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 »

Interview with Study Abroad Participant and Lecture from Justice Ginsburg

WFU Film Studies student Chris Zaluski is creating a series of videos about WFU’s Summer Study Abroad Programs in London, Venice, and Vienna. 

Check out the first video at in which Leslie Evans (JD ’14) explains why she decided to study abroad in Venice. 

Also, you can listen to U.S. Supreme Court Justice’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s lecture entitled, “A Decent Respect to the Opinion of [Human]kind: the Value of a Comparative Perspective in Constitutional Adjudication,” which she gave on Wednesday evening, July 11, at the Palazzo Cavalli in Venice.

Experiences from the New York University International Student Interview Program

By: Philipp Campestrini (LL.M. Candidate, ’12)

Philipp Campestrini (LL.M. Candidate, ’12)

The first step to actually get an invitation for the New York University International Student Interview Program (NYU ISIP) is to upload your resume to an internet portal.  Matching to your profile, a list of different pre-selected law-firms is being provided.  Most of these law firms come from your home-country because they have certain requirements which you personally have to fulfill.  For me, for example, the language skills of German, French and English were the decisive requirements.  Within this list I could bid for interviews and when the law-firms were interested, they invited me for an interview in New York.  I received 10 interviews for the interview-day and 2 separate one-hour interviews. I was really happy that so many big Swiss law-firms showed interest in my resume and invited me for interviews.

A few weeks later, my journey to New York for the well known New York University ISIP began on NYU International Student Interview Program 2012 Informationa Thursday morning.  My Swiss classmate who also got invitations for several interviews joined me and we travelled together.  Fortunately, all professors from Wake Forest University School of Law knew that we had an important weekend coming and therefore, excused us for all classes on Thursday and Friday.  Fully packed with suits, dress-shirts, ties and application-documents, we drove early in the morning to Greensboro to the Piedmont Triad International Airport.  After a while of searching, we found an available long-term parking spot, but unfortunately this procedure took too much time and we had to rush to catch our flight to New York.  Arriving at the last minute, we checked-in our baggage and boarded the airplane without standing in line.  Continue reading »

How Studying Abroad can Enhance your Career as an International Lawyer

By: Mark Thomas (WFU J.D. alumnus)

In international law practice, every attorney must act as a “translator”. This role has at least two levels. There is, of course, the level of “translating” the law of one country into a clear and accurate explanation that persons from other countries can understand and apply effectively to their own circumstances, such as a business transaction, a need for a work visa, or the like. There is also a second and very important level: “translating” the cultural and social perspectives of one country to persons from other countries, so that those persons may understand the expectations and viewpoints that the first country’s people bring to the legal transactions. A simple example is the way in which different peoples negotiate business agreements. Those persons do not negotiate in a vacuum, but are influenced by their cultural and social experiences in the way they perceive themselves and the ways in which others interact with them. To successfully represent parties in all international transactions, these cultural and social influences need to be better understood and intelligently analyzed. Continue reading »