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Dean's Message

Dean's Message

The new semester has launched with its usual activity and excitement. The 260 students in the class of 2013 bring the strongest academic credentials of any entering class in the Law School’s 122-year history. More than that, they are a wonderfully interesting and diverse group. Among them are business owners and entrepreneurs, campaign staff, journalists and published authors, government employees with top security clearances, chemical engineers, English majors, team captains in multiple sports, four Eagle Scouts, two Girl Scout Gold Award holders, a paratrooper, a tennis coach, a filmmaker, a chess instructor, a power lifter, a black belt in karate, and a Broadway actor, to mention just a few. And we have a remarkable assortment of dancers, singers, and musicians, which bodes well for future Theatre of the Relatively Talentless (TORT) productions.

The new J.D. students are joined by 31 talented LL.M. students from 18 different countries and by 12 Hubert H. Humphrey Law and Human Rights Fellows, mid-career professionals from around the world who are spending a year here studying U.S. law.

Meanwhile, our 2L and 3L students are back and busy with Law Council elections, on-campus interviews, our five student-edited journals, externships, research assistantships, local and national political campaigns, student governance and, in their spare time, classes.

At the center of all this student activity stands a world-class faculty, which this year has gotten stronger than ever. Two outstanding new professors have joined our ranks: Antony Duff, perhaps the world’s leading philosopher of the criminal law, and Hari Osofsky, a rising star in international environmental law. The level of intellectual discourse at the Law School has never been higher. We hope you will find an occasion to visit a class, sit in on a symposium or public lecture, or just wander the halls and see how much is happening here.

You will find we have much to celebrate, even as budget cuts and law firm hiring constraints challenge us to find new sources of revenue and innovative ways to place our graduates. As always, we welcome your advice and support.

David Wippman, Dean