Diversity Outreach Event Offers High School Students a Look at Law School
Web Editor - Published: March 15, 2012
On Thursday, March 15th, Widener Law’s Admissions office hosted students from three local high schools as part of a diversity outreach program sponsored by DiscoverLaw.org, an initiative of Law School Admissions Council. The high school students in attendance came from Springfield High in Springfield, Pennsylvania; Mastery Charter High School in Philadelphia; and William Penn High School in New Castle, Delaware.

Following a continental breakfast and a welcome from Assistant Dean for Admissions Barbara Ayars, Multicultutral Affairs Officer Tory Riddle – who coordinated the event – gave a short presentation titled “What is a Lawyer Anyway?” in which he asked the students what they believed a lawyer was before offering an overview of the many sorts of careers pursued by recognizable individuals with law degrees from the President of the United States to television personality Star Jones.

Riddle also had the students participate in a trivia game about law school by using their cell phones to text multiple choice answers in. The quiz asked questions such as what degree a student earns for completing a traditional legal education or what items are necessary for law school admission.

The participating students were also treated to a mock tort law class in which Associate Professor Kathleen Turezyn walked them through the famous Garratt v. Dailey case, which illustrates the principle of "intent" for intentional torts. The students then heard from Associate Professor Andre Smith, who talked about Law and the Entertainment Industry, and Legal Education Institute Special Projects Coordinator Erin Rybicki who spoke about paralegal programs.

The students then enjoyed lunch while hearing from current law students about the law school experience. Dean Linda L. Ammons also offered a few remarks encouraging the high school students in the audience to consider law school.