Student Profile: Anna Otchere (LLM ’15)

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Name: Anna Franklina Otchere

Graduation year: 2015

Hometown/Country: Cape Coast, Ghana

Undergraduate and graduate schools: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi (2008) Major: Law; The Ghana School of Law: Barrister at Law (BL 2010)

Leadership positions: For three consecutive years, I was the financial secretary for the Peer Counsellors Unit of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi.  This unit liaised with the Counselling Center of the University in helping students deal with challenges of different forms while they were on campus.

Work experience:  After completing law school in 2010, I started working with the Attorney General’s Department, Kumasi- Ghana, as an assistant state attorney.  My job involved criminal prosecutions, writing legal opinions on dockets from the police department in the Ashanti Region and doing legal research.

Why Wake Forest Law? My choice of Wake Forest University was informed by the desire for quality education, professional mentoring, cultural diversity  and a working understanding of American Law especially in the field of health law. My husband, Daniel Opoku (Ph.D.), first introduced me to Wake Forest University.  Subsequent research unveiled Wake Forest University’s great history and outstanding academic reputation as one of the best schools in the state of North Carolina. Besides, Wake Forest University enjoys rich cultural diversity, great teacher-student relationships, acclaimed alumni and wonderful opportunities for international students.

Most memorable moment from Wake Forest Law School: It was when I met my adviser, Professor Christine Nero Coughlin, for the first time.  I was overwhelmed by the warm welcome and genuine willingness to assist and mentor me through my studies.  On the whole, I have realized that this is one of the major hallmarks of the law school. The professors at the School of Law are very approachable and they often exceed my expectations when it comes to receiving help in my studies.

What’s next for you? My next aspiration is to pursue my S.J.D in health law. This will further prepare me to positively influence existing health laws and pioneer new aspects that have received little or no attention.

Learn more about the LL.M. degree at Wake Forest Law here.