Posted: August 20th, 2012 | By: Lisa Snedeker
The Wake Forest University School of Law today welcomed its newest JD students, its largest class of international students and its first-ever Master of Studies in Law students for the 2012-13 academic year.
The entering JD Class of 2015 is represented by students from 83 colleges and universities from 29 states and two foreign countries. The class is 40 percent women and 70 percent of the students are from out of state. Twenty-one percent of the class is made up of diversity students.
New international students come from Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Gaza, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Among the L.LM students is the first female graduate of King Saud University and three men from Kosovo, who are the first students from their country to study law at an American university, according to the Dean of International Programs Richard Schneider.
“We are thrilled to have the first woman to graduate from King Saud University studying with us as well as the first law students from Kosovo to study in America at Wake Forest law school,” he said. “This is not only our largest group of incoming international students but our most diverse. “
Wake Forest law school also has its first Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities scholar from Colombia. LASPAU administers the portion of the Fulbright Program that provides grants to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean for graduate study in the United States.
For Yaser Alasim of Saudi Arabia being a Wake Forest L.LM student means that he is able to achieve his academic goals and pursue his law studies. “Wake Forest is a perfect academic community to build my skills and to be a part of American academic life,” he says.
Dean Blake D. Morant told the students gathered at this morning’s welcome that today is one of the most thrilling days of the year at the law school. “You are going to begin to enrich yourselves and become part of a legacy that not only will enrich your lives, but the lives of others,” he said.
Student Bar Association President Martha Bordogna told the incoming students to have some fun and make friends. “This will be an incredibly challenging year,” she said. “If you need help, just ask because everyone wants you to succeed!”
The newest members of Wake Forest University law school are starting out this week by giving back to the local community. JD and international students will be volunteering for Habitat for Humanity at its Trent Hill Site in Winston-Salem on Wednesday and Thursday in the mornings and early afternoon. The entering law school class has been volunteering with Habitat for more than a decade.