Pre-Law Program Hosts Alumni Panel

Recent graduates return to share their experiences and advice with current students.

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Phi Alpha Delta, the professional pre-law fraternity, recently hosted a panel of six recent Christopher Newport graduates. Five of the alumni currently attend law school and one is a paralegal in a firm that deals with immigration law. Students were able to ask questions to help gauge what options they have after college.

"The event is important for several reasons, but the most important is for the purpose of helping students decide if law school is right for them," says Dr. Michelle Kundmueller, Pre-Law Program adviser. The panelists divulged techniques that they found successful, such as making connections and creating a proper work-life balance. The panelists also discussed what classes, professors and clubs at CNU helped them decide the best route after graduation.

The alumni, owing to their diverse backgrounds in conjunction with where they are in their law pursuits, gave fresh perspectives to each topic, and were able to give students many insights. As Kundmueller says, "alumni law students are perfectly situated to explain to current students how law school is, why they love it and what they find to be their biggest challenges. For those undergraduates who already know that they want to go to law school, the panels were very practical and answered questions about how to prepare, what to expect and what current habits will serve them best at the next stage of their educations."

The lively discussion was followed by a reception where the students continued the conversation and made new connections. Kundmueller plans to make it an annual event. "This was the most personally rewarding of all of our events this spring,” she says. “Watching my old students as they are undergoing the next stage of development, hearing the excitement in their voices, and witnessing their newfound maturity and eloquence was positively thrilling.”

Christopher Newport’s Pre-Law Program prepares students across all majors for admission to the nation’s top law schools. Courses in constitutional law, logic and legal reasoning immerse undergraduates in jurisprudence, while the constitutional studies concentration in the American studies major and the philosophy of law minor enhance students’ legal acumen.

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