Mr. Hafizullah “Hafiz” Hamid is a current LL.M. student at Wake Forest University School of Law and will graduate in the spring of 2013. Hafiz is from Mazar-e-sharif city, Afghanistan and came to Wake Forest as a scholar from the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. He received a Bachelor of Science in Law and Political Science from Balkh University, where he graduated top in his class. He has over five years of experience with international organizations in Afghanistan, including working as a Legal Advisor for the Afghan Woman Services Foundation and a Legal Assistant and Translator for the United Nations Development Program. He has also served as an English teacher for various governmental institutions and international organizations. Hafiz was most recently a Senior Legal Advisor in the Attorney General’s Office, which is a section of the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program funded by the US Department of State and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
We decided to interview Hafiz to learn why he decided to pursue his LL.M. degree at WFU School of Law.
Where is home? What is it famous for?
I am from Mazar-e-sharif, one of Afghanistan’s largest cities in the north. The Mazar-e-Sharif means “the grave of Sharif.” This name represents the Blue Mosque which is widely known to be the grave of Hazrat Ali (prophet Mohammad’s son-in-law and the fourth leader of the Islamic Empires). The city became part of the Durrani Empire around 1750 after a treaty of friendship was reached between Mohammad Murad Beg and Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founding father of Afghanistan.
The famous poet and mystic, Jalal al-Din Rumi, was born on September 30, 1207 in Balkh. His father Baha’ Walad was descended from the first caliph Abu Bakr and was influenced by the ideas of Ahmad Ghazali, brother of the famous philosopher. Baha’ Walad’s sermons were published and still exist as Divine Sciences (Ma’arif). Rumi completed six books of mystical poetry and tales called Masnavi before he died on December 17, 1273.
Have you been to the US before?
No, I have not been to USA before. I was supposed to accompany a group of prosecutors for a professional training course in Salt Lake City at Utah University in 2008, but I was not able to make it because of a delay to my visa. Continue reading »
Here is the official group photo of our LL.M. class of 2013! To read short biographies of our students, click here.
Pictured from top left: Hassan Altukhayfi (Saudi Arabia), Young-Bae Son (South Korea), Hafiz Hamid (Afghanistan), Jiyu Fukakura (Japan), Yaser Alasim (Saudi Arabia), Jun Luo (China), Joel De Leon (SJD Candidate- Panama), Valon Kurtaj (Kosovo), Bernard Armoo (England), Kreshnik Radoniqi (Kosovo), Fares Aldhubiban (Saudi Arabia), Ayman Alrefaie (Saudi Arabia), Maria Travers de Paniagua (Nicaragua), Falastine Al-Mallahi (Palestine), Ahmad Banaamah (Saudi Arabia), Amy Glover (England), Shqipdon Fazliu (Kosovo), Mauricio Zuluaga (Colombia), Yucheng Wang (China), Helen He (China), Yu Han (China), Catalina Garzon (Colombia), Xueying Xu (China)
Several of our International Alumni at the Reunion in front of Wait Chapel
By: International Graduate Programs Office
We successfully held our first International Graduate Programs (LL.M., V.I.R., S.J.D.) reunion on the weekend of November 9-11, 2012 here in Winston-Salem, NC. Since the program’s inception in 1996, WFU Law has enrolled 210 international students and lawyers from 39 countries. Sixteen alumni attended from Bolivia, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Switzerland. The program’s alumni include prominent private attorneys, judges, government officials, in-house attorneys, general counsels and SJD candidates. A listing of alumni who attended is available.
Our weekend started with a Welcome Dinner held in a historical court room at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Alumni, their families, current international students, faculty as well as staff involved with International Programs were in attendance. Dean Morant welcomed the alumni back to Winston-Salem and Dean Schneider shared interesting facts and trends about the history of our LL.M. program. Alumni also enjoyed watching a slideshow featuring pictures from their time at Wake Forest. Continue reading »
We are excited to share our brand new videos showcasing our study abroad programs in Venice and Vienna. Each video features a student who studied abroad this past July (summer 2012). One of the most unique parts about our law summer abroad programs is that our classes, led by WFU Law Faculty, are open to non-WFU students. In Venice and Vienna, American JD students are in classes with local European students. In Venice, law students from University of Padua may join the courses. In Vienna, law students from University of Vienna may join. Each class also features guest lecturers from these universities and field trips to local places of interest such as government buildings, court houses, and museums.
Having students from Wake law school, other American law schools, as well as local European universities enriches and diversifies our summer abroad programs to give all those involved the ultimate international experience.
This past summer, the Honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited both our Venice and Vienna programs. She gave public lectures, spent time with our students, and guest lectured in class. Students and professors alike noted what a memorable experience it was to meet and spend time with Justice Ginsburg. Check out our Facebook for pictures, as well as blog posts from Brett Becker (JD, ’14) and Alex Braverman (JD/MBA, ’15) to read more about her visit.
Stay tuned for another video which will be about all three (London, Venice, Vienna) of our summer abroad programs and why you should apply!
As we all know, the LL.M. program is short and lasts only for one year. Every LL.M. candidate may have to consider what to do after graduation just at the beginning of the LL.M. program.
