Highlights of my LL.M. studies, and a new job in New York City

bernard armoo

Bernard Armoo (U.K., LL.M. ’13) in New York City

By: Bernard Armoo (U.K., LL.M., ’13)

Mr. Armoo recently graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Wake Forest Law. In November, he will be working on corporate transactions at Bryant Rabbino, LL.P., a New York corporate law firm. Born in Ghana, Mr. Armoo moved to the United Kingdom as a teenager. Prior to coming to Wake Forest Law, Mr. Armoo graduated with Honours from Leeds Metropolitan University.

What have you been up to since your time at Wake Forest?

After graduating from Wake Forest in May, 2013, I moved to New York with the aim of finding legal internship or employment.

Where are you currently working? What do you do? 

In July, 2013, I started interning as a legal intern with the General Counsel/President and Executive Vice President at the Corporate Office of NUS Consulting Group (“NUS”), an International Energy Consulting Company. At NUS, my responsibilities include reviewing and drafting international and national contracts, and carrying out research for pre-negotiation of these contracts. These contracts come in different forms, such as Energy Management Services Contracts, Brokerage/Supplier Contracts, and Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements.

However in November, I start a new employment with a New York corporate law firm, Bryant Rabbino, LL.P., where I will be working on corporate transactions.

How has your LL.M. degree helped your law career after graduating? 

My interest remains in international corporate transactional law and pursuing my LL.M. at Wake Forest School of Law gave me the opportunity to focus on this particular practice area. One of the many aspects I admire about the Wake Forest Law LL.M. program is the fact that you get to “mix and match” the subjects to correspond with your interested area of practice. I took full advantage of this opportunity to develop my interest in international corporate transactional law,

which I believe has better equipped me with the necessary skills needed to start practicing in this area. My LL.M. degree will serve to further prove my interest in this area of practice to employers.

What was your favorite course at Wake Forest Law and why? 

International Business Transaction, International Trade Law, and International Human Rights were my favorite courses. These courses are all connected together in one way or the other and were taught by Professors who have great expertise and have practiced in this area of law for many years.

In an age of rapid globalization, it is almost impossible for a lawyer to practice law, regardless of the size of the law firm, without coming across an international law issue. The aggressive growth of emerging economies, and its impact on political, social, and cultural relations across borders, creates new demands for legal services. The courses listed above have laid down the foundation for me to understand law on an international level and seize these market opportunities. This is also one of the many reasons why I wanted to pursue an LL.M. in American Law at Wake Forest University.

Did you make friends with any JD students? Do you still keep in touch? 

Taking classes with the JD students is another aspect I admire about the Wake Forest Law LL.M. Program. Taking the same classes and being put into groups with fellow JD students for group assignments creates the opportunity to connect with your fellow class mates, not only in class but also outside class hours.

I also made friends through other associations, such as the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Student Bar Association (SBA). I still keep in touch with the friends I made during my time at Wake Forest. You create a long lasting friendships with these friends that it is almost impossible not to stay in touch after graduation, especially with social media still in place.

Why did you come to Wake Forest? 

My decision to come to Wake Forest was unorthodox, unlike some of my learned friends. I came to Wake Forest because I had the privilege of meeting Deans Morant and Schneider, and some of the Wake Law students and staff at the Worrell House in England during the Wake Law School study abroad program in 2011. After meeting the Deans, staff, and students, I knew it then that Wake Forest was the school I wanted to attend. What stood out for me was the great reputation of Wake Forest Law, its extra curriculum and law clinics, its small-size classes, and the ratio of staff-to-students. Wake Forest Law met my expectations; I had the privilege of becoming the LL.M. SBA Representative and participated in trial competitions.

What did you do for fun in Winston- Salem?

Although some say it is a small city, Winston-Salem is a fun place to live. I enjoyed biking around the city, hiking, using its cross-country trails, visiting the bars and restaurants in downtown, and occasionally its art galleries.

Do you have any advice for current or future LL.Ms at Wake Forest? 

There are many opportunities that come with gaining an LL.M. degree from Wake Forest Law, take advantage of every single one that you come across. If your plan is to gain practical experience to compliment your studies at Wake Forest Law after your LL.M., if the need be, make use of the extended visa program (OPT, etc.). If you are looking at gaining employment in the international field right after your studies, then make sure to participate in the International Student Interview Program (ISIP) in New York. Another advice will be to make the most of your time at Wake Forest; make new friends, visit new places, and step out of your comfort zone and try new things.