William & Mary Law School recently welcomed the military veterans of the Class of 2025 to the home of the citizen lawyer during orientation activities prior to the beginning of their formal legal education.
Comprised of veterans of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, this unique group brings a wide variety of experiences, skills and talents to the Law School.
The student veterans were provided a presentation on the specific William & Mary offices, resources, and key players focused on veterans issues during Law Week, the orientation program conducted for incoming law students during the week before the formal start of the Law School’s academic semester.
In particular, the student veterans were briefed by Jonathan “JD” Due, Executive Director of the Center for Military Transition at the Mason School of Business, on the Veteran-to-Executive Transition Program and associated W&M resources, including the Office of Student Veteran Engagement, the Center for Military Transition, the Whole of Government Center of Excellence, and the Law School’s Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic.
Insight on aspects of the law school experience with special relevance to veterans were addressed by a number of the Law School’s second- and third-year student veterans and active duty personnel, including, Will Reach, President of the Military and Veterans Law Society; Melissa Box, active duty US Army; Trey Jordan; Becca White; and Chris Meyers.
Rounding out the information session, Professor Fred Lederer, a retired US Army Reserve Colonel, and the Director of the Center for Legal and Court Technology, who serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Military and Veterans Law Society, shared his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges veterans attending law school may encounter.
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