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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

As will be evident from even a quick review of the stories in this issue, the Law School's international orientation continues to grow rapidly. This year, more than 13% of our J.D. students hail from other countries, and we welcomed 47 new LL.M. students and 14 Humphrey Fellows from around the world. We launched a new, specialized LL.M. in Law and Business to provide foreign business lawyers with a rigorous business law experience. Neha Jain, an Indian national with a research focus on international criminal law, joined our community of tenure-line faculty from other countries.

But these numbers only scratch the surface of the Law School's internationalization. More and more, our faculty engage in international and comparative law research; courses with an international focus continue to grow in number and depth; conferences and institutes attract an ever-increasing number of international participants; and faculty, students, and alumni cross borders with growing frequency and ease.

"Globalization" is an overused catchword, but it's also a reality. Excellence in legal education and internationalization—of the faculty, curriculum, and student body—go hand in hand.

As we internationalize, we hope to deepen our connections with our international alumni. Just a few weeks ago, nine LL.M. alumni from countries as diverse as China, Russia, Mexico, and France returned to the Law School for a 10th reunion event. We hope all of you will visit when you can, keep us posted on what you are doing, and share your suggestions for the future course of the Law School.

David Wippman
Dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law