Student/Alumnus Profile: Alieu Barry Bah (MSL ’14)
Home: Gambia, West Africa, and now Charlotte, N.C.
Post-graduation: After graduation with an MSL from Wake Forest Law in addition to his prior degrees and work experience in the banking industry, Bah is now a Vice President in Compliance and Risk Management at Wells Fargo Securities.
“Law school was very different from my time in business school. Towards the end of the first semester It seemed as if I was learning a new language…learning how to write, read, and speak all over again. The knowledge and skills and I gained in classes such as legal research and writing have conditioned and enhanced my analytical reasoning and business judgment skills. Going back to Corporate America, I found my writing and communication skills to be very different from before. Today, I am much more critical of my own work products because in law school I learned about cases that are the result of ambiguity or ineffective communication strategies,” says Bah.
MSL and career application: “The law affects all facets of our society. In addition to my business law courses, I appreciate classes such as administrative and regulatory law, civil procedure, contracts, torts, and constitutional law. These MSL classes at Wake Forest Law gave me a solid foundation in understanding legal philosophy and jurisprudence,” he explains. “My current role in the area of compliance and risk management help keep our line of business in compliance with regulatory requirements and mitigating operational risks. With the current regulatory environment financial institutions are under increased scrutiny. As a matter of public policy, lawmakers are also under increased pressure from their constituents given the recent global financial crisis. My legal education has equipped me with the knowledge to be able to connect the dots between economics, public policy, and law.”
Why I chose the MSL Program: Bah learned about the Wake Forest Law MSL program when he read about it in the Wall Street Journal.
“I was considering law school, because I’d already studied business administration, but I also wanted to further my education and career in global business, so I began looking at Wake Forest University and other schools,” he said.
His contacts and familiarity with financial transactions from working in healthcare industry and banking made the Wake Forest MSL program even more attractive because it enabled him to “gain more confidence about what I already knew.” His decision to attend the MSL program was only having to leave his career, and income stream, for one year versus three for a traditional law degree.
Leadership at Wake Forest Law: Bah served as the MSL representative for the Wake Forest Law Student Bar Association, acting as a liaison between the MLS and JD students as well as the administration. He also helped coordinate events for MSL students with other JD student organizations.
Undergraduate school and major: After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska, Bah attended graduate school in the United Kingdom, where he studied international business economics and globalization at Brookes and Oxford Universities. He then attended the executive education program in health policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Read an article about him that was featured in the Jurist alumni magazine.
See Bah featured in the “Happy Grads” video on the Wake Forest Law YouTube channel.