Alumni From Asia
Shuai Shao, China, LL.M., 2012
Thank you for arranging the JD-LL.M. Mentoring Lunch for us. That’s a good way to let all mentees and mentors know each other well. Besides that, all mentors and TAs are sitting around our carrels. Any time I have questions I can get answers immediately. That’s awesome! Awesome LLM program at WAKE!
Bakhytzhan Kussainov, Kazakhstan, LL.M., 2009
Staff Attorney, TengizChevroil Ltd.
I am proud to say that I graduated from Wake Forest School of Law. I want to say that all the courses I studied in the school are useful for me now. The only thing I regret about is there was no time to take more courses.
Shuya Wang, China, LL.M., 2008
Junior Associate, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Everything in Wake Forest is clean and clear, the air, the crystal sky and the beautiful sunshine. Whenever you meet people who have been to Wake Forest before, they will tell you that the Wake Forest campus is very beautiful. You can see it is true when you stroll on the campus. Wake Forest does stand up to its beautiful name.
All of my experience in Wake Forest become good memories, and the friendliness of Wake Forest does make it less difficult for an international student like me to get through the cultural shock and the homesickness. They make Wake Forest a home for us, a new place where we are going to grow and succeed.
Sun Kyoung Kim, Korea, LL.M., 2007
Partner, Yulchon Attorneys at Law
I do not hesitate a moment to say that my life in Wake Forest and Winston-Salem was one of the best of my life.
Yoriko Sakai, Japan, LL.M., 2002
Patent Licensing Attorney, Rovi Corporation
I always remember my WFU life. Though I have two LL.M.s, WFU is always my number 1!
Young Soo Chang, Korea, LL.M., 2004
Senior Manager, International Securities Transactions, Korea Securities Depository
Pursuing LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
One of the good things at Georgetown is that the school offers very diverse securities courses. And, now I understand how good and beautiful WFU is. I have come to know that WFU has developed a very attractive and unique culture in the U.S college community – - small classes, distinguished professors, close relationships with faculty members and students, a beautiful campus, a peaceful & friendly environment, competitive athletes, and a cheap living cost.
Kenichi Kunikane, Japan, LL.M., 2006
Manager, Risk Control & Contract Administration Section, International Division of Taisei Corporation
My best memory of my year at Wake Forest is the many enjoyable, happy, and delicious parties with my colleagues! …How interesting it is to communicate with friends whose native languages are different using a tool: English!
Sung Jae Park, Korea, LL.M., 2004
Public Prosecutor, Ministry of Justice and pursuing an S.J.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
I am proud of graduating from Wake Forest.
Theeraporn Akaraskul, Thailand, LL.M., 2002
Attorney, Anurak Business Law Office
Wake is a good university where you can learn a lot about U.S. law, improve your English, and also have a new, different experience that I received when I studied there.
Su Beom Lee, Korea, LL.M., 2005
Law Clerk, Law Office of P.J. Lee, Los Angeles, Ca.
It was a very nice experience to be accustomed to U.S. law and culture at Wake Forest. Wake gave me several chances to have such as auditing several classes and attending several parties for LL.M. students and their families. I feel these are very strong advantages for Wake’s LL.M.s when compared to others.
Lu Zhang, China, LL.M., 2008
I believe all the courses I have taken at Wake are useful and helpful and I’m so glad I came to Wake, so that I can meet nice professors.
Ryo Kawamura: Tokyo, Japan, LL.M., 1999
Senior Legal Advisor, Legal Department, UBE Industries, Ltd.
I studied American law at WFU from August of 1998 to December of 1999. My wife, Junko, and I had a great time at WFU for that year and a half. I got my LLM degree in December 1999 and moved to New York City for five months to work at a law firm which has a good relationship with my company, Ube Industries. I am back in Tokyo now, and UBE is keeping me busy. UBE has been involved in an Intellectual Property case and a Patent Law case in the U.S., and I’m working with U.S. lawyers. Three lawyers, including two patent attorneys, came to Tokyo for the IP case and had a meeting with us. I took them to our machinery factory in the west part of Japan last week. We had so many meetings with our technical people and investigated a lot of documents. It is exciting legal work.
