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.

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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International Alumni Reunion

Alumni Reunion 2012

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 »

Your Guide to Winston-Salem

By: Allysen Mahaffey
Administrative Assistant, International Graduate Programs

Skyline of Winston-SalemWinston-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:



Art Galleries

Place Address Phone
Artworks Gallery 564 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 723-5890
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery (WFU) WFU Campus- Scales Fine Arts Center 758-5795
Delta Arts Center 2611 New Walkertown Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27105 722-2625
Delurk Gallery 207 W. 6th St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 486-3444
Diggs Gallery (WSSU) Winston-Salem State University: 601 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27110 750-2458
Ember Gallery 690 Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 703-5214
Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space 629 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 817-1248
The Other Half 560 North Trade St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 407-4262
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery 601 N.Trade Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101 725-1516
The Sawtooth School for Visual Art 251 North Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 723-7395
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106 725-1904
Swift Wade Gallery 560 North Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Art Center 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 725-8916
Downtown Gallery Hop (summer and fall event) Between 5th and 7th street on Trade Street

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Welcome to the Wake Forest University School of Law International Programs blog! (Boy, that’s a mouthful.)

Ayman and Joel with Demon Deacon statueWFU offers several international graduate programs: the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law Program, the S.J.D. Program, the Visiting International Researcher/Student Program, and summer study abroad programs in London, Vienna, and Venice.  Hundreds of students have participated in these programs over the years.  To keep all of our alumni connected to each other and abreast of new developments in our programs, we decided to create an International Programs blog that we hope will mostly be fueled by contributions from alumni on various topics.
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