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Law Day Brings Urban High School Students to Rutgers Law School for Program on Legal Rights, Responsibilities and Careers

March 19, 2012 – 

More than 130 high school students from Newark and other urban communities learned about the road to law school and a career in the legal profession at High School Law Day, held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on March 2, 2012.

Law Day 2012
Director of the Street Law Program Alycia M. Guichard (second from right) is shown with New Jersey 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year Jeanne M. DelColle and Rutgers Law School students Delilah Magao (left) and Kelsey Tylus (right).

The event was co-sponsored by the law school’s Street Law Program, Minority Student Program (MSP), and Eric Neisser Public Interest Program, and by DiscoverLaw.org, a Law School Admission Council initiative to encourage racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in school to help them succeed. Street Law is co-sponsored by the Rutgers–Newark Law School and the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF).

The high school students were welcomed by Yvette Bravo-Weber, Assistant Dean for the Minority Student Program, and Alycia M. Guichard, Director and New Jersey Bar Fellow for the Street Law Program and Associate Director for the MSP. Rutgers School of Law–Newark alumni, current law students, and Rutgers University pre-law undergraduates then discussed their educational and professional experiences.

Interactive break-out workshops conducted by Rutgers Law School faculty and students covered such law-related topics as bullying, constitutions and constitutionalism, copyright/trademarks, small claims/contracts, human trafficking, and teen dating/domestic violence. One of the highlights of High School Law Day was a special civics workshop taught by New Jersey Teacher of the Year Jeanne M. DelColle. Her workshops were part of the NJSBF-supported American Bar Association Civics and the Law initiative.

During the lunch program, legal professionals and law students talked to the high school students about their backgrounds, education, prior experience, and career goals.