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Mengesha Wossen from Ethiopia Is This Year’s Miami Law LLM Scholarship Winner

Born and bred in Woldia, Mengesha Wossen has always felt that the law was his calling. Today, after having earned a few degrees at some of the most prestigious schools in his field, Wossen is a fulfilled and successful law teacher in Ethiopia and an editor on the local law review.

But Wossen is also highly ambitious, which is why he recently started pursuing a second Masters of Law, this time in international commercial arbitration and at the University of Miami School of Law, where he was awarded White & Case/Carolyn B. Lamm Scholarship, aimed at exemplary students.

Before Miami Law, Wossen was a student of the widely acclaimed Haramaya University, where he had finished both an LLB and an LLM program, with a focus on international and business law. It was Haramaya University Dean, Dr. Richard Wentzell, who recommended Miami.

In between his Hatamaya LLM classes, Wossen was working for a leading insurance company in Ethiopia but “felt something was missing”. It wasn’t until 2014 when he returned home to Haramaya to teach secured transactions law, land, banking, insurance, international trade, and investment law that he found his true calling. An LLM at the Miami Law only reaffirmed Wossen’s passion for the law.

Currently, he is planning to build his competence and pursue his legal career across different arbitrations institutions. Wossen is happy to be able to give back to his country by furthering its dispute settlement mechanisms, investment policies, trade, business, and law, and hopes to do so for the remainder of his career as a professor of law.

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