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    08.20.15 New Students Welcomed at Annual Convocation Ceremony
    Convocation 2015

    Brooklyn Law School welcomed a new entering class of more than 400 students at the annual Convocation Ceremony on Aug. 18. The event kicked off in the Law School   courtyard, where new students, faculty, and staff assembled and then processed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Cadman Plaza.

    In the Ceremonial Courtroom, Vice Dean and Professor William Araiza served as master of ceremonies for a program that featured remarks from Myra Din ‘16; Jonathan Soto ’16; Hon. Claire Kelly ’93, Judge of the United States Court of International Trade and adjunct professor at the Law School; and John L. Rudikoff ’06, General Counsel for MASS Design Group. President and Dean Nick Allard concluded the ceremony with words of inspiration for the new students and even performed a special rendition of Cole Porter’s “Experiment.”

    “Every one of our new students has chosen to become lawyers at a critically pivotal moment in history, and the need for new aspiring lawyers to fulfill both the dual private and public roles lawyers in the 21st century has never been greater,” Allard said. “This is a time when we observe many epic reminders of the role that law plays in saving mankind from its worst nightmares and how it helps us reach our dreams.”

    Selected from nearly 3,400 applicants, the class is distributed across the Law School’s flexible program options:

    * 28 in the accelerated 2-Year J.D. Program
    * 329 in the standard 3-Year J.D. Program
    * 43 in the extended 3.5-, 4-, or 4.5-Year J.D. Program
    * In addition to the 400 new J.D. candidates, the Law School also welcomed 21 new LL.M. students from 16 countries including Australia, Brazil, China, Kenya, Pakistan, and Ukraine

    The new students represent a wide spectrum of backgrounds and demographics:

    * They hail from 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five foreign countries.
    * They are fluent in 39 languages and dialects other than English, from Cantonese to Serbian to Urdu – with 45 students speaking at least three languages.
    * Their birthplaces span five continents and 33 countries.
    * They range in age from 20 to 54, with an average age of 25.

    The new students studied at 189 colleges and universities, pursuing 66 different academic majors, with nearly three dozen having completed an M.A., MBA, CPA, LL.M., or MSW.

    They are an entrepreneurial group, with many already having created their own companies, including a company dedicated to educating the public about the potential of Bitcoin through software analytics and ASIC technology, and a production company that presented more than 70 productions for stage, film, and television

    Their commitment to public service includes work with the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teenagers and young adults; an organization providing inmates in a maximum-security federal penitentiary with a wider selection of education materials; and a fundraising campaign for disability groups for which a new student bicycled 4,200 miles from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

    “This year’s incoming class represents astonishing diversity, talent, experience, and dedication to community,” Allard said. “Every one of our admitted students has the ability, experience, and motivation necessary to succeed in Law School, pass the bar, and become an excellent lawyer.”