Incoming law students were provided valuable advice and life lessons this week during ceremonies that welcomed and encouraged them, and set the stage for what is expected of them.
“Law school is not college anymore,” alumnus Vincent Champion ’01, a member of the Board of Overseers, told the incoming Harrisburg-campus class. “You’ve got to push yourself beyond what you think you’re capable of if you’re going to be successful.”
Law Dean Linda L. Ammons told the students she hoped they would work hard, so in three or four years she can congratulate them at graduation.“This is the first day of you legal career, and I mean that seriously,” she said. “You will and should find that this experience is different from any other academic endeavor you have undertaken. Law school is rigorous. You cannot be successful here if you do not treat this wonderful opportunity you have been given like you would if you were at a very important job.”
The Delaware campus hosted its welcome event on Monday under a tent on the campus lawn. Speakers included Judge Vivian L. Rapposelli ’93 of the Delaware Superior Court, Widener Law Alumni Association President Renae Axelrod ’91, Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs Susan Goldberg and Student Bar Association President Liya Groysman.
Rapposelli said her three years at Widener were among the most significant of her life.
“You will become a professional. The bar is higher now,” she said. “My hope for you is that you will do it skillfully and you will do it well.”
Harrisburg welcomed its new students on Tuesday in the administration building. Speakers included Ammons, Champion and Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer.“When clients come to you, they will be placing their fates in your hands and their faith in your abilities,” Cohn Jubelirer said. “Now is the time to develop the discipline of a lawyer. I wish you great success.”
Rapposelli and Cohn Jubelirer both administered an affirmation of professionalism during the welcome events. Through the affirmation, students promised to do their utmost to live up to the high ideals of their chosen profession and to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty and ethical practice.“Welcome to law school and the Widener family,” Ammons said. “Good luck and go get ‘em!”