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From Wake Forest Law to New York City: Sarah Turner (LLM ’15)

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Sarah Turner (LLM ’15) of Norwich, United Kingdom, knew when deciding on an LL.M. program that she wanted a unique experience in a supportive environment. Her adviser at the University of East Anglia encouraged her to consider Wake Forest Law because of its small class sizes and its reputation for rigorous academics. Turner is happy she took that advice. “After spending a year at Wake Forest, I consider my initial application to be one of the best decisions I have ever made,” she said.

Turner works in New York City, where she plans to sit for the February 2017 bar exam. Having focused her LL.M. studies on International Business and Energy Law, Turner knew she wanted to practice in those areas. Shortly before graduation, the Office of Career and Professional Development put Turner in touch with Law Board of Visitors member Richard Soultanian (JD ’93), co-president of NUS Consulting Group. This multinational organization operates in 19 countries and provides consultancy services to large corporate clients with regards to their energy use. This connection created a perfect fit for Turner, who is now the Projects & Legal Manager for NUS Consulting.

Turner credits her LL.M. coursework with preparing her for this position. “As I work in-house, my days are incredibly varied, ranging from international business transactions to local employment law matters,” she explained. “Because of the variety in my work, the classes I took at Wake are often directly related to the work I do in the office – which always serves as a great reminder of the fantastic education I got while at Wake Forest Law.”

When asked about her favorite memories of her time at Wake Forest Law, Turner cites the social events organized by the Student Bar Association, the attentiveness of her professors, as well as the atmosphere of the surrounding city.

“Winston-Salem is a great place to live; it is very affordable, friendly and there are always great things happening in the city, particularly downtown which has a great arts scene and some lovely restaurants and bars.  As an international student, it was very easy to feel at home here.”

Most importantly, Turner values the lessons she learned in the classroom, both academic and otherwise, at Wake Forest Law.

“The smaller class sizes allowed me to feel confident during class discussions and this, coupled with the support of my professors, has allowed me to be confident in my professional life.”