Alumni

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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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: 

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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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Transferring from an LL.M. to a J.D.

By: Ruilu Wang (LL.M. ’09 & J.D. ’11)

Ruilu Wang and her LL.M. classmates at graduation

Ruilu Wang and her LL.M. classmates at graduation

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 »

Why I Chose WFU Law

By: Dr. Klemens Leopold Keferboeck (LLM, ’01)

Dr. Klemens Leopold Keferboeck

Dr. Klemens Leopold Keferboeck

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

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.

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Playing Intramural Sports at WFU

Christian playing basketball

Christian playing basketball

This is my first blog entry, so allow me to introduce myself: My name is Christian Fuehner and I graduated from the LL.M program in 2010. After interning at the EU Delegation to the US in Washington D.C., I returned to my native Germany and I am currently working for the law firm of Hengeler Mueller in Berlin. My year at Wake Forest was one of the best experiences of my life, both from a professional and from a social standpoint.

Before you read any further, please watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gxc9UDLMesk&feature=related

As you can probably guess from the video, sports are an important element in the Wake community. I can highly recommend going to the basketball (usually a very good team) and football (mostly mediocre) games. If you want to participate in sports yourself, Wake intramural sports are the way to go. There are tournaments in almost every sport you can think of, running during the whole academic year. The tournaments last for 8 weeks each, so you can play in up to 4 leagues a year. If you need a team to play with, the Intramural office can assist you in finding teammates. Here’s a link to their website:

http://www.wfu.edu/intramural/

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Finding Internships in the US After Earning an LL.M.

In these tough times, when competition among graduates is more severe than ever, getting an internship is particularly difficult and particularlyLL.M student in Washington DC street with Capital Building in background important. It concerns international graduates to an even greater degree. Indeed, to be a non-American professional with a non-American background means to be in a much weaker position in comparison with local graduates.

Many 2011 graduates had a hard time securing an internship in the US this year. It was not an easy task for me as well. However, I sent out a number of resumes and eventually succeeded in getting a very interesting summer internship position at an IP law firm in Washington D.C. that I chose from several offers. My substantial legal experience and high GPA were helpful. Also, the firm hired a couple of Muskie fellows as interns before and the partners feel certain of Muskies’ proficiency.  So I was admitted just after an interview.

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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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