Faculty- Student Basketball Game

The 2nd annual faculty-student basketball game took place on Friday, March 21. All proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the William & Mary Public Service Fund.

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Final score: 45-33 in favor of the students.

Click here for the full album of pictures from the faculty-student basketball game.

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“Critical Real World Experience” Through Externships

blusiewiczby Jonathan Blusiewicz, Class of 2014

Jonathan Blusiewicz is a 3L at William & Mary Law School. He graduated from William & Mary in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in public policy.  

The externships I completed while at William & Mary Law School were both great experiences. I was an extern at the Virginia House of Delegates and at the York County Attorney’s Office. Both externships provided me with critical real world experience unobtainable in the classroom and fortified my resume.

My externship in the Virginia House of Delegates was a particularly fascinating experience. Tracking legislation through a labyrinth of committees was an informative way of learning Virginia’s legislative process. Witnessing legislation take shape in a partisan atmosphere is an experience every law student should have. Addressing the river of constituent communications was a great way to build client interaction skills. The opportunity to work around so many policy makers in such a historical location was also valuable itself.

My externship with the York County Attorney’s Office was also very useful.  I was given the opportunity to put the lessons I learned in my family law and youth law classes to work on legal matters concerning the York-Poquoson Department of Social Services. I was also able to work on a whole range of other issues from contracts to taxes. The sheer variety of issues to work on was truly amazing. Most of all I was able to gain lots of practical legal experience, particularly in my legal writing.

Externships offered at William & Mary Law School are definitely worthwhile learning experiences.  My education was greatly supplemented by the experience I gained working in both the Virginia House of Delegates and York County Attorney’s Office. Such opportunities are available every semester at William & Mary. Do not let them pass.

Learn about the Elder Law Clinic

by Bridget Claycomb, Class of 2016

William and Mary Law School has a history of public service and encourages all its students to become citizen lawyers, and Michael Hernton, Class of 2014, personifies this aim through his devotion to service. Admissions was lucky enough to sit down with him and hear about his experience with the William and Mary Elder Law Clinic.

herntonMichael attended the US Naval Academy and studied Political Science and Engineering and also earned an MBA from University of California San Diego. He shared a number of personal stories about himself, his friends, and family that inspired him to get the legal knowledge that would allow him to help those closest to him.

Michael said he chose William and Mary because, “I wanted to stay in Virginia, and I liked William and Mary’s campus. The alumni I connected with spoke highly of the professors and said that students were helpful to each other.” He also said that William and Mary offered a great legal education at a competitive price.

When asked why he chose to take the Elder Law Clinic, Michael responded with questions, “Who do you want to work with? Who do you want to be around? Who do you want to help?”  He answered for himself that he wanted to help good people who could really benefit from his legal advice. From the way he shared his clients’ stories, it was clear that has a lot of passion for helping the people who seek-out the Elder Law Clinic.

The Elder Law Clinic provides valuable services to seniors from Williamsburg, Newport News, and Hampton Roads. For example, students from the clinic joined attorneys from Hampton Roads for the “Wills for Seniors” program. Michael shared that while he knows he is helping his clients, the clinic has taught him more than just elder law. “We met a 103 year old black woman who was born in a time where she was a 4th class citizen and unable to vote. We helped her with her will in 2013. That’s how much life experience our clients have. I have learned a lot from them.”

Michael highly recommends taking advantage of the clinic opportunities at William and Mary. “A lot of law school is theory, and you have to seek-out ways to gain practical experience. You don’t have to wait for summer internships or drive to externships. Clinics provide real-world experience right here at the law school.”

For more on the Elder Law Clinic, click here.

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Halfway Through BBQ

by Brian Focarino, Class of 2015

brianfocarinophotoThursday night of the first week of classes in the spring term, the Alumni and Development Office, alongside Dean Douglas, hosted the “Halfway Through BBQ” for the 2Ls. Standing around, talking with close friends in the now-extremely-familiar Law School lobby, my initial impression is that it’s hard to believe we’ve already made our way through half of law school. Law School is of course a long-term investment, but its successful navigation requires a lot of day-to-day thinking: the next reading assignment, trial team competition, organizational meeting, speaker series, journal cite check, or externship deadline. With so much going on, especially during second year, it’s easy to miss the halfway marker unless someone points it out to you in passing. Tonight, the lobby swelled with 2Ls taking an hour out of their otherwise busy weekday evenings to catch up, celebrate being halfway there, and enjoy good food alongside great company.

More shocking than how quickly time passes, though, is the difference it’s made. Two Augusts ago, the Law School lobby filled with exactly the same people, then strangers both to each other and to the study of law. Tonight had me thinking about just how much three semesters changes things. Tonight, those same people, almost all friends or close friends at this point, gathered to discuss their latest classes, externships, internships, student groups, competitive teams, journals, research, and other commitments. Our 2Ls have at this point become fully immersed in the study of law. They’ve competed in national competitions, interned locally, nationally, and globally, worked for district attorneys, local, state, and federal judges, 1-person law firms and 1,000-person law firms, start-ups and Fortune 50 corporations. They’ve worked across government, the judiciary, corporate America, for local, national and global non-profits, and for firms, in almost every area of the law. They’ve written briefs, argued motions, reviewed contracts, completed research and joined journals. They’ve followed their passions and completed 1L summer internships, many have secured 2L summer internships, and some have completed other internships or externships in between. They’ve woven themselves into the fabric of the Law School itself – many of them leading active student organizations dedicated to particular areas of the law they’re passionate about, and many more serving as members of one of the Law School’s prestigious student-led journals.

It’s the sign of a fine education when, looking back, none of us standing in the lobby tonight could probably have imagined all of the things we’d have accomplished, experiences we’d have had, things we’d have learned, friends that we’d make or passions we’d discover or further explore just a year and a half ago. Viewed in that context, to think that we’re only halfway done seems crazy – I can’t imagine how much more impressive and qualified the same 2Ls around me will be as 3Ls graduating into the legal profession a year and a half from now.

In a lot of ways, the BBQ felt like a vindication that the training wheels have finally been taken off. The rest of our Law School experience is, in large part, shaped by ourselves. The Law School’s 2Ls are a passionate, committed, and talented group of future lawyers. Tonight, as they chat amongst themselves and with the many professors wandering from group to group amongst them, it’s hard not to be thankful for the opportunity to live and learn in this legal community.

The 2Ls are halfway through, but in many ways we’re just getting started.

Read more from Brian:

Thanks, posted November 20, 2012

Meet a Member of the Class of 2015, posted March 15, 2012

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