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Members of B-CU Pre-Law Society Plan Futures, Learn Hands-On

On Oct. 21-22, members of the Pre-Law Society traveled to Miami to attend and participate in the Law School Admission Council Law School Forum (pictured top right). Admissions counselors from 165 law schools were in attendance and available to answer questions involving the law school admission process. In addition several workshops were conducted on about LSAT preparation, financing the legal education, diversity in law, and legal writing.

Additionally, on Oct.28, 17 members of the Pre-Law Society, under the leadership Dr. Randy Jacobs (B-CU professor of political science and advisor to the Pre-Law Society) participated in the John Marshall Law School Workshop and Intercollegiate Competition at B-CU.  The workshop was conducted by Ms. Meta Brown, Esq., diversity officer at John Marshall Law School. During the workshop the students learned the elements and procedures of a court trial.  After the workshop, the students participated in three rounds of a mock trial competition conducted and judged by Attorney Brown, Jessica Youngblood, Esq., and Marrick Marthol, Esq., all of John Marshall Law School Diversity office.

The members of the overall winning team (Isiah Knox, a senior criminal justice major; Arielle Hudson, freshman, political science major; and Evangeline Bonner, senior, political science major) each won $5,000 in tuition waivers to attend law school at John Marshall Law School. The members of the second place team each won $4,000 in tuition waivers, the third place team each won $3,000 in tuition waivers, and the fourth place team each won $2,000 in tuition waivers.  Two teams tied for fifth place and each member of both teams won $1,000.  In addition, the four top overall students (Joshua McDonald, senior, political science; Arielle Hudson; Ladarius Gardiner, freshman, political science; and Brenee Johnson, sophomore, political science) each won $1,000.00. Overall, John Marshall Law School awarded $52,000.00 in tuition waivers to the B-CU Pre-Law Society. In addition the organization received an invitation to participate in the John Marshall Law School Regional Mock Trial Competition in Miami, FL in March, 2012.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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