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Southern Miss to Host Pre-Law Week Sept. 11-14

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Students who wish to pursue a legal career will have the opportunity to meet with law school representatives and legal professionals during Pre-Law Week at The University of Southern Mississippi. Hosted by the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs, Pre-Law Week will be held Sept. 11-14 on the Hattiesburg campus and Gulf Park campus of Southern Miss.

“For the past three years, our department has sponsored Pre-Law Week which includes programming to help students think about whether or not a legal career might be for them and help prepare them to consider academic paths that can help get them there,” said Dr. Edward Sayre, chair of the Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs. “It involves four days of programming which includes a practice LSAT, tips for getting into law school and a chance to meet law school recruiters from throughout the southeast.”

Specific events during Pre-Law Week include:

Monday, Sept. 11
• Making the Cut: Law School Application Dos and Don’ts
1-2 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 204 and Gulf Park Campus: Fleming Education Center 104
• Think Like a Lawyer: Humanities and the Law     
3-4 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 103
• Test the Waters: LSAT Preview Test
4-5 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal 103 and Gulf Park: Academic Success Center 204

Tuesday, Sept. 12
• A Day in the Life of a Lawyer: Roundtable Discussion
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Gulf Park Campus: Fleming Education Center 104
• Can you Handle 1L? Mock Law School Class
1-2 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 102
• Financing Law School
2:30-3:30 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Cook Library 204
• Laying the Foundation for Success - What You Should Be Taking Right Now
4-5 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 204 and Gulf Park Campus: Fleming Education Center 104
• A Day in the Life of a Paralegal: A Roundtable Discussion with Practicing Paralegals
5:30-6:15 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 103
• Great Trials in History: What Can We Learn from Them?
7-8:30 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 108

Wednesday, Sept. 13
• Law School Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Thad Cochran Atrium
• Career Services
4-5 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building
• A Day in the Life of a Lawyer: A Roundtable Discussion with Practicing Lawyers
5:30-6:15 p.m. | Hattiesburg Campus: Liberal Arts Building 103

Thursday, Sept. 14
• Keynote: “Access to Justice in Mississippi” featuring Tiffany Graves, Esq.; executive director, Mississippi Access to Justice Commission
5-6:30 p.m. | Gulf Park Campus: Hardy Hall Ballroom

“We believe that having the opportunity to speak with local attorneys and law school representatives, as well as taking the practice LSAT and learning about Pre-Law curricula at Southern Miss, provides a unique service to our undergraduate students,” Sayre said.

This year, law schools of the University of Georgia, Tulane University, University of Mississippi and Mississippi College, among others, will be in attendance.
 
Dr. Eric Tribunella, senior associate dean in the College of Arts and Letters, said Pre-Law Week is specifically designed for the many students and prospective students interested in pursuing a career in a legal field, either as practicing attorneys or as paralegals. “Pre-Law week provides essential information to start planning a path to success and discover how a major in legal studies, political science, philosophy, history, English and others can prepare students for careers in law,” Tribunella said.

For more information about how the College of Arts and Letters helps prepare students for a career in law, visit http://www.usm.edu/legalstudies or @PreLawWeekUSM on Facebook.