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Wake Forest Law named Best Value among private schools by National Jurist

Wake Forest Law has once again been named among the Best Value for private law schools by The National Jurist in the Fall 2016 issue of preLaw magazine.

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Carson Smith (JD ’16) named ‘Law Student of the Year’ by the National Jurist

Carson Smith (JD ’16) is the first Wake Forest Law student to be recognized by the National Jurist as “Law Student of the Year.” He is one of five students recognized from law schools across the nation in the current issue of the magazine. Smith was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in management. Prior to entering law school, he worked in management and sales for a medical services company.

While in law school, Smith has been very involved with the Pro Bono Project, this year serving as the executive director. In the past three years he has volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, mentored juveniles who have been drug abusers in the Reclaiming Futures project and served as a coordinator for the law school and YWCS’s Teen Court Program. Following graduation, Smith plans to return to his home town as a public defender, providing legal services to individuals unable to afford adequate representation.

Outreach Director Beth Hopkins says, “His imprint on our program has heightened the student body’s understanding of pro bono services, and as a visionary, he has broadened the Wake Forest Law’s pro bono outreach in this community. Smith’s contributions to our program have sealed the law school’s place in its quest for providing legal information to that segment of the community that has the greatest need for justice.”

The section of the National Jurist story that features Smith follows.

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Wake Forest Law named among best law schools for practical training

The National Jurist named Wake Forest Law as one of the best law schools for practical training in February 2015. The grading was based on the number of students who participated in the law school’s growing hands-on learning opportunities including clinics and externships. Clinic students had myriad chances to do just that over the past year from arguing and winning a federal appeal to delivering more than $1,000,000 in value to business and community development in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, area and beyond. At least two clinics secured significant grants to help area children and senior citizens this academic year. Alumni who are interested in working with the clinics, should contact Professor Steve Virgil, who is executive director of experiential education, at or 336.758.4280. Continue reading »

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The National Jurist ranks Wake Forest Law best value among private schools

In an October 2015 article in The National Jurist, Wake Forest Law was ranked fifth among private law schools for best value. The story can be found here on The National Jurist website.

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The National Jurist: WFU Law among schools with most improved employment rate

Mike Stetz of The National Jurist writes, “Wake Forest University School of Law saw the biggest jump of all law schools in the percentage of recent grads landing full-time, long-term jobs.”

His original story from May 1 follows: While the nation’s law schools collectively saw a slight uptick in employment success for their grads from 2014 compared to 2013, some schools managed to do much better than average. Why? A better job market, more aggressive career services programs and student grit were among the answers. Continue reading »

The National Jurist names Wake Forest Law among best schools for practical training

The National Jurist magazine has listed Wake Forest Law among 86 law schools considered the best for practical training in its March 2015 issue. The highest weight, 30 percent, was placed on the number of students participating in clinics. Wake Forest Law offers a seven clinics for students, including clinics in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, child advocacy and elder law. Externships, which Wake Forest Law offers throughout the Carolinas and Washington, D.C., among others, were weighted at 25 percent.

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The National Jurist names Wake Forest Law as a best value private law school

Wake Forest Law has been selected by The National Jurist as one of the best value private law schools in its June 13, 2014, listing. Five private law schools premiered on the list of the Best Value law schools this year, joining Brigham Young University, which had been the lone private institution on the annual list in 2013. Continue reading »

National Jurist Magazine ranks Wake Forest law as one of best in standard of living

Graduates of the University of Texas who enter private practice enjoy the best standard of living in the nation, while Wake Forest law school ranks 24th, according to an exclusive study by National Jurist magazine.

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