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Welcome, Classes of 2012 and 2013!

On Wed., Aug. 12, the Columbus School of Law welcomed the classes of 2012 and 2013 to the proud ranks of the CUA law school community. Students braved their way through seemingly endless forms, lines and flashing cameras before beginning their week of introductory classes.

They represent a geographically diverse class with students hailing from 31 states, the District of Columbia, and 11 foreign countries (Brazil, India, China, Bulgaria, Croatia, Japan, Mongolia, England, Korea, Russia and Costa Rica). Additionally, many of our students were born in and/or have lived for a significant period of time in a foreign country. Those countries include Iraq, India, Taiwan, Russia, Brazil, China, Japan, Scotland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Korea, Costa Rica, Philippines, Bosnia and Ukraine. Combined, students speak more than 20 languages proficiently.

Twenty three percent of our newest legal professionals self identified as members of a recognized minority group. Graduates represent 144 colleges and universities, 36 have advanced degrees, including six PhDs. Combined they represent 43 different majors. Eight students have served in branches of the armed forces. This class clearly brings together a rich variety of experiences, backgrounds and ambitions.

The members of the classes of 2012 and 2013 stand ready to make a difference not just in this community, not just in this nation, but in the world. Looking at the different paths these men and women have travelled on their way to CUA Law is an overwhelming and humbling experience. One student's path began with a promise to a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. Another arrived here after experiencing ethnic conflict first-hand. Students have been motivated to bring a law degree to their already meaningful careers working for international aid and development; one has managed programs training farmers in central America, another assisted in the accession of a third-world country to the World Trade Organization.

Whatever their background, or reason for pursuing the law, we are excited to be a part of the journey for these men and women, and we look forward to their contributions to our legal community.