The transition from summer to school year, from civilian to law student, unfolded quickly and smoothly on Aug. 13 for the incoming classes of 2015 and 2016.
Approximately 150 full-and- part time students registered for classes, obtained their student IDs and health insurance, filled out numerous forms, learned how the navigate the library, and made the round of processing stops required to begin the pursuit of a JD degree from Catholic University’s law school.
Along the way on day one, they also made their first contacts with fellow classmates, and were talked through a general overview of the ins-and-outs of registration by Mara Duffy, associate dean for External and Student Affairs, and Georgia Niedzielko, associate dean for Academic Affairs.
The multi-step process of registration marks the beginning of Orientation Week for all first-year students. The mechanics of obtaining what is needed to start class fills most of the first day. Later in the week, the students will hear their first lectures from faculty members on such topics as professional conduct.
The final day of Orientation Week, Friday Aug. 17, brought an official welcome from top university officials including the dean, the provost, and the president of The Catholic University of America. Friday was also Student Service Day, an opportunity for students to volunteer for a number of local projects and causes.
Smaller in number than in past years, the law school’s newest classes are nonetheless every bit as diverse and interesting as any of their predecessors.
- 21 % are self-identified as members of a recognized minority group.
- The students represent graduates from more than 100 colleges and universities and 35 different majors.
- Nineteen languages are spoken proficiently, including Arabic, Urdu, Cyrillic, Hindi, Korean, Greek and a Ghanaian dialect known as Twi.
- Prior to law school, students worked in jobs ranging from patent examiner to special education teacher to sous-chef.
- The classes of 2015 and 2016 contain nine current and former members of the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marine Corps.