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Pre-lawyers visit four law schools in two days

Ohio University’s Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity Chapter sent 24 students Oct. 21-22 to attend law schools across the state. The students spent two days touring law schools, connecting with law students, and speaking with law schools and admissions staff.

Due to COVID-19, this is the first time in two years that this normally annual trip has taken place.

In Columbus, students attended Capital University Law School and Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. During these visits, they met with OHIO grads Olivia Gemarro, a 2L (second-year law student) at Capital, and Lydia Wendel, a 3L (third-year law student) at Ohio State.

Gemarro graduated from Ohio University in 2021 with a dual major in English Creative Writing and Sociology-Criminology, a minor in Political Science, and a College of Arts and Sciences Law, Justice and Culture Certificate. Wendel graduated in 2020 with a pre-law major in political science, a minor in anthropology and a Law, Justice and Culture Certificate from the College of Arts and Sciences.

“I had such a great time meeting and spending time with the latest generation of pre-law Bobcats!” said Wendel Finding Their Ways.

From left: OHIO grads Ellen Gill-Franks, Larry Hayman, Michaela Beatham-Garcia, and Sebastian Johnson.
From left: OHIO grads Ellen Gill-Franks, Larry Hayman, Michaela Beatham-Garcia, and Sebastian Johnson.

On the second day of their trip, the OHIO students visited the University of Cincinnati College of Law and Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon Chase College of Law.

In Cincinnati, students met with freshman law students and OHIO 2022 graduates Ellen Gill-Franks, who earned a BA in English prerogative and sociology-criminology with a Law, Justice and Culture Certificate from the College of Arts and Sciences; Micaela Beatham-Garcia, who graduated in Political Science and Law with a Law, Justice and Culture Certificate from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sebastian Johnson, who majored in Philosophy at Honors Tutorial College.

“It’s wonderful to be able to talk to other Bobcats who have been in my shoes over the last year,” said Beatham-Garcia. “I benefited greatly from speaking to current law students when I was in the middle of the decision-making process, so it was very rewarding to be able to pass that on!”

Beatham-Garcia’s enthusiasm for mentoring was echoed by Gill-Franks: “The students on the trip demonstrated everything a great law student should be: curious, committed and conscientious.”

Ohio University students attend Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law.
Ohio University students attend Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

“Visiting law school is an important part of the law student journey,” said Larry Hayman, Esq., director of legal engagement and the privilege program at OHIO, who accompanied the students on portions of their visit. “It gives students an opportunity to get a sense of what a particular law school is like that they can’t fully grasp by watching a video or researching admissions statistics. At the same time, it shows law schools that a student is genuinely interested in their institution.”

Sarah Bender, Ohio University senior, noted, “The trip to law school was an amazing, insightful experience” and allowed students to “learn not only about each school but also about the application process and what the… Find schools in an applicant”. In addition, students had the opportunity to participate in a mix with Capital law students and a lunchtime discussion with Pierce Reed, director of the Ohio Innocence Project Policy, an OHIO graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1986.

OHIO students at the University of Cincinnati Law School.
OHIO students at the University of Cincinnati Law School.

“The law school trip in the Phi Alpha Delta was an incredible experience that fueled my desire to go to law school. After the trip, I feel so much closer to other members because not only was it a professional exploration experience, but also a great opportunity for everyone who came to network,” said Cassandra McFadden, Secretary of Phi Alpha Delta.

The trip was funded in part by proceeds from last year’s Ohio University Law Fair hosted by the Center for Law, Justice and Culture and the Center for Advising, Career and Experiential Learning.

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