Annual DiscoverLaw Visit Day for high school students
The Office of Admissions at Valparaiso Law School welcomed students from local community public schools to campus on Friday, February 15 as part of our continuing commitment to diversity.
Every year, the Law School partners with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)’s DiscoverLaw.org Months: Diversity Outreach for High School and Early College Students initiative targeted towards students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the legal profession. This event brings students to campus to interest them in a legal career, provide a law school experience, and information on how to prepare to apply to law school in the future.
Last Friday, 29 students and staff from Merrillville, East Chicago and Michigan City public schools participated in events that included mini presentations by faculty and staff of the law school, a Q&A panel with current law students, and informal discussions with law faculty, alumni and law students during a sit-down lunch. The visit day raises awareness of the opportunity that exists for all students – with the right information, advice, planning, and hard work – to pursue a successful career in law. It is especially important that, as early as possible in their academic life, minority youth are encouraged in the pursuit of their goals, and provided with the same mentoring and positive reinforcement that others who successfully traveled this road before them received.
Under the coaching of Professor Derrick Carter and recent graduates, the students engaged in negotiations on the issues of gun control and violent video games.
Student volunteers for the Law Student Q&A Panel were 3Ls Ebonee Dawson and Darnell DeCausey; 2Ls Cecilia Lopez, Valerie Johnson, Olivia Robinson, Judene Hylton, Eric Tucker, Saba Uddin, Andrew Ramirez and Dominko Rumph; and 1L Alfredo Estrada. Professor Rosalie Levinson, Director Robyn Rucker, Attorney Roxanne Mendez Johnson, and alumni Carla Morgan (‘06) and McStephen Solomon (’12) joined the students for lunch.
The contribution of our faculty, staff, alumni and current students is critical to the success of this annual event. Every year, their evaluation forms rate talking to faculty, alumni and current law students, in particular, the highest and this year the students rated participation in the negotiations class equally high. The students found the day to be very informative, and a vast majority (88%) said the event had increased their interest in attending law school.
Career Chat with Justice Sullivan
Friday, March 1, 9:00 a.m., Career Planning Center
All students are welcome to stop by the Career Planning Center for informal conversation with Justice Sullivan. Justice Sullivan is going to be sharing about his career and will be answering any questions you may have about your job search and working/clerking for the Judiciary.
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Wesemann Café Menu 2/25 – 3/3: Wesemann Cafe Menu