Area High School Students Get a Taste of Law School
Web Editor - Published: March 19, 2013
On Wednesday, March 13th, Multicultural Affairs Officer Troy Riddle welcomed students from Springfield High School in Delaware County, Pennsylvania and Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware for an outreach program sponsored by DiscoverLaw.org, an initiative of the Law School Admissions Council.

Riddle gave an overview of law school, the admissions process, and the legal profession using a trivia game that allowed the students to use their cell phones to text multiple-choice answers in. The quiz asked questions such as what degree a student earns for completing a law school curriculum or what items are necessary for law school admission.

The participants were then treated to a simulated property law class taught by Professor Serena Williams, who walked them through the facts of a case in which a landlord was sued for discrimination but argued that he did not deny the plaintiff’s rental application based upon any protected class status but rather because her background as a lawyer might make her a troublesome tenant. The students were then asked to apply what they learned to a series of hypothetical cases.

The students also heard from Legal Education Institute Assistant Director Erin Rybicki about the paralegal program and the opportunities and career paths open to students who pursued a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, including the possibility of continuing on to law school.

The program concluded with a lunch during which the students were able to speak with Professor Williams and Riddle and ask any questions that they had about law school, the admissions process, or Widener Law’s programs.

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