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Bander Almohammadi Goes to Law School

For the final of Lawyering Skills II, Bander Almohammadi made a ten-minute oral argument based on a case of intentional infliction of emotional distress.  When the international student from Saudi Arabia thinks about how far he has come since he entered the Applied English Center in fall 2014, he marvels at the knowledge he has acquired.

He began taking law classes in his second year at KU. The American criminal law system was a mystery to him. He describes his first semester as a full-time student like “pulling teeth” to learn how to read cases, identify and analyze the issues and apply the facts. Equipped with those legal skills, he will advance in the fall to the SJ.D. program. Before the Lawyering Skills classes that all LL.M. in American Legal Studies students take, Almohammadi did not know how to write a memo, a demand letter or a brief, or how to mediate and cite. He credits the AEC for helping him improve his language ability and is grateful for the support he has found at the School of Law.

Almohammadi earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Islam University in Medinah. He wanted to attend law school in the United States and chose KU because of the successful people he knew who had gone there. After completing his degree focusing on international trade under the guidance of Rice Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala, he will be a law professor when he returns home.

“I have an obligation to KU. It improved my life,” he said. As a member of the Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council, he will help the School of Law continue to create a diverse learning environment. His university involvement extends outside the law school. He is the incoming president of the Saudi Arabia Student Association and served as the president of Global Partners this year.

Read Almohammadi's thoughts about building bridges among cultures in the April Kansas Bar Association Journal.

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