Judge Prado Addresses Incoming Students at Matriculation Ceremony

Orientation 2010 was highlighted by the annual Matriculation Ceremony featuring an inspirational address by Judge Edward Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

The ceremony opened with remarks by Dean Kent Syverud who stressed the need for the entering class to practice professionalism throughout their law school career. Judge Edward Prado talked about his career path to becoming a judge, including the nomination process. He noted that a legal education can open many doors, especially if someone is willing to consider different options.

Other Orientation activities included small group discussions and a panel on professionalism and ethics, community service projects, a student organization fair, a networking luncheon, and various informational sessions. Mini courses were offered in such subjects as: Introduction to Law and Its Study, Common Law Evolution: A Torts Example, Interpreting Statutory Law, International Law, Constitutional Law, and Introduction to Civil Procedure.

International students enrolled in the LL.M. Program in United States Law also had the opportunity to tour the St. Louis County jail and probate court and meet with Judge Mark Seigel.