Pre Law Society makes a comeback

Political science major Jacob Parga signs up for the ULV Pre Law Society club on March 11. Pre Law Society President Cassie Holloway, senior public relations major and Vice President Mark Jebbia, senior economics major, encouraged classmates to sign up. The club wil host speaker events focused on law school and the legal profession. / photo by Michelle Leon
Political science major Jacob Parga signs up for the ULV Pre Law Society club on March 11. Pre Law Society President Cassie Holloway, senior public relations major and Vice President Mark Jebbia, senior economics major, encouraged classmates to sign up. The club wil host speaker events focused on law school and the legal profession. / photo by Michelle Leon

Sierra Dasher
Staff Writer

The Pre Law Society is making a comeback at the University of La Verne, and members are encouraging students of all majors who are interested in law to join.

Cassie Holloway, senior communications major and Pre Law Society president, said she was inspired to start the club after realizing the University did not currently have an organizations to help educate students about getting into law schools.

“I am starting this club as a part of my senior project to do all the public relations work for it, but I also wanted to start it as an outlet on campus and help people learn more about law,” Holloway said.

During the club application process, Holloway discovered there had in fact been a pre-law club on campus.

ULV alumnus Christian Leon originally started the first Pre Law Society in 2012 when he was a senior communications major.

Jason Neidleman, professor of political science, was the adviser at the time. However, the club eventually died out.

“I just wanted to change it around and start fresh,” Holloway said.

“We have a new advisor and all new students in the club,” she said.

Mark Jebbia, senior economics major and Pre-Law Society vice president, also has an interest in law and wants to collaborate with other students as they learn more about the steps to getting into law school.

“Cassie and I have been interested in law and there are a lot of steps in the process of going to law school and becoming a lawyer, so we just wanted to learn more and meet with other people who wanted to do the same,” Jebbia said.

This club is drawing in members to join and get to know more about law. Students may change their minds and be interested in law school after learning about it through the club.

“I would definitely recommend checking out our social media and just to find out more about law school because it is a really big career choice and it takes a lot out of a person, so I think the more information you have, the better,” Victoria Wyatt, senior theater major, said.

“This club is the perfect way to find out if this is a good career for you,” she said.

Wyatt, a current member of the club, is interested in law because lawyers are always working on something new and different, so she thinks it would be an interesting career.

The Pre Law Society will have various speakers and educational events to teach members about law and the application process for law schools.

Dallas Bonilla, sophomore speech communications major, helps find motivational speakers to come to ULV and talk to the club members.

“Ever since I was a little girl, whenever my parents asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up, it was always an attorney,” Bonilla, Pre Law Society vice president of outreach said.

“As I got older and more interested in it, I was just like ‘wow, this is something I really want to do,’” she said.

Bonilla wants to help other students to find their passion for law and organize events to guide them through the law school application process.

“I was in mock trial and I competed in the last regional competition (for the ULV debate team) the first weekend of February, and it really gave me more of a passion for law,” Bonilla said.

Pre Law Society had two motivation speakers at their events so far – Danielle Hunt, a current Chapman University law student, and Kelly Greer, senior associate director of admissions from Southwestern Law School.

Students interested in Pre Law Society and its events can look at the group’s social media – @ulvprelaw on Instagram, @ULV_Pre_Law on Twitter and ULV Pre Law Society on Facebook.

They can sign up for the email list at ulvprelaw@gmail.com.

The Pre Law Society will also be at the Earth Day Club Fair in the South Quad Wednesday.

Sierra Dasher can be contacted at sierra.dasher@laverne.edu.

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