On Monday, May 31st, Widener Law’s Delaware campus opened the Summer 2010 JURIST Academy
, a two-week long summer-camp intended to teach minority undergraduates about the law and encourage them to pursue a legal education. Now in it’s third year, the program hosts students entering their junior or senior year of college.
This year’s program, which runs until June 11th includes a visit to Philadelphia on June 4th that will see the students witness a capital homicide case and tour the Office of the District Attorney.
The JURIST Academy program offers the students a taste of law school, including a torts class taught by Professor John Culhane, criminal law and legal writing with PIRC Director and JURIST Academy Coordinator Sydney Howe-Barksdale
and Legal Writing Professor Iva Johnson Ferrell
. In addition, the students will enjoy field trips to area law firms, oral advocacy presentations, and an LSAT review and preparation course with Professor Ken Gross. In addition, the students will learn about how to get into law school and how to pay for law school.
Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons
says of the program, “Widener is proud to have advanced beyond the ‘talking’ phase of the need for a more diverse bar and bench, and to have moved into an ‘action’ phase where we are able to demonstrate leadership and a commitment to affecting real change.”