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Pre-Law Program

February 2015
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From the Director’s Desk

Dear Friends and Alumni,

As we start the new year, Miami pre-law students have a lot to be proud of. Not only have many of them succeeded in their law school admissions goals, but our students have engaged in more pre-law opportunities than ever before as they seek to learn about the legal profession and its fit for them.

In 2014-15, nearly 200 pre-law students registered for various pre-law course offerings aimed at exposing students to the legal profession and preparing them to be competitive law school applicants. Students who registered for Miami’s LSAT preparation course saw an average score increase of over four points on the LSAT. And, 95% of Miami senior applicants were accepted to law school in 2014.

More importantly, with the help our alumni, students are making better, more informed decisions about law school and whether it is right for them. While many pre-law students heard from our legal alumni in the classroom through pre-law course offerings, others sought out Winter Term shadowing opportunities with our alumni in the courtroom. And yet others traveled around the world with a large global law firm to learn the business of big law, and worked with our alumni in a local Oxford law firm. 

Indeed, the generosity of our alumni in both funding and exposing students to these experiences is what makes the difference for pre-law students. Your support has made Miami’s LSAT preparation course possible, provided need-based scholarships to students preparing for the LSAT, allowed students to experience the inter-workings of law firms, enabled the Program to continue to provide important advising functions as our students navigate their career decisions and the financial implications of law school, and much more.

A heartfelt thank you to each one of you who has contributed to the success of our students with your time and donations. With your new and continued support, I look forward to partnering to do even more to serve our students throughout the upcoming year.

Warm regards,

Maria P. Vitullo, Esq.
Director, Pre-Law Program

Highlights of the Pre-Law Program

In 2014, the Pre-Law Program’s website was restructured and improved to better communicate program information to students, alumni, and prospective students. Check out our new website and our Program Highlights video below.
Miami University Pre-Law Program
New Pre-Law Scholarships

The Pre-Law Program is pleased to announce two new scholarships established for the benefit of pre-law students. The Albert A. and Frances M. Kerzic Scholarship was established by Lynda Given, Esq. (‘77) of Chapman & Cutler, Chicago, IL, in honor of her parents. The Lloyd O’Hara Scholarship was established by the Dayton Bar Association with the assistance of Jeffrey Cox, Esq. (‘82) of Faruki, Ireland & Cox PLL, Dayton, OH.

James Pride, a junior who plans to take Miami's LSAT preparation course this spring, was a 2015 scholarship recipient.  "[The scholarship] gives me the opportunity to take the course and hopefully improve my LSAT score for the upcoming applications in the fall. I struggled preparing for the LSAT the first time around by myself, so I appreciate the opportunity to take the class," Pride said.

Read more about the scholarships on our website.
Pre-Law Program Enters into Fourth Year of White & Case Internship Abroad

Students Shannon O’Keefe (English Literature) and Yousra Jouglaf (Political Science) participated in the 2014 White & Case summer pre-law internship. 

View the video about their experience below:
New Law & Public Policy Scholars Seminar

In fall 2014, the Pre-Law Program and the Department of Political Science offered for the first time a special seminar for University Law & Public Policy Scholars focusing on national issues. In fall 2015, Miami will welcome its third class of incoming scholars. 

Learn more about the Law & Public Policy Scholar Program.
Senior Spotlights

Read about the pre-law and Miami experiences of four of our seniors:
Jonathan Fox
  • senior Pre-Law student with Public Administration major
  • from Hamilton, OH
  • received a Sidley Pre-law Scholarship to help him prepare for and apply to law schools
  • interned for Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown in Cincinnati and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
  • participated in Miami's Inside Washington Program (2013)
Paige Melton
  • senior Pre-Law student with Public Administration major
  • minor in Management
  • from Cincinnati, OH
  • Secretary for the Pre-Law Society Amicus Curiae
Monika Mudd
  • senior Pre-Law student with double majors in English and History
  • minor in German
  • has lived in NC, KY, IL, TX, and AL
  • member of Miami's Mock Trial Team and a student aide in the Pre-Law Program
  • 2014 winner of an All-American Witness Award, the pinnacle of achievement in Mock Trial
Shannon O’Keefe
  • senior Pre-Law student with English/Literature major
  • from Mason, OH
  • first visited Miami as a high school student in the Junior Scholars Program
  • tutored English in Tanzania and interned at an international law firm in the Philippines
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