Posted: June 14th, 2016 | By: Emily Eisert
The International Jurist named Wake Forest Law’s LL.M. program, which is one of the longest running in the U.S., as one of the top 14 LL.M. programs in the category. The programs were selected based on the ability to help students receive hands-on training, collaborate with U.S. students, participate in extracurricular activities and more.
Designed for international lawyers and law students looking to enhance their legal careers by studying the U.S. legal system, Wake Forest Law’s LL.M. program attracts students with its small class sizes and dedicated professors.
Sarah Turner (LL.M. ‘14) of the United Kingdom credits the small class sizes for her confidence in class.
“This,” Turner added, “coupled with the support of my professors, has allowed me to be confident in my professional life.”
The 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio allows students to receive individualized experiences catered to each of their unique goals. Wake Forest Law’s faculty members, many of whom are experts in international legal issues, are accessible and hands-on, says International Graduate Programs Director Amber Featherstone. ” LL.M. students are paired with a faculty adviser for guidance in course selection, research and more,” she explains.
The personalized attention LL.M. students receive also extends from a J.D. mentoring program, Featherstone adds. LL.M. students can be mentored by J.D. students for guidance on educational, professional and cultural questions.
According to Nidia Mercedes (LL.M. ‘15) of the Dominican Republic, “The personalized tutoring in an environment of professionalism and respect helped prepare me to be competitive in the U.S. legal market.”
Wake Forest’s LL.M. program, which is fully integrated with the law school, allows its students to take classes and participate in clubs, organizations and activities with the J.D. students.
“[It’s] a wonderful environment where you feel like part of a big family, receive a warm welcome and where you can achieve your goals with the highest standard of educational quality,” Mercedes said.
The “big family” at Wake Forest Law is a diverse one, especially within the LL.M. program, Featherstone says. “The program has more than 240 alumni from more than 40 countries.,” she says. “Alumni include prominent private attorneys, judges, government officials, S.J.D candidates and more. Their careers, in the U.S. or their native countries, concern a wide range of specialties related to international law.”
The diversity among LL.M. students’ native countries, interests and careers has become a staple for the growing program, Featherstone adds.
Prosecutor Arijana Shajkovci (LL.M ‘16) of Kosovo said, “What I enjoyed most about my studies at Wake Forest was the diversity represented in the school, and the opportunity for exchange among such a diverse body of students.”