Wake Forest University’s first Japanese LL.M. alumnus, Ryo Kawamura, maintains a blog about his life after earning a LL.M. degree at WFU. You can find the blog at http://mizufc.cocolog-nifty.com/toeic300/. For an English translation, click here.
Grace Widyani: Jakarta, Indonesia, LL.M., 2005
Assistant Vice President, LNG Project, PT Perusahaan Gas Negara, Persero, Tbk.
“Studying in Wake Forest Law School, having good friends and living in Winston-Salem are the unforgettable beautiful memories in my life. Hopefully someday I can visit Wake Forest and Winston-Salem again!”
Batsukh Enkhbat: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, LL.M., 1999
Vice President – Commercial & Government Affairs, Eznis Airways
The most important thing the LLM program helped me with is not bare legal knowledge and information about American law, but legal skills to think methodically and system-wide. In other words, it’s not the substantive law, but the very process to conduct research, to think of the ways to accomplish a task, to assess the possible ramifications in conjunction with other factors that law professors here seek to focus on that I have most appreciated. I realize my studies at Wake Forest were valuable. Sometimes I feel I’m different in Mongolia now that I’ve seen so many new horizons. My internship in Denver after the LLM program was a great success.
Poravich (Pat) Makornwatana: Bangkok, Thailand, LL.M., 2000
Public Prosecutor attached to the Department of Legal Counsel of the Attorney General of Thailand
I work at the Department of International Affairs, Office of Attorney General in Bangkok. My job concerns extradition cases and legal mutual assistance especially between Thailand and the U.S. Government. Weeks ago, some U.S. prosecutors visited us, seeking cooperation in freezing the assets obtained from money laundering activities in the U.S. The U.S. prosecutors asked questions regarding the Thai criminal procedure, e.g. the protection of suspects during the police investigation. I then gave them my thesis from the Wake Forest LLM Program to consider for the legal basis in our constitution and under other Thai statutory laws. So, I can say that the thesis I’ve done with [WFU] has returned to the U.S. (Dept. Of Justice) before I was able to publish it here.
Joo Young Park: Kwachon, Korea, LL.M., 2002
Deputy Director, Korea Fair Trade Commission
The life as a government officer in South Korea is hard to imagine and I have to be pressed with hard work almost every day. It feels like the life of WFU was just a dream. I really miss that time. When I look back on my LL.M. days in Wake Forest, it was really great and more than I expected.
Hyo Ahn Sung: Seoul, Korea, LL.M., 2001
Representative Director, IntelligenceLink Corporation
Due to the dedication and help of all the faculty members at Wake Forest, I could enlarge my knowledge and experience leading me to various job opportunities. After passing the New York bar exam, I practiced immigration law as an associate in St. Petersburg, Florida, than a chance was given to work for a law firm in Korea as a bilingual attorney.
Komei Takatsu: Tokyo, Japan, LL.M., 2000
Executive Director, Government Affairs and Risk Advisory Group, Nomura Holdings, Inc.
After I finished [the WFU] LLM program this May, I took the New York bar exam in July. After the bar exam, I went back to Japan and I took some interviews with several financial institutions in Tokyo. Fortunately, I found several nice positions with prestigious investment banks. After careful consideration, I chose Nomura Securities. I will work for Nomura’s Debt Market Department as a legal officer. I will mostly engage in legal documentation and negotiations for financial derivatives and structured financial products. I’m going to work with Nomura’s London office and New York office every day, and I have to negotiate with lawyers in London, New York, and Tokyo. Clearly, without my Wake Forest degree, it was impossible for me to take this kind of very prestigious position at such a nice company. I can say that the Japanese financial market highly regarded our LLM degree. Now, I’m quite confident as a Wake Forest alumnus.