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Cheyney University and Vermont Law School Partner to Offer New Opportunities to Pre-Law Students

April 6, 2014

Cheyney University (CU) of Pennsylvania has exciting news for pre-law students. CU recently signed a partnership agreement with Vermont Law School (VLS) that will allow qualified CU graduates to enter into Law School at VLS which, according to U.S. News & World Report, has the top-ranked environmental law program in the nation.

Cheyney University (CU) of Pennsylvania has exciting news for pre-law students. CU recently signed a partnership agreement with Vermont Law School (VLS) that will allow qualified CU graduates to enter into Law School at VLS which, according to U.S. News & World Report, has the top-ranked environmental law program in the nation.

Cheyney University (CU) of Pennsylvania has exciting news for pre-law students. CU recently signed a partnership agreement with Vermont Law School (VLS) that will allow qualified CU graduates to enter into Law School at VLS which, according to U.S. News & World Report, has the top-ranked environmental law program in the nation. The goal of the partnership is to expand the racial and ethnic diversity of the legal profession, and to equip traditionally under represented students with tools necessary to be successful law school candidates.

Under the terms of the pact, each fall representatives from VLS will attend Cheyney’s Career Fair and meet prospective students in the pre-law program. Then in the spring, select CU juniors and seniors will participate in a VLS sponsored Application Preparation Workshop.

Each year, one CU senior will be selected to participate in VLS’s Summer Jump Start Program free of charge. The program addresses the fundamental mechanics of how to study the law which, experts say, is different from an undergraduate educational experience when it comes to the reading assignments, the classroom dynamic, the purpose of classes and the professors’ expectations. Jump Start will reportedly help the Cheyney student better understand how law school “works”, and how to read, analyze, and interpret judge-made and statutory law.

To participate in the partnership, applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 and a strong showing on the LSAT. They must also pass annual fitness and character reviews, and demonstrate participation in volunteer service and leadership activities. If they are accepted, students will receive scholarships from $5,000 up to full tuition for their first two semesters at Vermont Law.

“At Vermont Law, we believe that we should be training the next generation of leaders who will make a difference in their communities and in the world,” says Shirley Jefferson, Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity at Vermont Law.

"I am extremely pleased to participate in this future-oriented partnership with Vermont Law School," said Cheyney University President Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital. “I am very proud of this collaboration. Vermont Law School is first in the nation in environmental law, and offers masters programs in environmental policy. This is a great opportunity for talented students at Cheyney University and I look forward to the first student taking advantage of this opportunity.”

VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees; and three post-JD degrees. It is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic.