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      Delaware Law News

      Delaware Law welcomes the classes of 2020 and 2021

      Delaware Law orientation

      Delaware Law welcomed 207 new students and hosted a three-day orientation

      Long before the Delaware Law School hallways and parking lots filled for the start of the academic year, 48 first-year students were on campus getting a head start on their law school education.

      The Summer Advantage Program allowed the students to move onto campus in June and complete their first three credits before the fall semester. The students took Criminal Law taught by Professor Judith Ritter.

      Students who successfully complete the summer program can position themselves to gain practical experience earlier in their law school careers and can either graduate in a shorter period of time or lighten their course load for one semester.

      First-year student Paul Markovits praised the program.

      “By participating in the Summer Advantage Program, I was able to get a head start to my legal education,” Markovits said. “The summer program provided me the opportunity to focus on one class and get a firm understanding of Criminal Law that provided me with a firm foundation for the courses I am currently taking.”

      Markovits and his summer classmates were joined in August by the rest of the first-year class. The newest class boasts 207 students – 144 day students who complete their studies in three years and 63 evening students who complete their studies in four years.

      Students in the incoming class hail from 12 states – Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia – and the District of Columbia. They represent 100 colleges and universities and four branches of military.

      All were greeted with an orientation kick off on August 16.

      The three-day orientation featured instruction designed to help students achieve success in law school. Topics ranged from active reading strategies, case briefing, and note taking and outlining – all skills that are different in law school from undergraduate school.  Students also attended a session on the intersection of law, personal ethics, and the character and fitness standards of the profession.

      “It has been a great experience,” Markovits said.


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