Wake Forest Law welcomes new JD, Master of Studies in Law and international students for 2015-16 academic year

Photo of entering JD Class of 2018 outside the Worrell Professional Center

Entering JD Class of 2018

The Wake Forest University School of Law welcomed its newest juris doctor (JD), Master of Studies in Law (MSL) and international students for the 2015-16 academic year beginning Friday, Aug. 14.

New students include 141 JD students, 17 MSL students, 19 LL.M. in American Law (LL.M.) students, five new SJD (Doctor of Juridical Science) students, six Visiting International Researchers (VIRs) and five inaugural Two-Year JD for International Lawyers students.

The entering JD Class of 2018 is made up of students representing 86 colleges and universities from 28 states and three foreign countries. The class is 49 percent women and 21 percent of the class is made up of diversity students. And there are at least four students with graduate degrees.

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), who became the law school’s first woman dean on July 1, told the first-year law students this class will always be special.  “I am like you,” she said during Orientation. “I am a new dean. You will always be incredibly special to me class of 2018 because we are 1Ls together.”

The incoming class is also the first to take advantage of the more than $7 million transformation of the Worrell Professional Center. “It’s a very exciting time and we will always associate you with the building transformation,” Dean Reynolds added. “What hasn’t changed is that you are most important thing to us.”

The incoming JDs contributed to the Winston-Salem community by volunteering with Habitat of Humanity of Forsyth County. Each of the four sections of incoming JD students spent a morning or afternoon along with faculty members and law school administrators, building a home in the Trent Hill subdivision off Cherry Street.

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.”