of Texas at Arlington’s new Pre-Law and Legal Studies Center is partnering with
worldwide communications giant AT&T to help prepare students for law school
and the practice of law.
launches this fall and will offer students help with course planning,
preparation for the Law School Admission Test, application to law school, mock
trial experience and one-on-one mentoring from practicing attorneys.
Arlington alumni and supporters have raised $700,000 toward a planned $2
million endowment to sustain the center’s activities.
Pre-Law and Legal Studies Center is expected to serve 200 students a year. The
departments of Political Science, History, Criminology and Criminal Justice and
Philosophy each offer a pre-law concentration within the College of
Liberal Arts. But the new center will
be open to all UT Arlington students.
has agreed to identify 24 staff attorneys who will serve as mentors for the new
center during the 2012-13 academic year. The Dallas-based company plans to
transport two groups of UT Arlington students to Dallas for a tour of corporate
headquarters this fall and spring.
Dorsey Harris, an AT&T attorney, is coordinating the mentoring program on
behalf of her company. She said that corporate mentors understand the
importance of “reaching back into the
community to encourage others.”
stand on the shoulders of those who encouraged and supported me on my journey
toward a career as an attorney, and I am honored to reach out to lend a helping
hand to others making that same journey,” Harris said.
decision to partner with The University of Texas at Arlington followed a
meeting last spring between students interested in law and UT Arlington alumnus
Wayne Watts, who leads the company’s corporate legal team as general counsel
and senior executive vice president. Watts also serves on the UT Arlington Development
Cawthon, an associate professor of history and interim director of the Pre-Law
Center, attended that meeting. Watts walked away impressed by the articulate
and thoughtful students, she said.
shared his story of growing up in Oak Cliff, putting himself through school and
becoming a first-generation college student,” Cawthon said. “He appreciates the
benefit that diversity, both racial and economic background, can bring.”
legal staff will take part in the Pre-Law Center’s “Meet and Greet” scheduled
for noon, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in University Hall, Room 002, 601 S.
Wright, dean of the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts, said the new center
will serve the strong interest in social justice among many students, adding: “Many
students come to learn that a knowledge of law can serve them well whether they
have a background in liberal arts disciplines, in business, science or
said: “Programs such as the UTA Pre-Law Center mentoring program are extremely
helpful in exposing students to the various careers that are available to them.”
more information about the UT Arlington Pre-Law and Legal Studies Center,
please visit www.uta.edu/prelaw. Attorneys
who are interested in contributing or donating professionally may contact
Elisabeth Cawthon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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