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LLM Program Launches with Students from Five Countries


Along with 105 first year law students, the incoming class includes the inaugural students of the newly-launched LLM Program in the US Legal System for foreign-trained attorneys. Six attorneys from Armenia, Brazil, Jamaica, Jordan, and Nigeria are participating this year. 

A one-year program, the LLM program provides a substantive introduction in the U.S. legal process while also giving each student an opportunity to design a course of study that best advances his or her professional agenda. Each participant is either an attorney in his or her home country or graduated from a law school in a foreign country. All are excited about learning more about the US system and sharing insights garnered from their experience.

Meet the Inaugural LLM Class

Mkrtich “Miko” Eminyan. From Armenia, Mr. Eminyan has lived in the United States for several years. A former captain in the Armenian Armed Forces, he is an entrepreneur with a business in the transportation field. He also works as a legal assistant at a downtown law firm.

Felicia Omoji. Originally from Nigeria, Ms. Omoji worked as a lawyer in the financial industry prior to becoming a banker. She then worked in private practice for several years before moving to the United States with her family. Ms. Omoji is a familiar face at the law school because she spent time over the summer participating in the Institute for the Global Practice of Law (IGPL summer program), which gave her an additional foundation for her law school experience.

Ovenseri “Ven” Ogbebor. Also from Nigeria, Mr. Ogbebor worked as a corrections officer for 14 years in his home country. After obtaining his law degree, he moved to the United States with his family. He also attended the IGPL program this summer.

Nerissa Harvey. A former sales representative for a pharmaceutical company, Ms. Harvey, from Jamaica, spent her days selling pharmaceutical supplies to medical professionals. She so impressed her colleagues that they encouraged her to try law school. After completing her LLB she moved to the U.S. with her family. Ms. Harvey hopes to be able to sit for the Ohio Bar and feels the LLM experience will give her additional exposure to the US legal system.

Jumana Yunis. A native of Jordan, Ms. Yunis hails from a family of attorneys. After practicing law for several years in her home country, she came to the United States to further her knowledge of the U.S. legal system. Since she has been here, she has also received a degree in non-profit management.

Marcelo Mantovani. From Brazil, Mr. Mantovani has had the opportunity to live in Cincinnati for several years. After learning the language, he began to work as an assistant in a law office specializing in immigration issues. He has also opened his own consulting practice, specializing in Brazilian law. He advises local clients on Brazilian law and connects them with his network of Brazilian contacts.