Making the decision of transfer
A large number of LL.M. candidates may think one year of study is too short for them to reach their goal of learning American law. One of the options after graduation is to become a J.D. candidate. Then you will have more years and a comprehensive understanding of American law. LL.M. graduates can apply for another law school and start a brand new J.D. program, but that would take 3 more years. Some great law schools provide an option of transferring from the LL.M. program to the J.D. program within the same law school. Then transferred J.D. candidates can transfer all the credit hours they have taken as an LL.M. student to the J.D. program. Therefore, generally, a transferred J.D. candidate only needs two more years in the J.D. program. Wake Forest started this great option in 2008 and opens a gate to newly arrived LL.M. students.
Preparing for the transfer
Before you file your application for transferring, think thoroughly about your decision. After making the decision of being a J.D. candidate, you have to start preparing for that when you are taking all the courses as a LL.M. student if you want to continue the study directly after graduation from the LL.M. program. Of course, if LL.M. graduates also can apply to transfer some years later after gaining some work experience. Continue reading »
By: Allysen Mahaffey Administrative Assistant, International Graduate Programs
Winston-Salem, North Carolina is the home of Wake Forest with a population of about 225,000 people. It is located in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad and within hours to the Blue Ridge mountains and NC coastal beaches. Although Winston-Salem is mid-sized and not a large city, I was surprised by how much there was to do and see in this area when I first moved here from California two years ago. The amount of local art galleries, parks, festivals and concerts alone can keep you busy just about every weekend. I cannot promise I have been to all of the places or venues below. I definitely cannot promise I have been to any of the golf courses. But I can promise that you will be pleasantly surprised like I was with the things to do and the friendly people you’ll find here-and perhaps also relieved that there is almost no traffic and plenty of parking downtown. You may also be interested in information about restaurants, bars or coffee shops.
Here are extra links for additional guides to Winston-Salem:
If you’re looking to travel outside of Winston-Salem, you’re also in luck as it is close to several cities and not far from mountains and beaches. Check out these websites for places within driving distance from Winston-Salem:
I joined the LL.M. program at WFU School of Law for the academic year 2000-2001. It was a great time, I met interesting people and learned a lot. First, of course, I got a better understanding of U.S. (common) law and learned to see the different perspective lawyers have in such a jurisdiction. Second, my English got much better. And then it was also a cultural experience I would not like to miss. All of these things helped me a lot in my further professional career.
LL.M. Class of 2001
Some of the things which attracted me most to the WFU Law LL.M. program were the very small classes and that we LL.M. students were to a big extent a part of the regular JD classes. Further, as a graduate from an Austrian law school with more than 10,000 students, I was really surprised that at WFU you received real personal contact with your professors.
I am very much looking forward to come back to Winston Salem this fall for the alumni reunion.
Dr. Klemens Leopold Keferboeck graduated with his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law in 2001 from WFU School of Law. He is currently living in Austria with his wife and daughter. He is an Associate General Counsel at MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik.
Cup of Weiner Melange from the famous Landtmann Cafe
Everyone’s initial reaction as we began class on Monday was the same. How did the last week of the program come so quick? Time always flies when you are having fun, but this was three weeks that had flown by. After classes during the course of the final week, everyone was ensuring they visited those last museums or monuments on their list. As we went out together for meals, everyone made sure to take in every moment of the last Weiner Melange (coffee) or Schnitzel each would enjoy in Vienna. Four weeks had certainly been enough to enjoy Vienna, but another week would not have been a bad thing.
On Tuesday, we enjoyed our last excursion, which was an experience hard to forget. We visited the Mauthausen concentration camp, which housed working prisoners during the Nazi regime and WWII era. Everyone learns about the atrocities in school, but something that can’t be taught is found when actually at one of these camps. It would be an anomaly to come to a camp where such a part of history occurred and not receive the feeling that reached down deep in all our hearts and consciences that day. Surely it was different for each of us there, but some emotional revelation in each person was clearly evident. Continue reading »
As we sailed away from Casa Artom on the morning of July 27th, we sat silently in the water taxi, gazing for the last time upon sparkling blue canals, historic churches, and colorful buildings winding around scattered bridges. Amidst the sea spray splashing up slightly over the edges of the boat, we reminisced about all the things we would miss.
We will miss waking up in the morning to stone floors ending in our own little picturesque portion of the Grand Canal. Casa Artom made us all feel like we were home in a country half the world away from where home really was. There was something special about having an address that made us forget we were ever tourists. Holding a house key even gave us the confidence to brush off over-bearing gondoliers as if we were truly locals. Continue reading »
Grapes were cleaned, wine was poured, crackers and cheese were assembled and the place looked elegant at Wake Forest University’s Flow House in the First District of Vienna. We had prepared a delightful feast for our guests soon to arrive. First came the Dean of the Law School Blake Morant and his wife, and then came Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The welcome reception proved successful as the Supreme Court Justice took little time to acquaint herself with her students for the week. The bulk of the evening consisted of eager minds gathered around their famed guest taking in stories and asking pressing questions. Justice Ginsburg not only welcomed questions, but also responded with showmanship and clarity. She provided stories and insight that captivated both American and Austrian students the entire evening.
Professor Schneider and Professor Marsh introduce Justice Ginsburg at the Flow House
For two days of class, Justice Ginsburg reverted to her earlier profession of law professor and took to molding the clay of young legal minds. She gave insight into Supreme Court procedures, oral arguments, and the recent high profile decisions of the last term. The details left out of newspapers and the evening news over the last few months were provided by our first-hand source. It was clear to everyone in the room that Justice Ginsburg loved being back in a classroom and enjoyed engaging with law students. Continue reading »