Moldovan law students visit Wake Forest Law

Four law students from Moldova State University visited Wake Forest University School of Law on Aug. 31, 2009, to observe a U.S. law school in operation. Coming from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, Sergiu Cotruta, Iurie Amarii, Alina Criminceanu and Constantin Rosca were sponsored by an organization identifying Moldovan students desiring a short-term experience working, living and travelling in the U.S. As part of their experience, the Moldovan law students requested a visit to a U.S. law school.

Their visit to Wake Forest University School of Law was organized with the help of Patrick Flanagan (’90), a partner at Cranfill, Sumner, & Hartzog LLP in Charlotte, and his mother, Jill Phillips, who employed the four students over the summer at her resort in Piney Grove, Pa.

The Moldovans were welcomed by Dean Blake Morant and after a tour of the law school led by Dean Susan Montaquila, the Moldovans had the opportunity to visit law school classes and observe the Socratic teaching method. Iurie, Sergiu, and Constantin chose to attend Professor Jay Kesten’s International Business Transactions class, while Alina attended Professor Ahmed Taha’s Civil Procedure I class. Sam Edwards, the International Student Adviser from WFU’s Center for International Studies, led the Moldovans on a Wake Forest University campus tour. The Moldovans concluded their visit with an informal discussion with professors, LL.M. students, and JD students over lunch in the law school.

From left: Constantin Rosca, Iurie Amarii, Dean Blake Morant, Alina Criminceanu and Sergiu Cotruta