"It was so easy to get involved in a myriad of workshops, lectures and networking events centered around law school admissions, law careers and legal scholarship." Virginia Blanton ('13) University of Virginia Law School
CNU’s innovative Pre-Law Program prepares students in all majors for the Law School Admission Test and law school through coursework in constitutional law, logic and legal reasoning. The program also draws from the concentration in constitutional studies and the philosophy of law minor. For Virginia Blanton ’13 (pictured above), her experience in the program, as well as her participation in unique leadership opportunities and close faculty mentorship that are hallmarks of a CNU education, allowed her to develop her passion for the law and women’s rights. This fall, she will attend the University of Virginia School of Law, the No.7 law school in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.
"I'm so grateful for the way CNU prepared me for the rigors of the law school admissions process,” Blanton says. A history major with minors in leadership and French, she credits the University’s liberal learning curriculum with helping her develop crucial research, critical analysis and communication skills across many disciplines. The experience allowed her to integrate knowledge from a variety of fields to pose and solve problems in the academic setting and beyond.
Being part of CNU’s small and tight-knit campus allowed Blanton to develop relationships with faculty, who not only worked closely with her in the classroom, but also provided guidance about law school admission and supported her independent research projects. “This small-campus feel extended to pre-law opportunities, and it was so easy to get involved in a myriad of workshops, lectures and networking events centered around law school admissions, law careers and legal scholarship,” she says.
Using scholarships obtained through CNU, Blanton was able to extend her learning beyond the classroom and travel to a global security summit in Switzerland, where she crafted a research proposal on the controversial issue of female circumcision. Her work “suggested improved advocacy efforts and legislation without compromising the cultural fabric of practicing communities,” according to Blanton. Dr. Jonathan White (pictured above), Assistant Professor of American Studies and Pre-Law Adviser, believes Blanton’s dedication to others is what will set her apart from her peers. “Virginia exemplifies the best in CNU students,” he says. “She is talented and hard-working, and has a passion for using her career in the legal profession as a way to help others who are less fortunate than herself."
Volunteering locally, taking courses with a focus on women's issues, and various other research projects solidified Blanton’s passion regarding women’s rights. “Her approach to questions of ethics and values as related to leadership is exemplary,” says Dr. Brent Cusher, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, who advised Blanton in her research. “Virginia was always willing to dig into difficult texts and consider difficult ideas. Her grasp of moral questions suggests to me that she has great potential to be an advocate of significance."
Blanton hopes to use her legal education to advocate for the health and security of others, especially women.