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Wake Forest University (School of Law)

Founded in 1894, Wake Forest School of Law is a nationally recognized academic community of 470 students and 40 teacher-scholars. Small by design, our programs produce astute and confident lawyers broadly educated in the skills, traditions, and ethics of practice. We offer three degree programs: the JD, the JD/MBA, and the LLM in American Law. As a law school, our character is unique: The course work is challenging; the preparation for practice is excellent; our faculty is among the most productive law school faculties in the nation in terms of scholarship—and yet our community is unusually supportive and engaging. This special character reflects both our mission and our commitments to our students, and it's the feature that alumni often recall with gratitude and pride. Our school seeks to prepare our students for the practice of law in the United States. Some of our graduates will use their legal educations for important purposes other than law practice, but we recognize that each graduate may be admitted to the bar in any of the 50 states. We, therefore, have a responsibility to provide our students with a foundation of legal knowledge and skill upon which they can build lives of service within the legal profession. We must attempt to instill in every student a respect for the rule of law, a devotion to the ideal of public service, and a commitment to basic professional values: honesty, diligence, competence, intelligence, and civility. In the recruitment of our students and the placement of our graduates, our school is increasingly national in orientation, but we maintain and will continue to nurture a special relationship with our state and region. Our school is small by tradition and design. Our goal is to establish an academic community that unites students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends in an extended, loyal family. We must concern ourselves with the personal development of the individual student, and we should encourage all students to care for one another and for Wake Forest. We aspire to overcome any economic or ethnic barriers that may have excluded individuals from the legal profession in the past. We believe that the faculty must be committed to teaching and to legal scholarship. We regard these functions as synergistic aspects of a single vocation. Excellent teaching is central to the educational process; legal scholarship informs that process and contributes to the improvement of the law. We seek to attract to our faculty individuals whose character and conduct exemplify the professional and personal ideals that are basic to the school's mission. The course of study at Wake Forest emphasizes fundamental lawyering skills. Classes are small. Teachers are accessible to students outside of class. In all courses teachers stress legal analysis and critical thinking, and they encourage students to consider the social and economic settings in which legal principles and rules operate and the ways in which lawyers use those principles and rules in practice. Believing that lawyers must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively, we emphasize the development of skill in written and oral communication. We also recognize the need to instruct our students in the effective use of informational technology. We understand that we are preparing our students to live and work in a changing world that is influenced by transnational developments and globalization. Student governance at Wake Forest University School of Law reflects the School's commitment to working with students on important issues that affect the life of the law school community. One of the most important organizations at the Law School is the Honor Council, whose members hear and decide on actions related to alleged violations of the Honor Code. The council is comprised of nine third-year students, six second-year students, and three first-year students. Honor Council members are elected to their posts by the student body and serve until leaving the law school. Law school students also elect a counselor for the respondent and two student solicitors, who serve one-year terms and can run for re-election. The Student Bar Association plays a key role in student life and leadership at the Law School. All law school students are automatically members of the SBA, so this group is central to the school's day-to-day academic and social life. Some of the SBA's activities include the annual Barristers' Ball, 1L Orientation, the Race Judicata Charity Event, the Law School Fund Raising Telethon, the Used Book Sale, and other faculty/student activities. The SBA also helps to coordinate the activities of other student organizations and works to improve the School's general academic environment. The SBA's governing body is the Student Bar Council, which is comprised of four officers and five representatives from each class. The council plans social functions, manages student services, and serves as a liaison between the student body and faculty, alumni, and state and national bar associations. A hallmark of Wake Forest's School of Law is its commitment to both teaching and scholarship. Here, you will find a faculty strong in teaching, strong in experience and strong in current scholarly writing. In the classroom, our professors use their experience to create an academic atmosphere which challenges students to learn substantive legal concepts while developing keen analytical and persuasive skills - imperatives for success in the legal profession. Our 12:1 student-teacher ratio fosters interaction with faculty beyond the classrooms. Professors welcome casual conversations with students in their offices, invite students to their homes and often join them for lunch around campus. This is more than an open-door policy: It's a way of teaching and being part of an academic community. Of course, our faculty are also respected legal scholars. Their prolific research has an impact on legal thought and public policy. You can see each faculty member's recently published works on their individual websites or see the Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper Series for a collection of published papers and papers currently in development. Wake Forest's Juris Doctor curriculum prepares you to work in any jurisdiction of the United States. We graduate broadly educated lawyers, well qualified to join a range of legal practices. Our graduates have an unusual breadth and depth of legal knowledge, plus exceptional skills that make increased specialization possible as their careers develop. The JD program is offered on a full-time basis only and takes three academic years to complete. The first year features a common set of required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum 89 semester hours of study, with a cumulative weighted grade-point average of at least 73 on a 100-point scale. The School of Law is committed to helping you practice what you learn. Through several outstanding programs—some curricular, some extracurricular, and some co-curricular—our students work, argue, research, write, and practice. And often they help citizens in need. Our approach tightly integrates study, practice, and experience, and it develops great lawyers. The law school offers three study abroad programs--in London, Venice, and Vienna--for course credit. Each program runs for four weeks during the summer--London in May/June, and Venice and Vienna in July. Each program introduces students to various topics of comparative and international law depending on the expertise of the Wake Forest law professors who teach in the program. Although Wake Forest law students stay fairly busy writing, researching, studying, and working in the community or in law offices, they do have time to take advantage of one of the South's most beautiful and inviting campuses. With the campus community, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding area at your door, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your down time, break out of a rut, or lift your spirits.

School name:Wake Forest UniversitySchool of Law
Address:Worrell Professional Center
Zip & city:NC 27109 North Carolina

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