13.04.2021 | Online Meeting & Virtual Reception

LL.M. Study at a U.S. Law School: How to Apply and What to Expect

Are you interested in a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the US? But you don’t really know if it’s the right thing for you? Or you wonder how to apply? Then you’ve come to the right place: The Deutsch-Amerikanische Juristen-Vereinigung (DAJV) and the U.S. Embassy in Berlin – EducationUSA invites you to this Zoom Meeting & Virtual Reception.

Justin Swinsick from the University of Chicago Law School will provide an overview of the LL.M. program, explain what is important when applying and what you can expect during your studies. Furthermore, you will be able to (e-)meet Johannes Holzwarth. As an alumnus, DAJV member Johannes once faced the same situation and is happy to spill the beans: He decided to study on the other side of the Atlantic, successfully obtained a LL.M. degree and will talk about this exciting journey.

Following the content part, the Virtual Reception will take place and offer the opportunity to get into closer conversation: Sit back with a favorite drink, chat with us, with Johannes, and with the other participants about what matters to you. We look forward to an insightful exchange and a lively discussion with you.


Justin Swinsick is Director of Graduate Programs at the University of Chicago Law School, overseeing admissions and administration of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD).  Prior to joining UChicago Law, Mr. Swinsick was the Director of Graduate Admissions at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. and Executive Director of International Programs at IE Law School in Madrid Spain.

Mr. Swinsick received a Juris Doctor (JD) from Michigan State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Kalamazoo College.

Johannes Holzwarth is an EU official at the European Commission’s DG Competition in Brussels, Belgium. In his current position, he is involved in antitrust investigations and policymaking. Before joining DG Competition in 2017, he advised companies on competition law matters as a lawyer at Hengeler Mueller in Düsseldeorf, Germany. In 2013, Johannes received his Doctorate degree in law (Dr. iur.) from the University of Münster, Germany. In 2011/2012, with the support of a Fulbright scholarship, he completed his studies to obtain a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at the University of Chicago, Illinois. Johannes has a keen interest in German-American political, cultural and scholarly exchange: He completed part of his Refendariat, to become a fully qualified lawyer, at the German embassy in Washington, D.C., and Johannes has been an active member of the German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) since he attended the DAJV’s annual conference in Berkeley, California, in 2009.


Ute Strack has been working at the U.S. Embassy & U.S. Consulates in Bonn, Leipzig, and Berlin. Starting her professional life as a librarian, she has been an EducationUSA Adviser for 15+ years. She works closely with the 9 EducationUSA advising centers at German Bi-National Institutes. Before working for the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Ute graduated from a university of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, and spent one year as a Fulbright student in the United States.