MSU Law incoming class arrives for Immersion Week and service project

EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan State University College of Law welcomes the Class of 2014, who arrived this week to begin their law school careers at Immersion Week 2011.

Designed to help facilitate a smooth transition into the Law College experience, Immersion Week provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of law and an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of the profession. The week culminates with a service project, which provides much-needed help to local non-profit organizations while teaching students about the important services that these agencies offer and the ways in which the legal community contributes to them.

The project is coordinated by the MSU Law Office of Student Engagement as part of its focus on cultivating important links to the community by encouraging and organizing outreach efforts throughout the year.

Each incoming student selected one of 21 sites at which to participate in three hours of community service on Friday, August 26. Activities included removing invasive species at Fenner Nature Center, Woldumar Nature Center, and Henry Fine Park; painting and preparing for the return of students at Lansing's Wainwright Leadership, Law, and Government Magnet School; completing landscaping and cleaning projects for Gateway Community Services, Potter Park Zoo, and Ronald McDonald House; sorting food donations for Mid-Michigan Food Bank; cleaning and performing small-scale construction tasks for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Ingham County; and more.

Dean Joan Howarth and several faculty members will participate in the service project, while 56 student organization leaders will serve as site leaders and supervise activities throughout the day. Students, faculty, and staff will gather at the Law College for a barbeque reception following the project.

"We are proud to serve our community while helping instill an ethic of public service in those just beginning their journey at the Law College," said Dean Howarth. "We strive to ensure that the spirit of service permeates all levels of our culture at MSU Law, and we hope to inspire our students to carry on our commitment to service throughout their legal education and careers."

This year's incoming class of Juris Doctor (J.D.) candidates includes 310 students from 36 states and seven countries. The class has a median Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score of 157 and a median undergraduate grade point average of 3.55. The new J.D. students join 19 incoming Master of Laws (LL.M.) students who arrived in late July; four are in the Intellectual Property and Communications Law program, and 15 are foreign-educated lawyers who will study American Legal Studies.

Published: Thu, Sep 1, 2011


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