Welcoming New Students to Georgetown Law

August 28, 2014 — On August 25-29, the Georgetown Law community welcomed 581 new J.D. Hoyas, 450 new LL.M.s and six new SJDs to campus during Orientation Week 2014.

“I’ve been hearing about you since last September,” said Dean William M. Treanor, as he and Associate Dean Peter Byrne greeted J.D. students Wednesday night. Treanor noted that Dean of Admissions Andrew Cornblatt kept him apprised of the stellar applications coming across his desk, telling him “what you achieved…and why it’s important to bring you here to Georgetown Law.”

This latest group of J.D.s, who have the highest undergraduate grade point average of an entering class in Georgetown Law's history, hail from 43 states and 218 colleges and universities. Earlier in the week, Treanor, Associate Dean Nan Hunter and Assistant Dean Caryn Voland were among those welcoming the LL.M. students, who come from 63 countries including the United States.

“This is a school that’s making a difference in so many ways,” Treanor told the U.S.-trained LL.M. students, noting that he had just come from D.C. Central Kitchen, where he lent a hand to the 1Ls during their Orientation Service Projects. “There is so much that is going on at the Law Center right now … and you are really at the core of it.”

And there was a lot more to follow on Thursday, as more than 50 faculty members and deans took students on 13 tours around the city, gave seven talks back at the Law Center or helped present the moot court of Elonis v. United States on Thursday night. The tours ranged from a visit to Capitol Hill’s historic district with Associate Dean Peter Byrne to a tour of the C&O Canal with Assistant Dean Vicki Arroyo and Professor Hope Babcock. Meanwhile, Dean of Students Mitch Bailin and other staff members gave expert advice on everything from successfully surviving law school to participating in externships. 

Caleb Graves (L’17), a graduate of the University of Texas and a Teach for America alum, chose to attend a talk by Professor Phil Schrag and Eric Manga on the work of the Center for Applied Legal Studies, one of Georgetown Law’s 17 clinics. “The really big problems with the asylum court, the random assignments, really just drew me in,” said Graves, who recently read Asylum Denied, co-authored by Schrag, telling the story of CALS client David Ngaruri Kenney’s struggle in the U.S. asylum system. “I’m definitely interested to learn more about it.”

Graves also attended the Wednesday night welcome by the dean, an event for which he had high praise. “It [made] me really feel like I’m at the right place,” he said. “It feels good to be here.”

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