William and Mary Law School

Law School Helps Young Students Discover Law

  • Young Students Discover Law
    Young Students Discover Law
    Members of the W&M National Trial Team presented a short case on a first amendment issue to junior and senior students from Achievable Dream.
    Photo by David F. Morrill

As part of its involvement in the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Discover Law program, the Law School recently hosted 45 junior and senior students from Achievable Dream, a public school in Newport News, to gain experience in legal thinking and an understanding of law school life.

Following an introduction, five students from the Constitutional Law Society conducted a first amendment workshop with the students, which was complemented by the William & Mary National Trial Team presentation of a short case containing similar first amendment issues.  After lunch, students were able to discuss particulars of law school life with current law school students.

In addition to the program for high school students at the Law School, the school hosted two other presentations on the same day for students at Thomas Nelson Community College. LSAC started the Discover Program in order to increase diversity in the legal profession. William & Mary participates in the program for this reason and for the informative value and to increase its ties to the community.

The Law School began its participation in the program last spring when it gave a presentation to Hampton University freshman.

About William & Mary Law School

Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 to train leaders for the new nation.  Now in its third century, America's oldest law school continues its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.