11.14.2012

Regent Hosts Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference

The decision to attend law school is not one to be taken lightly.

In an effort to serve local community members interested in legal education, Regent University School of Law recently hosted the Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference, held by the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

With 88 students in attendance, the day featured first-hand accounts from attorneys, law students and law professors, all designed to expose college and high school students to law school and legal career opportunities.

"The Virginia State Bar hosts the Minority Pre-Law Conference because we wish to expose students to all aspects of law school and educate them about opportunities in the legal profession with the goal of diversifying the legal profession," explained Edwin Wu, co-chair of the conference and adjunct professor at Norfolk State University. "With an ever-growing diverse population, the need for diversity in the legal profession has become even more important."

The day included a number of workshops and informational sessions, including a Law School Fair, featuring information and representatives from law schools nationwide. The day also included a mock law class led by Regent Law Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Academic Success Gloria Whittico.

The conference also featured a keynote address by the Honorable Bonnie L. Jones, a presiding judge with the eighth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

Students from Regent's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) were on hand to talk to attendees and help them understand the process of applying for and attending law school.

"Many students attended not believing they could attend law school because they felt under qualified,” said first-year Regent Law student and BLSA member Philip Pinckney.

“But college students had a chance to talk with current law students like myself who shared their educational and cultural backgrounds in many respects. They began to see the possibility of themselves attending law school successfully."

Meet members of the Regent University School of Law academic community.