School of Law welcomes first-year law students

Law students take oath
Incoming law students take a professional oath during Orientation held Aug. 16-17

Aug. 19, 2013 - Law school is an adventure like no other.

That was one of the observations shared with incoming students at the School of Law Orientation Aug. 16-17. The 85-member class, along with Orientation advisers, faculty and administrators, gathered for the two-day Orientation in the School of Law Center.

Orientation kicked off on Friday morning with a breakfast with peer mentors and a formal welcome from faculty and administrators.

Dean Jennifer Gerarda Brown welcomed the class, emphasizing the law school's strong community. Brown said she shared the first-year students' sense of anticipation as well as some jitters. "I'm a first year also," said Brown, a long-time faculty member who was appointed dean July 1. "I'm curious to see what we're going to create here together."

Alexander Meiklejohn, professor of law, led an interactive exercise to give students a taste of a first-year law class. He provided examples of three cases and asked students to volunteer their ideas about how to apply legal concepts from the rulings in the cases.

Ed Wilkes, associate vice president and dean of law admissions, also welcomed the first-year students, calling them "a bright and fascinating group of individuals." He shared words of advice and offered an overview of the class, highlighting the diverse academic backgrounds, geography, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and life and work experience that the incoming students bring to Quinnipiac.

"There are musicians, artists, actors and athletes; political aides and teachers; journalists and environmentalists; bankers and business owners; engineers and scientists," Wilkes said.

Collectively, the class speaks 15 languages and dialects and has travelled, worked or studied abroad in 15 different countries. The 35 academic majors in the class range from traditional fields for pre-law, including political science, history and English, to others such as accounting, theater, geology, sociology and marketing.

One member of the Class of 2016 produced commercials and a feature film before coming to law school. Another served in the U.S. Navy for nine years as a language analyst. The class also includes a 22-year firefighter, a Peace Corps volunteer and an interpretive planning researcher for an art museum.

Friday's schedule also included a panel on succeeding financially as a student and a question-and-answer session with School of Law alumni. The day concluded with a welcome from the dean followed by a reception.

On Saturday, events included sessions on School of Law policies, strategies for academic success and the professional oath led by the Honorable Maureen Murphy '86 of the Superior Court of Connecticut. The agenda also featured a session for friends and families of first-year law students.

Orientation concluded with a picnic for students and their families.

View more photos from Orientation on our Facebook page.