July 18, 2014 – Students admitted to the University of Houston Law Center Class of 2017 met future classmates and mingled with professors and staff during an afternoon designed to acquaint them with all the school has to offer.
About 70 students and their guests were welcomed first by Interim Dean Richard M. Alderman and later by incoming Dean Leonard M. Baynes who will assume his duties with the start of the new school year.
Alderman told the prospective students they had already made one great decision by choosing law as a career. “It’s a phenomenal profession,” he said. “You are going to be the ones who make sure our whole system works.” He urged them to make a second wise decision by choosing the Law Center over any number of other schools that are likely trying to recruit them. “You won’t find a faculty that cares as much about you and what you learn.”
Alderman told the prospective students that the quantity and quality of courses taught at the Law Center is unequalled and the school offers something else others can’t match – its location in Houston with the most vibrant legal community in the country. Many of the nation’s best lawyers practice here, he said, and they are eager to share their expertise as adjunct professors. “There are opportunities here that you wouldn’t have anywhere else,” he said in concluding his remarks and wishing them well as they embark on their legal careers.
Professor Darren Bush then conducted a lively mock class – “Contract Law in 15 minutes”– to give prospective students an introduction to legal studies. Kourtney James Perry, assistant director of Career Development, briefed students on services available to help find summer internships and permanent positions, and Sondra Tennessee, associate dean for Student Affairs, outlined what to expect in the first year of law school.
The afternoon ended with a reception attended by current students, faculty, staff, and the new dean who welcomed the students and noted, “As incoming dean, I will be starting this journey with you.” Baynes begins his tenure with the start of the fall semester, Aug. 15.