Professor Edwards had meetings / presentations at 3 U.S. Embassies and 1 U.S. Consulate in Africa, sharing information with EducationUSA Advisers who are responsible for providing information to local students about studying in the U.S. He also met students, law teachers, advisors, judges, and other legal professionals.
US Embassy - Dakar, Senegal
At the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Professor Edwards presented an extensive powerpoint to Mr. Adama Dieng, who is the EducationUSA Advisor based at the Embassy. During this presentation, they meticulously discussed the pros and cons of doing a law degree in the U.S., how to get admitted and be successful in a U.S. law school program, and how to get appropriate and sufficient funding for the U.S. educational experience. Mr. Dieng operates the Embassy’s EducationUSA Advising Center that Senegalese students may visit to learn about study opportunities in the U.S., and he shares information such as this with student advisees.
When Professor Edwards walked into the Embassy, he was met by Mr. Dieng who was carrying a copy of Professor Edwards' book LL.M. Roadmap: An International Student's Guide to U.S. Law School Programs. Professor Edwards said "I was thrilled that Mr. Dieng had a copy of LL.M. Roadmap in the Embassy's EducationUSA Advising Center Library. That is further demonstration of the seriousness nature of the interest of Senegal students in studying law in the U.S., and the serious nature of the resources that Mr. Dieng makes available to students. It's flattering that the Embassy bought my book. But what is more important is that information sources are being made available to students from Senegal who want to study law in the U.S.".
While at the Embassy, Professor Edwards also met Ms. Fatou Kine Kiakhate, who is the Embassy’s Exchange Program Specialist. Furthermore, he met Robert Post, the Embassy’s Public Affairs Officer.
Video Conferencing about U.S. legal study
Professor Edwards agreed to participate in video-conferences (DVCs) with students, law professors, career counsellors, and others interested in the study of law in the U.S. Professor Edwards said “I can be in a classroom in Indiana and present to students in Senegal. My students and staff in Indiana can join us on our end, just as advisors, professor and even parents can join the video conversation on the Senegal side. I look forward to our video conferences about how students from Senegal can study law in the U.S.”
Professor Edwards said “I have not met too many Senegalese law students in the U.S. I believe that there are many opportunities for more students from Senegal to come to the U.S. for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree program. Mr. Dieng and others I met at the Embassy in Dakar are a testament to the many resources available to students from Senegal who have an interest in U.S. study.”
Thanks to Mr. Adama Dieng from the U.S. Embassy - Dakar for providing this opportunity to share. Thanks also to Ms. Clara Priester & Ms. Nancy Keteku, both of whom have responsibilities for EducationUSA in different African countries. Thanks also to Mr. Post and Ms. Kiakhate from the U.S. Embassy - Dakar.