Welcome Jurist Academy students!
Public Relations - Published: May 29, 2014
The School of Law is pleased to welcome the 2014 summer Jurist Academy classes to both law campuses.

The Delaware program, now in its seventh year, runs May 27 through June 6. Assistant Professor of Legal Methods Sydney Howe-Barksdale, who also directs the Delaware campus Public Interest Resource Center, coordinates the Jurist Academy program. This year, 15 students from undergraduate programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Alabama and New York are participating.

The Harrisburg program, now in its fourth year, runs June 2 through 13.  Starla Williams, director of multicultural affairs, pro bono activities and externships coordinates that Jurist Academy program. This year 10 students, all hailing from Pennsylvania colleges and universities, are participating.

The Jurist Academy is a law school immersion program designed for students who come from backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in the legal profession. The two-week experience includes LSAT prep classes, mini- law school courses and practice exams. Students also take field trips and hear from speakers on topics ranging from law school admissions to financial aid to succeeding in school to how lawyers can be leaders through civic engagement.

This summer’s Delaware class will visit the Court of Common Pleas at Philadelphia City Hall and the Richards Layton & Finger firm in Wilmington. The students will present oral arguments before attorneys from Skadden Arps on the final day of the program. The Harrisburg class will visit U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Serratelli, Schiffman & Brown, P.C. firm. in Harrisburg.

“Jurist Academy students have consistently reported to us over the life of this program that the experience has been a valuable investment of their time. We open their eyes to the rigors of law school and the rewards of a legal career,” Howe-Barksdale said.

“We look forward to welcoming the 2014 Jurist Academy class. The students are enthusiastic, and their promising credentials will make them exceptional candidates for law school admission in the next few years. We hope that this immersion experience will make Widener Law their first choice.”

The law school is grateful for financial support of this program from:

The Multicultural Lawyers Section of the Delaware State Bar Association
Ballard Spahr LLP
Morris James LLP
Richards Layton & Finger, P.A.
Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Central Penn College
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
The Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Harrisburg Black Attorneys Association of the Keystone Bar Association
and individuals