“We’re in the student opportunity business,” remarked Law Chancellor Jack Weiss as he addressed students gathered for the first student town hall meeting on October 23. Weiss spoke to approximately 65 students who gathered for the first of two forums planned this academic year.
The Chancellor described efforts by the administration to become even more “student focused” and to expand opportunities for student involvement at the Law Center.
Weiss announced several new initiatives including a new student advisory board, a Young Alumni Leadership Council comprised of graduates representing the past ten years, and efforts to expand student externship programs. Also discussed was a faculty- approved graduation honors program that will be in place for 2008. The honors designations provide additional opportunities for students to be recognized for their academic achievements.
Among other priorities, according to Weiss, are recruiting the “faculty of the future” and a dramatic expansion of the clinical legal education experience currently available to students. “Like all first-rate clinical legal education programs, the LSU Law clinics will combine unique opportunities for students to learn through live client and “real world” experiences with civil and criminal justice matters…while also helping the underserved segments of the population,” said Weiss.
The Chancellor provided an update on A Tradition of Excellence–The Campaign for LSU Law and administration efforts to raise $28 million as part of the Forever LSU campaign.
He touched on other initiatives of the administration, including a marketing research study focused on first year students and their impressions of the communications and recruitment efforts to the Law Center.
Students actively engaged in the session by posing questions on a variety of topics. The next forum will be held in Spring 2008.