Student Opinion: Law society more than club, ideal for future

Spinnaker

Last March, a new group of officers were elected to lead the Pre-Law Student Society (PLSS). We threw ourselves into making the Society better organized, more effective and efficient – quickly ordering T-shirts, making signs and banners, printing fliers and advertising like mad during the last month of the Spring 2008 semester.

During the summer and fall, we grew into a strong Cabinet that created a plan for the upcoming semester to steer PLSS towards student awareness and member engagement.

Since last March, the PLSS’s attendance tripled, due in part to an event in September called “Debate 08.” The society came together to put on a campus-wide debate designed to educate students about the upcoming elections, but also about the PLSS. The event encouraged students to become involved in and educated about the issues surrounding the history-making 2008 elections.

The incredibly successful event brought more than 300 students to the tent, picking up flyers and signing up for more information.

For the Spring 2008 semester, the PLSS has two main events planned for the student body.

The first is a partnership with the Student Organization for Isreal (SOFI), hosting a judge to discuss the legal system in Florida, his ascent to the judicial bench and his views on political advocacy.

There will be a BBQ on the Green too.

The hope is that this event will be, regardless of political persuasion, an opportunity to learn about and pursue social change in an effort to make a better world through law and the legal system, as well as government and policy.

The other event, “What Lawyers Do,” will take place Feb. 27. Hosted by the Pre-Law Program, this event is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about what lawyers do on a daily basis. It will be a great opportunity for students who are considering the legal profession as a career.

PLSS is not just a club, it is a unique group of students who have decided early on to pursue a career in law. As a young college student who wants to go to law school, I am gaining today the tools I will one day need to succeed in my future career.

E-mail Arielle Schneider at [email protected]