Master of Laws (LLM)

Congratulations Qiuge Xiao (LLM ’15) – Intern for United Nations Yearbook Unit in Summer of 2015

Here in the International Programs Office, we are our students’ biggest supporters. And nothing makes us happier than when one of our students experiences an achievement, no matter how large or small. Today, we are smiling about Qiuge Xiao (LLM ’15) from China. Qiuge has landed a prestigious summer internship with the United Nations Yearbook Unit! Learn more about Qiuge’s success and please join us in congratulating her!

Congratulations Qiuge!!!

Wake Forest Law is first law school in the state of North Carolina to offer a Two-Year Juris Doctor for International Lawyers

Beginning in August 2015, the Wake Forest University School of Law will offer an American Bar Association-approved Two-Year Juris Doctor (J.D.) for International Lawyers degree. Wake Forest is the first law school in the state of North Carolina to offer this degree, which is specifically designed for lawyers educated outside of the United States who are interested in gaining expertise in American law. Continue reading »

A note from Director of International Programs, Amber Featherstone

Greetings from Winston-Salem!

I think it may be time for me to introduce myself. My name is Amber Featherstone and I am the new Director of International Programs at Wake Forest University School of Law. I’m excited and honored to have been chosen for this position and am already feeling the warm and welcoming atmosphere of WFU that many of you know all too well.IMG_0357 (3) (1) Continue reading »

Abdullah Al Shehry, S.J.D., Presents Dissertation on Insurance Law

Ahmed Al Qurashi (S.J.D.), Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D.), Professor Miles Foy, Dean Richard Schneider

Ahmed Al Qurashi (S.J.D.), Abdullah Al Shehry (S.J.D.), Professor Miles Foy, Dean Richard Schneider

Abdullah Al Shehry, (LL.M. ’08) recently presented his dissertation, the culmination of his research and work as an SJD student, to faculty and fellow students. The project, entitled “The Reasonable Expectation Doctrine Knocks on the Saudi Legislative Council Door”, contained a comprehensive examination of Robert E. Keeton’s theories of insurance law. Mr. Al Shehry surveyed how Keeton’s Doctrine of Reasonable Expectations has been applied in several districts throughout the United States. He subsequently considered how such a doctrine may  be employed in a new-founded system of insurance in his home country of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Al Shehry argued that though the concept of insurance may be construed by some as against Islamic law, specifically riba and gharar (usury and gambling, respectively), by grounding new laws on the fundamentals of Keeton’s doctrine, insurance can be offered without breaking the codes of Sharia.

Abdullah hopes to use his position as Professor of Law at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh to present his research to appropriate committee members and legislators. His goal is the possible reform of current insurance law in Saudi Arabia.

LL.M alumnus Francesco Ferrini hosts John Sanders (JD ’16) in Italian internship over summer

By Richard Schneider, Associate Dean of International Programs

The LL.M program here at Wake Forest Law for scholars with non-U.S. legal training has been in operation now for many years.  We have a large number of wonderful graduates, most of whom have returned to their home countries to pursue careers as lawyers, judges, regulators, and follow other professional pursuits. Continue reading »

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

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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.

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Lord Phillips, Windsor Castle, and last days in London

By: Ashley Waring (JD, ’15)

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Ashley in front of Big Ben

My last week in London was bittersweet.  Although, I enjoyed myself in London and I will miss it, I missed home a little bit more.  During the last week, the class attended the annual Order of the Garter and visited Parliament.  At Parliament I finally got a closer look at Big Ben.  It was very impressive.

Eye Contact with the Queen

Eye Contact with the Queen

The class and I had the opportunity to meet with the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord Nicholas Phillips of Worth Matravers.  He invited the class to his home and we had finger foods and drinks.  When he invited the class to his home we all wore business casual attire because we didn’t know what to expect.  When we arrived to his home, his wife wore a beautiful sundress and he wore a Hawaiian shirt with khakis and they offered us food, beer and wine. Continue reading »

Meet Amy from the U.K., a recent graduate of our LL.M. program

By: Amy Glover (U.K., LL.M., ’13) 

WFU Law School 8/17/12Ms. Glover recently graduated with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Wake Forest Law.  She is now an intern in the U.K. office of a Texan law firm called Vinson and Elkins. Before coming to Wake Forest Law, Ms. Glover earned a First Class Honours Degree in LL.B. Law with American Law from the University of East Anglia (UEA).  At UEA, she received the Law School Prize for Exceptional Achievement in Academic Studies in 2012 and was the recipient of the Charles Herbert-Smith Prize for Highest Exam Results in 2009. She also served as the UEA Negotiations President to run the Law Society’s debate competitions and recruit students to the Society. As required by her LL.B. program, Ms. Glover spent one year as a non-degree visiting student at South Texas College of Law.  During her exchange year, she interned in the Child Support Division of the Office of the Attorney General in Houston and completed short internships at Dechert LLP, White & Case LLP, and Mayer Brown International LLP. Ms. Glover also interned at Bousquet Law Firm in Houston, where she focused on oil and gas law.  She attended Deusto University in Spain to pursue a diploma in International Trade Law, which peaked her interest in international commercial law.  

Where is home? What is it famous for?

I grew up in Northumberland, England – a northern county that sits below Scotland and is renowned for its Roman history. It’s also close to Newcastle– a city famous for its football and beer.

