More About the MSU-DCL Certificates.
On Wednesday, June 20, 2001, by video conference, the Vytautas Magnus University Law School in Kaunas and the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in East Lansing held a simultaneous joint signing of their cooperation agreement announced in the Spring 2001 edition of Lex Lituani ("Historic Agreement to Put VMU Law School Among Top in Europe").
Beginning in 2002, MSU/DCL will offer a certificate of completion to each VMU Law School graduate that will essentially state that the recipient, while engaged in a course of study at Vytautas Magnus University
School of Law leading to a Masters of Law degree, successfully completed the requirements for a Michigan State UniversityDetroit College of Law Certificate in International Business Law.
Welcoming remarks were made by the respective law school deans, Tadas Klimas of VMU and Terence L. Blackburn of MSU-DCL, followed by additional remarks
regarding the significance of the agreement were made by Dick Posthumus, the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Michigan (presently running for Governor), and Vytatuas Kaminsaks, the Rector of VMU. The
agreement was signed first in Kaunas by Rector Kaminskas, then in the Michigan by the Honorable Richard F. Suhrheinrich, President of MSU-DCL (and Judge of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals) and Dean
As we indicated in our Spring 2001 newsletter ("Historic Agreement To Put VMU Law School Among Top In Europe"), it is anticipated that this
arrangement will elevate the VMU law school to true international standing, making it one of the top law schools in Europe. Many U.S. lawyers are not aware that legal education in Lithuania, and in Europe as
a whole, is obtained with a bachelor's degree.
The VMU School of Law, however, operates its program as a graduate school as is done in the United States. Also, the Juris Doctor degree is not known in Europe, the VMU graduates obtain their advanced legal training as a Masters Degree.
Because the VMU law students must also accept a good portion of their instruction in English, we anticipate that its graduates will have the credentials
and technical English experience that will qualify them for the best jobs. In addition, VMU will have established itself independent of the conservative legal establishment in Lithuania, attracting students
from other countries and other hemispheres.