Orientation Highlighted by Visits with Alumni, Community Service Project
The College of Law’s J.D. Class of 2019 and LL.M. Class of 2017 recently concluded their four-day orientation program to prepare them for law school and their careers after graduation.
Orientation officially began with an Opening Convocation ceremony in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom. Dean Craig M. Boise welcomed the students and Keisha Audain-Pressley L’00, Senior Vice President & Senior Compliance Officer at PIMCO, delivered the Convocation address.
College of Law alumni participated in a networking reception and break-out sessions with the students to discuss various legal education career paths and to make the students part of the College of Law family. This included a welcome from Carey Ng L’02, Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office and President of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association.
“My favorite part was talking to the alumni. They gave us great insight into how to prepare for school and get acquainted with everything and gave us a good insight on what’s out there after Syracuse Law and how many people we have to connect with when we move forward,” said Amy Johnson 1L.
During Orientation, students experienced a number of interactions with College of Law faculty and staff geared toward making their transition to the College as smooth as possible. The programs included a faculty panel discussion and presentations on what to expect in law school and how to be prepared to meet expectations inside and outside the classroom.
Helping guide the new students was a team of 19 College of Law student mentors who met with the students in smaller groups and answered questions about being a College of Law classmate.
“The mentor groups were a great way to make a large class smaller and get to meet people on a personal level. I liked how they mixed up the groups so you met even more people,” said Sam Buchbauer 1L.
The program concluded with a community service project, where all the incoming students and student mentors were joined by Dean Boise and staff to harvest crops at the Matthew 25 Farm in Tully. The group harvested more than 5,000 pounds of corn, onions, beans, potatoes and other vegetables that were distributed to a number of regional food pantries.
“The pro bono concept of being a lawyer is a priority for the College of Law and this is a great way to introduce 1L students to this,” said Buchbauer.
Summing up Orientation, Johnson explained, “They did a great job getting us acquainted with each other and law school and how it’s going to work and I think I speak for everyone that we’re a lot less nervous when we jump into class.”