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      Commonwealth Law News

      School Welcomes 108 First-Year Students

      Commonwealth Law News

      "Welcome to the Profession" Ceremony

      Widener Law Commonwealth welcomed 108 students to the legal profession in the “Welcome to the Profession” ceremony held on campus.

      Mikhaeil “Michael” Awad, an incoming first-year law student at Widener Law Commonwealth, understands the magnitude of what he is about to take on as a law student, because he is already a lawyer.

      Originally from Syria, Awad completed his legal studies at Tishreen University before leaving his country due to the ongoing war. Awad and his twin brother went first to Russia and then to America in 2014 to stay with family in New Jersey.

      Awad didn’t know any English when he arrived in the United States, but he knew that his dream was to attend law school so that he could practice law again.

      “When I was a child, my friends would call on me to resolve their issues,” said Awad. “They would each present their argument, I would listen, and after careful deliberation, I would have my ‘decision.’ Most of the time both parties loved my proposal and went with it, resulting in everyone being happy. This appealed to me. I wanted to take this and make it my life.”

      Widener Law Commonwealth’s good reputation, small class size and the proximity to family made the law school the right choice for Awad.

      Awad was one of 108 new students at Widener Law Commonwealth to take the oath of professionalism in a ceremony welcoming new students to the legal profession.

      Katherine Riggleman-Thomas, Esq., a 2014 alumna, encouraged the students in attendance to be kind to one another and to guard their reputation as they go through their studies. Other bits of advice she provided: ask questions, talk to professors, find a study group and take advantage of all networking opportunities.

      The Hon. John E. Jones, III, a U.S. judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, administered the oath of professionalism to the incoming students and also provided words of advice that encouraged the students to seek a balance in their lives and to find a routine.

      “It is important for you to set a schedule and work hard,” he said. “It starts today. Today you become professionals. “

      Click here to view the pictures from the “Welcome to the Profession” event at Commonwealth Law.


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