Celebrating Community #25: Pre-Law Association

February 25, 2016 at 9:30 AM

MHC Pre-Law AssociationA recent Pre-Law Association "Internship Info Session" event in collaboration with the Career Development Center. Guest speakers included Pre-Law Advisor Roshonda DeGraffenreid FP’10 who spoke about Lynk funding, and also association members who spoke about their past internship experiences.

Art law, civil rights law, environmental law, international law...the legal field spans a broad range of industries and expertise, enabling people to pursue their passions and make an impact. But where can an MHC student go to learn more? Thankfully, the Mount Holyoke College Pre-Law Association is there as a resource and network. Comprised of students considering pursuing law school or a legal profession, the association aims to increase awareness about this vast field and to create a peer community where students can gain inspiration and foster their passion for law. Through collaboration with the Career Development Center (CDC), the association helps guide students through the law school application process, preparing for the Law School Admission Test, and choosing suitable schools. The association also works at educating members on various fields of law and career exploration.

First appearing in the MHC directory in 1979 as the Pre-Law Society, the Pre-Law Association was re-established in 2013 by Ellen Rehnberg ’15 and Alyssa Sheets ’15. Today, with Alexandria Decatur ’16 serving as president and Sarah Syed ’16 as vice-president, the association continues to hold a strong membership. Bi-weekly meetings serve as informative sessions for members seeking answers to their law-related questions, while larger events and activities welcome campus-wide discussions. Board members are further building the association through relationships with campus offices, such as the CDC, and are working with the Alumnae Association to create an alumnae mentor network.

The most beneficial aspect of the association to students considering law is that it provides an open space and community where exploration is encouraged. “The Pre-Law Association has helped me become a more productive and passionate student,” says Tessa Schroll ’18 who serves as the association’s Public Relations Officer. “Since being involved with the Pre-Law Association, I was able to pinpoint my love for intellectual property law, i.e. patent, copyright, and trademark law. The Pre-Law Association has enabled me to take on a role of leadership, and the collaborative work between the association and the CDC has given me access to valuable resources. The association has encouraged my growth and education in a field I feel passionately about and it has played an important role in creating a fulfilling experience at MHC. Being part of the board makes it exciting as we’re trying to reach out to students who are interested in law, and we want to help those students transform their curiosity to a deeper understanding of the field.”

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