Prof. Trako, you were awarded with the Juris Doctor in 2011 at the Saint Louis University and also did your LL.B. in history and economics at the SLU, thus you are strongly connected to the university. In your opinion, what are the most important reasons why students should do their LL.M. at your university?
Prof. Ira Trako: Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University School of Law offer excellent academic programs that are very student-focused. With faculty and staff advising, students receive tremendous support to define their academic focus and to find internships and networking opportunities. The excellent curriculum, extensive advising and support, along with an emphasis on collegiality and professionalism prepare our students to be excellent attorneys.
SLU LAW's location in the heart of the City of St. Louis. What activities would you recommend to foreign students and is there a place or event in the city that you would like to highlight?
Prof. Ira Trako: Because SLU LAW is in the heart of downtown St. Louis, there are many social activities within walking distance to the law school. I would recommend a walk over to the see the St. Louis Arch grounds or the St. Louis Wheel and Aquarium at Union Station.
Sports fans would enjoy a Blues hockey game at the Enterprise Center, or a Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium. There are many restaurants, café lounges, and dance clubs within walking distance on Washington Blvd. St. Louis city and metro offers a variety of activities for all ages and interests.
You are the Instructor of Law, Associate Director for the Center for International and Comparative Law and the Director for the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers Degree Program. What are your obligations in these positions?
Prof. Ira Trako: As a full-time faculty member, I teach courses, administer academic programs, and advise and counsel our J.D. and LL.M. students. As the Associate Director for the SLU LAW Center for International and Comparative Law, I administer our international initiatives and study abroad programs, oversee our international partnership agreements, and serve as the Academic Adviser for our International and Comparative Law Concentration.
As the Director of the LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers degree program, I oversee international recruiting, international admissions, and advise our LL.M. students on their courses and bar preparation.