Legal Studies Hosts Alumni and Networking Event

Legal Studies hosted an Alumni and Networking Event on Saturday, April 6th to bring together graduates and current students to discuss their experiences in both law school and law related professions.

Legal Studies Professor Marlene Barken planned the event with the help and encouragement of two alums, Caitlin McAtee and Cassandra Volkheimer, both class of 2010. Cassandra said “that it was important to do the alumni event because I know that when I was at IC, I did not really know what to expect once I went to law school. I wanted the legal studies alumni community to be available to help students through the process and to help answer questions.”

Nine alumni returned and met with approximately 20 current students, all interested in or in the process of applying to law school. They spoke about the multiple turns their careers had taken since leaving Ithaca College, and much of their advice centered on taking risks and challenging yourself.

“Don’t be afraid to try something you think you might hate,” offered Nicole Phillips ’10. “That’s what happened with me and my contracts class – now I love it. You never know when you’ll surprise yourself.”

John Bradac, Director of Career Services, led a roundtable discussion about the trials and tribulations of applying to law school. He covered many basics, such as the LSAT exams, optimal timetable, where to apply, how many schools to apply to, and what factors go into making the final decision. Seniors also contributed information on their successful application strategies.

Professor Gwen Seaquist, Coordinator for Legal Studies, spoke about the importance of applied learning, and several students shared feedback on their internship experiences. Professor Michael Whelan, advisor for our Mock Trial team, led a final discussion highlighting the team’s competition record.

After the formal portion of the program, students, alumni, faculty and staff mingled over a lunch buffet. Students such as Nancy Riccardi ’13, were able to take full advantage of the Legal Studies Alumni Networking Event. “I really enjoyed being able to hear about the application process to law school and to see the variety of jobs and interests of each alum… And I have been in contact with one of the alumnus from this event, so it was extremely beneficial for me,” Riccardi said. “I would definitely recommend that they continue this event and that more people should attend!”