“I envy each and every one of you in the journey you are about to begin as a law student. This is a wonderfully interesting, intellectually rich and rewarding experience and I encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities the deep and broad study of the law affords. You will engage with complex issues in your readings and your class discussion. And I want to stress to you that the issues you study and chew over relentlessly really matter. The study of law is the study of the structure and contents of rules and institutions which foster a civilized society.” — Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez, from his address welcoming new students to Northwestern Law. (A .pdf version of the address can be downloaded from this link.)
Dean Rodriguez welcomed new students to the Master of Science in Law (MSL) program. This year’s entering MSL class—the second class of this new program—is 50 students strong; students have diverse professional backgrounds, from neurobiologists to mechanical engineers, chemists, and information technologists.
As an introduction to some of the exciting hands-on work taking place at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Sarah O’Rourke Schrup, director of the Appellate Advocacy Center, along with four alumni, shared their experience of working on Kingsley v. Hendrickson, a case heard by the United States Supreme Court earlier this year. From research, to drafting briefs, to participating in moots, the alumni described the experience as “one of a kind.”
“The study of law is demanding, it’s exciting, it’s grueling, it’s difficult. It’s going to rewire your brain and make you question yourself and the world. And that’s a good thing.” –Student Bar Association President Marco Minichiello, speaking to incoming students as part of yesterday’s opening convocation ceremony. Watch the video:
Today we welcomed over 300 new JD, JD-MBA, JD-PhD, and LLM students to campus with an opening convocation ceremony that included remarks from Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez and president of the Student Bar Association Marco Minichiello (JD expected 2017). Pictured here: Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, administering the Northwestern Law Pledge of Professionalism.
Shannon Bartlett, Director of Diversity Education and Outreach, kicked off the Law School’s 2015 new student orientation by hosting a series of events for diverse students. Shannon leads the Office of Diversity Education and Outreach, which offers support and mentorship for members of underrepresented communities at the Law School. In her talk—pictured above—she discussed Law School life and culture, tools for working through interpersonal challenges, and techniques for building community.
The day’s activities included an introduction to the Socratic Method by Professor Destiny Peery. A graduate of Northwestern Law’s JD-PhD program, she teaches courses on criminal law and race, social science, and the law.