Lincoln University Undergraduates Learn About Law School
Web Editor - Published: February 9, 2011
On Tuesday, February 8th, eight students from the Thurgood Marshall Law Society at Lincoln University visited Widener Law’s Delaware campus to get a an early taste of law school and to learn about the admissions process.

Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Serena Williams offered a welcome and gave the students a primer on four important areas in which to prepare themselves before coming to law school. While she stressed academic preparation as an obvious requirement, she also told them to prepare themselves financially, to make sure that they did nothing to jeopardize their character and fitness to attend law school and sit for the bar exam, and to make sure that they had their personal lives in order.

Next, the students enjoyed a short mock law school class taught by Professor Nathaniel Nichols, Widener Law’s Director of Clinical Programs. He presented the students with a hypothetical property dispute in which one person tries to sell a bike to another only to have a third person claim that the bike belongs to them. He asked them to advocate for both sides, and said, “Sometimes the situation is not clear – it’s relative. It is in dispute. The law is a about people.”

Professor Nichols closed by encouraging the students to “Learn from somebody else’s experience. Take advantage of this opportunity.”

Public Interest Resource Center Director Dr. Sydney Howe-Barksdale then spoke to the students about what it takes to succeed in law school, informing the students that “The competition is steep,” and “You have to do a lot serious writing to do well in law school.”

Admissions Counselor Ana del Puerto, who coordinated the event, briefly spoke to the students about the Admissions process. The visiting students then enjoyed the opportunity to speak with four current students while they had lunch. Their visit ended with a tour of the campus.