We are now halfway through our schedule of classes in our 14-week spring semester, although the recent snow and ice on campus make it seem as if spring is still a long way off. Despite the cold temperatures and accompanying precipitation, our students, faculty, and staff have been engaged in a whirlwind of activities during the past month. This is a brief report on what’s been happening and what’s coming up:
1. New Master of Legal Studies Program. We have launched our new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program, with applications now being accepted for enrollment in the summer of 2014. Somewhat unexpectedly, our first application came from halfway around the world, from a prospective student in China who saw our announcement. Read more here
The Columbus School of Law is launching a new Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) degree program. Applications are now being accepted from qualified students for the program starting in the summer of 2014. The 15-month, 26-credit program will offer students both a general understanding of the American legal system and a specific knowledge of their chosen field of interest.
“As the legal profession evolves, the need for non-J.D. professionals with a working knowledge of the law is increasing. Our M.L.S. degree will serve the educational needs of this expanding group of professionals, including legal support staff, scientists, and engineers, and others working in heavily regulated fields,” said law school Dean Daniel F. Attridge.
Fully accredited, the program is designed to accommodate part-time students who may work full-time. It will generally require two summers, one fall and one spring semester to complete. Initially the degree program will offer an area of emphasis in Intellectual Property Law. The program is expected to expand into other areas in the future. For more information, contact Tom Haederle (202) 319-5438, firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic University Law School’s Moot Court National Trials Team was the victor in Seventh Annual John L. Costello Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by George Mason University’s law school and held at the Fairfax County Judicial Center in Fairfax, VA, Feb. 6-9, 2014.
The three-member Columbus School of Law squad made up of Aliba Henry (3D), Antonio Moore (3E), and Kevin Kleponis (3D), prevailed among the 32 teams in the competition, ultimately besting The University of Texas in the final round. The group participated in five separate trials in less than 72 hours. The faceoff against their peers from the University of Texas lasted nearly six hours as a United States federal judge from Pittsburgh presided over the student arguments.
“There were five evaluators for the final round, all of whom were partners in Virginia law firms. Each made a specific comment on how ready the advocates were to practice law. All in all, it was a great weekend,” Barracato concluded. Read more here.
The Board of Visitors of the Columbus School of Law, along with Dean Daniel F. Attridge, is pleased to host the 2nd Annual Dean’s Dinner, with proceeds benefiting Student Scholarships. The Dinner will take place on Thursday, April 10th at the Army Navy Club, and will feature Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, Partner at Bancroft PLLC, as the guest speaker. Last year the event raised more than $65,000 to fund scholarships vital to the matriculation and retention of CUA Law’s most talented students.
“We are very appreciative of the generosity of our law school’s supporters,” said Dean Attridge in response to last year’s success. “Our students will directly benefit from the increase to our scholarship fund made possible by our guests.”
Paul D. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States from 2005 to 2008. He has argued more than 70 cases before the United States Supreme Court. He was recognized as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year by The Bar Association of the District of Columbia and was selected by the National Law Journal in 2013 as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America.
“As a friend and a former colleague of Paul’s, I greatly appreciate his willingness to join us as dinner speaker for what will certainly be a memorable evening,” said Dean Attridge. “He is widely regarded as one of the most gifted appellate lawyers of his generation, and his mastery of advocacy before our nation’s highest court is second to none.”
If you would like more information about this event or are interested in serving as a named host, please email email@example.com.
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