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Class of 2019 is in Session: Another Year Starts at Duke Law

There is a new class in session at the Duke Law, counting students from no less than 35 countries.

This international class is set to help 88 foreign student-lawyers gain new knowledge (and a fresh perspective) on the specialized law subjects, especially in the context of the U.S. legal system.

The class, which has started in mid-August, includes student representatives from every single continent with the exception of Antarctica. This year, the Duke Law has welcomed its first ever lawyer-to-be from the Bahamas.

A set of different professional experiences that these students bring to class “doesn’t just inform their own studies”, said Associate Dean for International Studies Jennifer Maher ’83, but also “adds an international perspective to class discussions”.

Thanks to Duke LLM alumni, who have helped build this rich learning environment, the Duke Law assembly of 2019 is indeed a melting pot of cultures and legal systems from all over the world.

For example, it includes students with on-field experiences with the aviation industry in South Africa, the fintech law development in Mexico, the patent prosecution in Korea, the project finance in Egypt, the Mt. Gox bitcoin crisis in Japan, and the environmental health issues in Peru.

These student-lawyers have come to Duke Law to learn more about international human rights, corporate or environmental law. A number of them is planning to stay in the U.S. and continue honing this newly acquired knowledge here, while a number of them are planning to bring it back to their home countries.

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