Sunday, February 22, 2015
We just began our third annual LSAT prep course. This course and the growth of our pre-law program is a result of the university honoring Justice Revius Ortique when the new professional schools building was opened. We launched the Ortique courtroom and hosted the first Ortique lecture on law and society in 2010 with Attorney General Eric Holder. This past December the speaker was Benjamin Crump.
The main challenge facing students of color is having no experience with the LSAT prior to taking it, therefore the scores are low (with African Americans the lowest). For the first two years the average score increased by 10 points for all completers, with a 14 point increase for students who fully engaged in the course.
This year we're starting with 19 students (almost all juniors)! Thanks to the support of alums and friends who have made this experience possible for our students. So we're expecting a big group entering law school for the fall of 2016.
Monday, February 16, 2015
It doesn't take long to get used to Mardi Gras. Just a great time to celebrate life, friends and family. The parades are great because it is a chance to see all of the high school and college bands perform. HBCUs are very prominent in the mix. This year we saw bands from Southern University, Talladega College, Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University. They are always crowd favorites.
And of course a highlight is catching all the beads and the like. Of course it helps when you get to sit in the Mayor's box (these two are going to be spoiled!)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
We're deep in the Mardi Gras season- balls, parades, King Cake- you name it. New Orleans is an interesting place to live during this season. It was really easy to get used to it, as I think the culture here is one of the endearing qualities.
Monday, February 2, 2015
As part of the Bleu Devil Classic Weekend, we hosted prospective honors students from across the nation, hoping to convince them to attend Dillard. A very strong group with diverse interests, they had a full weekend of activities. This is definitely a good event for us, one that I believe we can grow in the future.