Have you been to the U.S. before?

Fortunately, as part of my undergraduate degree, I was able to spend a year at law school in Houston, Texas, studying alongside fellow JD students. During this time, I was also able to gain internships with the Office of Attorney General and a local Texan law firm – both of which were entirely different, but still fascinating.

What are the most notable differences between home and Winston-Salem, NC?

Winston- Salem is a lot quieter- which makes a nice change from bustling cities like Houston and Newcastle. However, there’s many hidden gems waiting to be found. Recently, I have discovered a fantastic bakery, a small winery, Bikram yoga, woodland jogging trails and some amazing art galleries – all within walking distance from downtown.

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Graduation Weekend: Highlights of the LL.M. and S.J.D. graduates!

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A few of the Wake Forest Law LL.M. graduates

By: International Graduate Programs Office

Wake Forest Law School conferred hoods and diplomas on 183 graduates last weekend. Out of 183 law school students, 20 are Master of Laws (LL.M.) graduates and two are Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (S.J.D.) graduates. Many of these international scholars will return to their home countries, while some will stay at Wake Forest to continue their studies in the J.D. or S.J.D. program. Several graduates will begin internships here in the United States. We have a diverse group of international graduates from all of the world. The list of countries include Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Kosovo, Nicaragua, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. To read a news story about the law school’s graduation, go here.

Here at Wake Forest Law, students enjoy a weekend of celebratory events in honor of their hard work. On Friday May 18th, the law school community gathered for a casual picnic at the courtyard in front of the school. On Friday evening, the LL.M. and S.J.D. graduates, along with their guests, enjoyed a celebration dinner. At the dinner, two LL.M. graduates, Bernard Armoo (U.K., LL.M., ’13) and Yucheng Wang (China, LL.M., ’13) were able to share encouraging thoughts about their time at Wake Forest Law.  Dick Schneider, Associate Dean of International Affairs, welcomed the graduates, their guests, and law school professors in attendance. Dean Schneider also presented gifts to the law school’s first ever S.J.D. graduates–Mohamad Basam (Saudi Arabia, S.J.D., ’13 and LL.M., ’07) and Joel De Leon (Panama, S.J.D., ’13).  On Sunday May 19th,  the law school held a hooding ceremony in Wait Chapel on Wake Forest campus. Finally, on Monday, May 20th, all Wake Forest University graduates, including the law school students, were given their diplomas at commencement.

We have included some photos taken during the graduation weekend to highlight in this post. To view more photos, check out the links below:

International Programs Graduation Weekend Highlights: 


A bird’s eye view of Hearn Plaza on Commencement Day


LL.M. Graduates at Friday's Dinner

LL.M. Graduates at Friday’s Dinner

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Catalina Garzon, a Colombian LL.M. student, shares about her Wake Forest Law experience

Catalina Garzon (second to the left) is pictured with Mauricio Zuluaga (Colombia, LL.M., '13), Maria Travers (Nicaragua, LL.M., '13) and Joel De Leon (Panama, S.J.D., '13)

Catalina Garzon (second to the left) is pictured with Mauricio Zuluaga (Colombia, LL.M., ’13), Maria Travers (Nicaragua, LL.M., ’13) and Joel De Leon (Panama, S.J.D., ’13)

Ms. Catalina Garzon Serna is a scholar from LASPAU, which administers the portion of the Fulbright Program that provides grants to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean for graduate study in the United States.  Ms. Garzon is a member of the Colombian Bar and the Legal Director of Personal Banking and Banking for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses at Bancolombia S.A.  Previously, she was a Senior Lawyer at Leasing Bancolombia and a Lawyer at Banco de Occidente S.A. She has also taught Leasing Contracts (Banking Law) at Universidad CES. Ms. Garzon earned a degree in Law and Political Science and a post-graduate degree in Financial and Business Law from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. She has focused her LL.M. studies on banking, corporate finance, and securities law. Because only six out of ten Colombian citizens have access to financial products, Ms. Garzon’s goal is to return to Bancolombia and make financial products, such as savings accounts and loans, more accessible to everyone. Ms. Garzon will graduate from the Master of Laws LL.M. program in May of 2013.

Where is home? What is it famous for?

My home country is Colombia, located in South America. It is famous for producing the finest coffee in the world, huge variety of flowers and for its beautiful landscapes.  The country is also well known for its friendly people and their entrepreneurial spirit. I am from Medellín, the second largest city in the country. In 2012 Medellín was awarded by the Wall Street Journal as the innovative city of the year, before other cities like New York and Tel Aviv.

Have you been to the U.S. before?

I visited the U.S. two years ago with the aim of improving my English skills.  I took an English course in Delaware. At that time I had decided that I was going to pursue a master degree in the U.S., having in mind the quality of education and the variety of opportunities that this country offers.

 What are the most notable differences between home and Winston-Salem, N.C.?

One of the most notable differences between Winston-Salem and my hometown is the peaceful environment that offers a small city like Winston, in comparison with a vast city like Medellín with more than two million people. Furthermore, the landscapes are totally different, my hometown is surrounded by mountains and the weather is warmer than here.  In Winston-Salem you can feel that you are breathing clean air due to its huge trees and all the nature you can see all over the city.   Continue reading »