For Immediate Release: July, 1, 2020
PRE-LAW SUMMER BOOT CAMP OFFERS UP CLOSE LOOK AT THE LEGAL PROFESSION
ORLANDO, Fla – Pre-law students who registered for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Legal Scholars Summer Boot Camp were up for the challenges presented in this thought-provoking two-week virtual session.
“Students had an opportunity to present legal arguments on the George Floyd case as either prosecutor, defense attorney, or juror,” said FAMU Law Professor Lundy Langston, J.D. “The student presentations were outstanding and an indication that such a pipeline program is important in ensuring that more diversity in the legal profession may have a significant impact on the racial issues that continue to plague our country, as indicated by the ongoing protests that are taking place across the county today.”
The Legal Scholars Summer Boot Camp is designed to build the foundation for undergraduate students to successfully enter the legal profession pipeline for a successful law school experience and a successful career in the legal profession.
Students participated in a variety of typical law school activities, including reading and discussing appellate cases, conducting adversarial presentations, writing exercises, and examinations.
“Our participants may not have expected such a realistic introduction to the law, but that’s what they got in this inaugural program,” said Legal Scholars Program Director, Jon Perdue, J.D. “We held workshops on professionalism, time management, personal/diversity statements, resumes, financing law school, the admissions process, and the LSAT. Lawyers and law students participated as well.”
Second year FAMU political science major, Makira Burns, from Orlando wants to become a divorce and family law attorney and called the Pre-Law Boot Camp amazing. “This camp has given me the knowledge and tools that I need to attack the LSAT,” said Burns. “I decided that I will be applying to FAMU Law after graduation. Overall, this camp has given me the motivation and push that I need to one day become the lawyer of my dreams.”
Lastly, some of the students received funding from FAMU Law to participate in a six-week LSAT preparation course.