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Law school welcomes the class of 2013

Spouses, children, parents and significant others of first-year law and LLM students enjoyed a welcome picnic in the courtyard of the Worrell Professional Center on Friday, Aug. 13, after a day full of orientation activities, which included computer training.  Dinner was followed by twilight tours of campus led by second- and third-year law students.

This year’s incoming class is made up of 165 JD students who hail from as far away as California and as near as Winston-Salem.

“This class is outstanding,” said Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean, Administrative and  Student Services.

The new class is represented by students from 85 colleges and universities from 30 states and one foreign country. The class is 42 percent women and 70 percent of the students are from out of state. Twenty percent of the class is made up of diversity students.

“They are an interesting and talented group,” explains Admissions Director Melanie Nutt. “The great class of 2013 includes a Fulbright Scholar, Peace Corps volunteers and every major from music to engineering. We have published authors, men and women who have served in the military both here and abroad, Teach for America scholars, and professional musicians and artists, among others.”

Orientation continues throughout the week with volunteer work at an area Habitat for Humanity project on Wednesday and Thursday and Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research (LAWR) classes.

Wake Forest University President Dr. Nathan Hatch told the group during Monday’s welcome that in this age of multi-tasking, students need to unplug from time to time and concentrate on their studies.

“I’m not against technology, I have an iPhone and an iPad, but it sometimes creates great danger,” he said. “Our sense of having to be connected all the time  makes it difficult to do anything indepth. I encourage you to cut off the digital devices and focus.”

Law School Dean Blake Morant told the first-year class that they were not only embarking on an intellectual journey, but they were joining the Wake Forest family.

“Everyone who comes here finds that it becomes a very special place in their lives,” he said. “What you learn here will take you far beyond your professional lives and make you better citizens.”