The Ohio University Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity chapter sent 24 students to tour law schools across the state Oct. 21-22. The students spent two days touring law schools, interacting with law students, and speaking with the law school and admissions staff.
Due to COVID-19, this is the first time this usually annual trip has taken place in two years.
In Columbus, students visited Capital University Law School and Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. During these visits, they met OHIO graduates 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 double major in English creative writing and sociology-criminology, a minor in political science, and a certificate in law, justice and culture from the College of Arts and Sciences. Wendel graduated in 2020 with a pre-jurisprudence political science major, an anthropology major, and a certificate in law, justice, and culture from the College of Arts and Sciences.
“I had so much fun meeting and spending time with the latest generation of pre-law Bobcats!” said Wendel. “The CLJC and Phi Alpha Delta continue to be tremendous resources for students and it’s wonderful to see these students grow and find their paths.
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 first-year law students and OHIO 2022 graduate Ellen Gill-Franks, who holds degrees in English pre-law and sociology-criminology with a certificate in law, justice and culture from the College of Arts and Sciences; Micaela Beatham-Garcia, who majored in Pre-Law Political Science with a Certificate in Law, Justice and Culture from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Sebastian Johnson, who majored in Philosophy through the Honors Tutorial College.
“It’s wonderful to talk to other Bobcats who were in my shoes last year,” Beatham-Garcia said. “I really benefited from talking to current law students when grappling with decision making, so it was really rewarding to be able to convey that!”
Beatham-Garcia’s enthusiasm for tutoring was echoed by Gill-Franks: “The students on the trip displayed everything a great law student should be: curious, committed, and conscientious.”
“Visiting law schools is an important part of a student’s education journey,” said Larry Hayman, Esq., director of legal engagement and the pre-law program at OHIO, who accompanied students on some parts of their visit. “It gives students an opportunity to get a sense of what a particular law school is like that they won’t be able to fully capture by watching a video or researching admissions statistics. At the same time, it demonstrates to law schools that a student is genuinely interested in their institution.”
Ohio University senior Sarah Bender noted, “The law school field trip was an amazing and eye-opening experience” and allowed students to learn “not only about each school, but also about the application process and about what schools are looking for in an applicant”. In addition, students had the opportunity to participate in a meeting with law students from the Capitol and a lunch discussion with Pierce Reed, Ohio Innocence Project policy director, an OHIO graduate who holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1986.
“The trip to Phi Alpha Delta Law School was an incredible experience that strengthened my desire to attend law school. After the trip, I feel so much closer to the other members because, in addition to being a professional exploration experience, it was a great bonding opportunity for everyone who came,” said Phi Alpha Delta Secretary Cassandra McFadden .
The trip was funded in part by revenue 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.