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Regent Hosts Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference

By Rachel Bender | November 13, 2012

The decision to attend law school is not one that should be taken lightly or without a true understanding of what is involved. That's why Regent University's School of Law recently played host to the Hampton Roads Minority Pre-Law Conference, held by the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar. With 88 students in attendance, the day featured first-hand accounts from attorneys, law students and law professors, all designed to expose college students, as well as a few high schoolers, to law school and the opportunities in the legal profession.

"The Virginia State Bar hosts the Minority Pre-Law Conference because we wish to expose students to all aspects of law school and educate them about the opportunities in the legal profession with the goal of diversifying the legal profession," explained Edwin Wu, co-chair of the conference and adjunct professor at Norfolk State University. "With an ever-growing diverse population, the need for diversity in the legal profession has become even more important."

The day included a number of workshops and informational sessions, including a Law School Fair, featuring information and representatives from a number of law schools around the country. The day also included a mock law class led by Regent Law Assistant Professor Gloria Whittico.

Students from Regent's Black Law Students Association were on hand to talk to attendees and help them understand the process of applying for and attending law school. "If sharing my experiences and story is of any value to persons considering attending this great institution, then it is more than worth me giving up a few hours on a Saturday," said first-year Regent law student Philip Pinckney. "This conference is valuable because meaningful exposure and substantive engagement is a powerful tool for shaping the minds and morals of young people."

The conference also featured a keynote address by the Honorable Bonnie L. Jones, a presiding judge with the eighth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

"For many of these students, this was their first time stepping foot on a law school campus. Even speaking with a law student, or a Judge was an extraordinary experience for them," Pinckney said. "Many students attended not genuinely believing they could attend law school because they felt under qualified. But the college students had a chance to talk with current law students like myself who shared their educational and cultural backgrounds in many respects. They began to see the possibility of themselves attending law school successfully."

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