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84 first-year students arrive for orientation

August 23, 2019

Liberty Law kicked-off the 2019-2020 year with the arrival of 84 new students on August 5, 2019.  They began their law school journey with the two-week orientation entitled “Set Your SAILS.” The SAILS program, an acronym for “Systematic Approach to Integrated Legal Studies” is designed to introduce and prepare students for the rigors of law school and the practice of law.

On the first evening of orientation, the first-year (1L) students attended the annual Professionalism Ceremony where they took a professionalism oath in which they pledged to “conduct (their) academic, professional, and personal (lives) to honor the values and standards that are expressed in the Liberty University School of Law Student Handbook, the Virginia State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct, and others shared by the legal profession.” Immediately following the ceremony, students heard from Dean Keith Faulkner and mingled with faculty at the Dean’s Reception.

Additionally, the SAILS orientation included a visit with the Honorable Norman K. Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. They also had the opportunity to meet with the Honorable William G. Petty, Virginia Court of Appeals, and the Honorable F. Patrick Yeatts of the 24th Judicial Circuit in Virginia.

Continuing a tradition of service, the 1L students had the chance to give back to the Lynchburg community at Liberty Law’s annual Day of Service. They painted walls and trim work at the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, sorted clothing at the Salvation Army, and made sandwiches for Daily Bread.

Upon the conclusion of orientation, Dean Faulkner announced the continuation of the “Better Practice Series.” Begun last year, the series has a specific focus for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls and includes topics such as professionalism and civility, leadership, and transition to practice, respectively. Past guest speakers for the series include The Honorable William G. Petty of the Virginia Court of Appeals, Monica Monday, managing partner of Gentry Locke, and David Neumeyer, Executive Director of the Virginia Legal Aid Society. Last year’s launching of the series with the 1L class was a tremendous success and attending students found the ability to ask questions of seasoned professionals to be valuable.

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