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Students Arrive for Orientation 2015

August 27, 2015 —

“This is a great day. … This is the day when you begin your legal education,” Dean William M. Treanor told a group of energetic and happy 1L students on August 26 during Orientation Week 2015. “This is a day you will remember for the rest of your lives.”

New law students are entering a remarkable profession, Treanor said, and in a remarkable place — at Georgetown Law and in Washington, D.C. While every group of new Hoyas is outstanding (the entering J.D. class once again has the highest median GPA ever), many notable people once started out at the Law Center, as Treanor reminded the crowd on Wednesday night. 

“It’s extraordinary the people who have sat where you are sitting today,” Treanor said, naming among others Sen. Patrick Leahy (L’64, H’94), D-Vt., Sen. Mazie Hirono (L’78), D-Hawaii; Michael Steele (L’91), former chairman of the Republican National Committee; former senator and current presidential candidate Jim Webb (L’75), D-Va.; Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren (L’79, LL.M.’83, H’13); NBC’s Savannah Guthrie (L’02) and John Podesta (L’76), a counselor to President Obama who now chairs Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. “There’s really no area in which you won’t find Georgetown graduates making a great difference, and that’s your heritage.” 

Associate Dean Naomi Mezey was on hand to tell new Hoyas something about Treanor, their new law dean. “He wants to hear from you. … It’s absolutely the case that Dean Treanor is committed to making your experience here excellent and your employment opportunities vast,” Mezey said.  

At the conclusion of the event, Treanor gave some valuable advice to the new J.D. students — 531 full time and 47 part-time — as they launch their legal careers. Say thank you to those who have helped you. Give back to those who will come after you. Keep a sense of perspective. And honor the traditions of Georgetown Law. “All of you are here because you are committed to make a better place; that’s at the core of who we are,” Treanor said. “You have different dreams. But we’re here to make your dreams a reality. And all we ask is that you dream greatly.”

Thinking globally

Many members of Georgetown Law’s administration, faculty and staff have been involved in Orientation Week, giving talks and tours of the campus and city to welcome new students. On Thursday, for instance, students could tour a juvenile detention center with Professor Kristin Henning or the Organization of American States with Professor Joe Page.

Also during in the week, Treanor, Associate Dean Nan Hunter and members of the Graduate Programs team helped welcome many of the 578 students coming for the LL.M., S.J.D., M.S.L., and stand-alone certificate programs. Two hundred and four of the graduate students are U.S.-trained and 374 are foreign trained, making Georgetown a truly global place. 

“If you are a tax student, don’t make the mistake of not connecting with tax lawyers from Brazil. If you are an environmental student, don’t make the mistake of not connecting with a student from Peru,” Hunter told the U.S.-trained LL.M. students at their Orientation on Tuesday. “Those are going to be people who can open doors, refer clients, provide you with a richness of knowledge that is absolutely going to help you in your future professional career — and enrich your personal life as well.”

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