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Wake Forest University School of Law

Wake Forest School of Law has cultivated a rich and distinctive identity in legal education, one that is rooted in community and service and the belief that these combined values are the foundation for developing future advocates of the rule of law. Our long-held devotion to educating the whole person is embodied by classes that are small by design and a curriculum that empowers students to explore their passions and curiosities with the support of faculty and peers. A Wake Forest education is remarkably unrivaled in its dedication to teaching and to the understanding that learning flourishes when experts and scholars of the law can teach in a way that is deeply personal, approachable, and applicable to the professional experiences that happen outside the classroom. All of these traditions inspire the uniquely warm and supportive character of the Wake Forest community. Though the academic rigor is challenging, a collegially competitive spirit thrives among Wake Forest Law students. As a relationship-driven community, there continues to be a strong recognition that a diversity of experiences and perspectives make us a better, stronger law school. At the very heart of our mission is the profound purpose of developing successful citizen lawyers. Our graduates bring integrity, professionalism, intellect, and service to the legal profession, striving to leave the world better than they found it.

Academics Master of Laws (LLM)

Our LLM program is designed for international attorneys who want to advance their careers through intensive legal study in the U.S. Our classes remain small by design and incorporate JD students so that each of our international students can improve their legal English proficiency through discussions that happen in and outside the traditional classroom. In addition to offering a general course of study, Wake Forest Law also provides LLM students the opportunity to pursue degree specializations and even the option to craft their own specialty when courses offered during their year of study align with a preferred specialty
Juris Doctor

Our JD program is built on a comprehensive legal curriculum that purposely offers both traditional and unique courses of study. Because of the scope of our offerings, Wake Forest JD students not only develop a strong legal foundation, but they also have the ability to study topics that are most important to them and their future careers. Experiencing the law at work is a fundamental characteristic of a Wake Forest education and it is one that begins during the very first semester of law school with pro bono service. Clinics, law journals, numerous student organizations, and externships options throughout the country allows each and every JD student the opportunity to integrate meaningful hands-on experiences into the classroom curriculum. Wake Forest classes are intentionally small and designed to cultivate a collegially competitive environment where faculty can challenge each student in a personalized and approachable way.

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
Our SJD degree is a highly selective, non-course directed program that allows students to conduct scholarly research for the purpose of producing a publishable dissertation that uniquely contributes to a specific area of law. This program is available to international LLM degree-holders who want to pursue academic or high-ranking careers in countries outside the U.S.

International Programs
Wake Forest School of Law has offered degree programs to students and researchers from all over the world. Our academic and degree programs allow international students to cultivate their knowledge and expertise in a community rich with opportunities for connecting with peers and world-renowned faculty.

Master of Laws (LLM): The LLM degree program is designed for foreign-trained attorneys who want to advance their career through intensive legal study in the U.S. Students can pursue a general course of study or craft their own by selecting courses that align with a preferred specialty.

Doctor of Juridical Science: The SJD degree program is a highly selective, non-course directed program designed for LLM-degree holders who want to conduct scholarly research for the purpose of producing a publishable dissertation that uniquely contributes to a specific area of law.

Two-year JD: The Two-Year JD is offered to international lawyers who received their legal education outside the U.S. Students are integrated into Wake Forest’s standard JD curriculum and can transfer up to 30 hours of credit from previous legal studies toward their JD degree.

Professional Center Library

The Professional Center Library is a dynamic learning center dedicated to serving the needs of today’s student. The Library provides in-depth resources for research and study. Located in the center wing of the Worrell Professional Center, the library serves as a focal point for interaction between students and faculty.  Students can use many of the information resources that they will encounter in their professional careers. The Wake Forest University Professional Center Library is a private academic library that exists to support the educational and research needs of the faculty, students and staff of the School of Law.

Secondarily, it is intended for the use of other members of the Wake Forest University community. For information regarding Circulation of materials, please inquire at the Service Desk. More Information for Attorneys and Wake Forest Alumni.

The library staff is not available for legal advice or legal service to anyone. If you require legal assistance, please contact the North Carolina Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service. For referrals by phone, call (800) 662-7660 in North Carolina; (919) 677-8754

Any person entering the library may be asked to show proper identification in order to use the library.


Wake Forest University School of Law
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: +1 336-758-5430

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