalf of his class at the graduation ceremony, he thanked the Instituto for providing this unique opportunity to further prepare lawyers for oral trials.

“We now have over 400 Maestría alumni and the program is becoming more and more popular,” said ILDJ’s Associate Director Karen Sigmond. “We look forward to accepting our seventh generation of students next year.”

The opportunity to earn a law degree in Spanish from an American law school is unique to California Western, and the Maestría is one of four programs offered by the ILDJ. The other three programs are ACCESO Capacitación, the Mexican Moot Court Trial Competition Program, and REDlnocente.

For more information on the Maestría en Derecho program visit: