Mastering the Master (of Law)

Mastering The Master (of Laws) is a new campaign to navigate LLM study in the US and life thereafter with a series of books and online materials to help prospective and current students and graduates get the most of their LLM experience. Many LLM students are frustrated by random information from multiple sources and the lack of real support in the legal community. We seek to change that.

Our Books

The U.S. LLM: From Whether to When, What, Where, and How

Many foreign law graduates are interested in pursuing a US Master of Laws (LLM) degree but find themselves overwhelmed with the mass of disorganized information spread across the Internet. Deciding to apply for, selecting, and finally pursuing an LLM program …

Mastering the U.S. Legal System

Mastering the U.S. Legal System: A Beginner’s Guide provides an introduction to the U.S. legal system through easy to understand text accompanied by explanatory cases and other materials. Topics include the U.S. Constitution, the system of courts, sources of law, …

A Short & Happy Guide to Networking

What if someone told you that you don’t have to go to networking receptions? What if someone told you that you don’t need an elevator pitch? What if someone told you to stop obsessing over your personal brand? What if …

American Legal Systems Resource & Reference Guide

The book provides an overview of American legal institutions and sources of law, and presents a guide to the interrelationships between and among those institutions and legal authorities. It discusses the defining role of the doctrine of stare decisis in …

Our Authors

Toni Jaeger-Fine is Assistant Dean for International and Non-J.D. Programs at Fordham Law School, where she is Director of the International Judicial Research and Training Program, Director of Recent Developments in U.S. Law, and Co-Director of the Summer Institute in New York City. She has also served as Director of Graduate and International Programs at Cardozo Law School and as Associate Director of the Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law.

Toni is past chair of the Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education, the Section on International Legal Exchange, and the Section on Legal Education for Foreign Lawyers of the Association of American Law Schools. Toni is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers without Borders and is the first American to serve on the Board of the German American Lawyers Association. She was associated with the law firm of Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on commercial and administrative litigation.

A graduate of Duke Law School and the State University of New York, Toni travels extensively and has taught or lectured in numerous countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, P.R. China, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

She is the author of numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in the United States and abroad, as well as two books: American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide (Lexis 1997) and An Introduction to the Anglo-American Legal System (Thompson 2007), which has been translated into Italian, Korean, and Portuguese.

Toni Jaeger-Fine J.D.

Desiree Jaeger-Fine, Esq. (LL.M.) is founder and principal of The Jaeger-Fine Group, a training institute for professional advancement in New York City. She is a member of the New York bar and has authored more than 120 articles and two books about professional development and the U.S. Master of Laws degree. Her recent book A Short & Happy Guide to Networking was published by one of the leading legal publishers in the U.S. Desiree frequently lectures across the U.S. and around the world, including in Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain.

Desiree holds law degrees from both the University of Bonn and Fordham Law School from which she graduated cum laude with a master degree in IP/IT.

Desiree serves as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Law Student Perspectives Committee and is an active member of the National Association for Law Placement and the Career Advancement and Management Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She is past Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Student, LLM, and New Lawyer Outreach Committee and past Vice-Chair of the ABA’s Young Lawyer’s Interest Network.


Desiree Jaeger-Fine, Esq., LL.M.

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