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Shehn Datta, 27, will earn her degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012. She is originally from Berkeley, California, and will graduate with an area of focus in International Law.

Datta chose Oregon Law for her legal education because of the sense of community and its support structure. While attending the university, she found that the faculty and her fellow students were most inspiring along her busy journey.

“The most challenging experience I’ve had while earning my degree has been learning to balance my academics, extracurricular activities, and social life.”

Datta participated in the following extracurricular activities while at Oregon Law: Conference Coordinator for Oregon Review of International Law; Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competitor; Vice President of Student Bar Association; Member of Dean’s Student Advisory Committee; Member of Faculty Diversity Committee; Producer of Full Disclosure Radio Show; Clerk of Phi Alpha Delta; and Member of Minority Law Students Association.

Earning a degree from the University of Oregon School of Law is a great achievement. The law school is part of one of the nation’s leading research universities and, based on reputation, is the top ranked school in the state of Oregon, and the second in the Pacific Northwest. The law school also has four nationally top- ranked specialty programs in which students learn and prosper from the highly qualified faculty that work within them. Oregon Law lets students thrive in its close-knit community and encourages students to make the school their second home.

“My proudest accomplishment while at Oregon Law is Professor [Michael] Fakhri saying he was proud of me for having a huge break in my writing composition.”

Datta recognizes that earning her degree from Oregon Law has given her the skills necessary to pursuing a career in public service and advocacy. Her experience has introduced her not only to areas of focus and service for which she is passionate, but to people who can help her achieve her goals as well.

After graduation, Datta plans to pursue a career in refugee advocacy or international development work.

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