Moravian student attends special winter academy
Earlier this year, Elly Mendez ’15 attended the LAWbound Winter Academy in New York City, hosted by LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
During the week of the LAWbound Winter Academy (January 7 to 11), Mendez had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with admissions counselors from several ABA accredited law schools. She also went on daily field trips, including touring the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, visiting a well-known corporate law firm in the city, Latham and Watkins, and sitting in on courtroom cases.
Ever since her junior year of high school, when she had the opportunity to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C., Mendez has been interested in pursuing a career in the law. However, Mendez admits that at times she has doubted her ability to complete law school and have a successful career, in part because of her Hispanic heritage.
LAWbound helped to allay that fear. LAWbound’s specific goal is “to increase the number of Latinos who successfully stay on the path to law school.”
Mendez says, “They really push you, and say that you can do it!” As a result of attending LAWbound, Mendez is now planning to attend the LSAT prep course offered by Nelson Test Prep this upcoming summer.
Mendez says her goal is to successfully complete her B.A. in political science at Moravian College, and then immediately attend law school. Virginia O’Connell, assistant professor of sociology and one of Mendez’s professors, has no doubt that she is able to accomplish this: “I think Elly will be a wonderful lawyer. She has a quick mind — the intellectual capacity needed to study law — but more importantly, she has the personal integrity necessary to truly be an advocate for the people.”
“My experience with LAWbound overall was very, very great,” concludes Mendez, and she encourages other students to take advantage of opportunities like this one. O’Connell believes that Mendez has “served as a wonderful representative of our institution,” and hopes that she has “opened the door for other Moravian students to attend the LAWBound academy.”