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New JD and LLM Students Join USF

August 29, 2012

A new JD class of 186 full-time and 34 part-time students began classes this month. The entering class, composed of 53 percent women and 46 percent students of color, are joined by 15 LLM students from 12 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, and Colombia.

JD students and Professor Alice Kaswan volunteer at the AIDS Memorial Grove.

“We have a tremendous entering class—academically excellent, passionate about their reasons for coming to the law school, and incredibly diverse,” Dean Jeffrey Brand said. “When I spoke to the new class at orientation, I was moved as I looked out at them from the podium. The centennial entering class, a reflection of how far we’ve come in a century but also a reminder that they are what USF law students have always been: motivated to be great lawyers who can make a difference.”

New students participated in orientation the week of Aug. 13. Orientation included an information fair, an introduction to tort law, and an overview of legal research, writing, and analysis. Foreign-trained LLM students began the American Legal System I class.

The week culminated in the Law In Motion Service Saturday. About 85 students volunteered at Presidio Hills with the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy, the San Francisco Food Bank, Project Open Hand, Glide Memorial, and the AIDS Memorial Grove.

“The LIM day is a great way to start the year,” said Professor Alice Kaswan who participated in the event. “Before hitting the books, incoming students had the pleasure of making a tangible contribution at the AIDs Memorial Grove—and enjoyed getting to know each other while clipping and digging.”