HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. —
This fall, Hofstra Law School welcomed a significant number of new international students, including 23 who are enrolled in its Juris Doctor class of 2014. These students, who represent approximately 6 percent of the current 1L class, are from a wide range of countries, including Canada, China, Haiti, Nepal and the Republic of Korea.
This is the second year in a row that we are attracting a sizable number of students from abroad, and it represents our thriving international reputation,” said Jeffrey A. Dodge, assistant dean for global initiatives & multicultural affairs
. “As the practice of law becomes more global, Hofstra Law will continue to expand our programs to reach international students who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of American law or who want to practice in the United States.
In addition, a record number of international students have enrolled in Hofstra Law’s LL.M. program in American Legal Studies for the 2011-2012 school year. The 15 LL.M. students hail from 11 countries including Brazil, China, India, Israel, the Philippines and Zimbabwe. This year’s LL.M. class also has three students from Afghanistan who are attending Hofstra Law on full scholarships through the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan. Launched in December 2007, this program is an opportunity for America’s legal community to support the development of the rule of law in Afghanistan.
Hofstra Law is attractive to international students for several reasons, including its proximity to the world’s leading legal market in New York City, a diverse student body and highly accomplished faculty,” said Tolulope Akinsanya 2L, who holds a B.A. degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. “Upon graduation from law school, I hope to remain in New York and work in litigation. Hofstra Law has exceeded my expectations thus far, and I am confident my degree will prepare me to work in an increasingly globalized legal market.
In addition to the international diversity among its student body, Hofstra Law has been increasing international opportunities for all students through exchange programs, new study abroad opportunities and a new global legal externship program. This year, eight exchange students from Belgium, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands are studying at Hofstra Law. In the spring of 2012, Hofstra Law will offer a new study abroad program in Ecuador through which students will travel to Otavalo for eight days to study environmental law.
Our focus on stepping up worldwide recruitment and increasing our collaboration with the international legal community has contributed to this jump in international student enrollment,” added Dodge. “In turn, we hope these achievements will enhance our reputation as a destination campus for international students.
This past summer, Hofstra Law launched its global legal externship program, through which 16 students worked in Sydney, Dublin, London, Rome and Florence. Next year the program will be expanded to include locations in Africa and Asia.
Practicing lawyers represent both corporate and personal clients who are crossing boundaries, and Hofstra Law is preparing its students to address these issues in multiple venues, both in the United States and abroad,” said Dodge.