Posted: August 16th, 2013 | By: Lisa Snedeker
The Wake Forest University School of Law today welcomed its newest JD, Master of Studies in Law and international students for the 2013-14 academic year.
The entering JD Class of 2016 is represented by students from 115 colleges and universities from 29 states and one foreign country. The class is 51 percent women and 75 percent of the students are from out of state. Twenty-eight percent of the class is made up of diversity students.
“For the first time in recent history, there are more women in the class of 2016 than men,” said Assistant Dean of Admissions Jay Shively. “We also have one of the most diverse classes ever enrolled at the law school.”
New international students come from a dozen countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, China, Holland, Kosovo, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Among the LL.M (Master of Laws) students are two men from Kosovo, who represent the second group of students from their country to study law at an American university, according to the Dean of International Programs Richard Schneider.
“This is not only our largest group of incoming international students but our most diverse,” he said. “We have a really wide spectrum of students from around the world and they bring great experiences to this law school.”
Professor Alan Palmiter told the students during orientation that “you just passed over one of the most important thresholds of your lifetime when you became a law student. It’s a distinction and responsibility that will carry on forever.”
First-year law student Tim Readling (’16) said that the people at Wake Forest made him feel special the first time he stepped foot on campus. “The friendly face is the theme of Wake Forest,” he said. “Everyone here is so helpful. I know without a doubt I made the right choice in coming here to law school.”
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. “This class comes from everywhere and we brought you in knowing that you can succeed. You are going to receive a rigorous but compassionate education,” he said. “Having a law degree is a lifelong investment. Law school teaches you how to think, analyze and problem solve. It is a degree for a lifetime.”
The newest members of Wake Forest University law school are starting out the year by giving back to the local community. Law and international students will be volunteering for Habitat for Humanity on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and Thursday, Aug. 22. The entering law school class has been volunteering with Habitat for more than a decade, according to Associate Dean of Administration and Student Services Ann Gibbs.
“At Wake Forest Law, we believe in teaching students how to be citizen lawyers from the very beginning of their law careers,” she explained. “Working with Habitat also emphasizes the university’s commitment to its motto, Pro Humanitate.”