“During my years of practice, I developed an interest in transactional advising and I thought that I would not limit myself to courtroom litigation,” says Wisdom Nash Kwame Adjei, University of Arizona Law 2022 International Trade and Business Law (ITBL) LLM grad, of his time as an associate in a private law firm in Ghana, West Africa.
Adjei’s interest in transactional advising drove him to search for business related programs at law schools across the United States that aligned with his future career plans.
“As I read more about the University of Arizona, I thought it was the best fit for me. So, I applied and luckily got in,” he says.
Adjei says learning about the University of Arizona Law’s impressive faculty was a leading factor in his decision to attend and now one of the best features of his experience here.
“The fact that professors have time to have one-on-one time with you and guide you on any difficulties that you may be having,” he says. “They are very wonderful professors that I have met during my time here, and I will miss them because of their guidance and constant advice”.
Adjei says professors were not only accessible and supportive while at school, but were also very involved in making international students, like him, feel more comfortable and at home.
“Initially I didn’t know how I would cope with an entirely new environment, new culture and new people but they helped me, and I was able to settle in much quicker than I could have thought,” he says. “I am grateful to them, and I will miss that aspect of hospitality and their eagerness to help.”
He noted that along with faculty, students at University of Arizona Law also enhanced his experience and will be on the list of things he will miss.
“I will miss the people. Arizona Law as I have come to know it, is a big, united family where everyone is looking out for one another,” he says. “I am proud of being part of a system like that and very grateful.”
After graduation, Adjei will return to Ghana where he will broaden the scope of his practice to do more transactional advising. He says his time in the ITBL LLM program has opened his mind to the dynamics of international law and provided him with the skills to help contribute to his country’s growing global presence.
“I want to put my expertise at the disposal of those who need it,” says Adjei. “I want to advise business owners and people who are trying to set up their businesses, help people and help develop businesses, so that I am contributing to the development of the economy in my own small way.”