One hundred thirty students representing 55 undergraduate institutions, 36 undergraduate majors and an array of professional backgrounds have joined Mercer Law School as the Class of 2015. First year students spent three days in orientation and one full week in an Intro to the Study of Law class to help prepare for their next three years in Law School.
The class is comprised of 28 percent students of color, 52 percent women and three veterans. Students range in age from 20 to 48, with the average age being 25.
Numerous students have backgrounds in philanthropic and nonprofit service including volunteer and work experience with the Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Alzheimer’s Care Community, among many others. This is also a very talented athletic group as members have been involved with football, softball, water polo, baseball, swimming, golf, salsa dancing, figure skating, Division I tennis, wresting, track and field and intramural sports.
Additionally, Mercer Law School welcomed its first incoming class for a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Federal Criminal Practice and Procedure, the only program of its kind in the nation. The one-year advanced legal degree program is designed for students interested in careers in federal criminal practice as prosecutors, federal defenders, or private defense counselors. The inaugural class of eight students comprised of both recent law graduates and experienced attorneys from Georgia, Utah, Texas and South Carolina began the LL.M. program on Monday, Aug. 20.