Wayne Law welcomes incoming class

Wayne State University Law School is pleased to welcome this year's incoming class to campus. Orientation for first-year Wayne Law students began last week at the Law School.

"We are pleased to welcome the entering class," said Wayne Law Dean Robert M. Ackerman. "The class of 2014 boasts a median LSAT score of 157 and a median GPA of 3.39. Class members bring with them a broad range of experience and qualifications. I look forward to meeting each of them over the next few years."

Students of the 181-member entering class represent 12 states (Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Texas and Utah) plus Washington, D.C., and five countries (Canada, India, Nigeria, Russia and the United States).

The undergraduate experience of students in the entering class includes more than 30 different majors and more than 45 colleges and universities. Some of these institutions include the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, the Ohio State University, Cornell University, the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Clark Atlanta University and Texas A&M University.

Admitted students are chosen by the Wayne Law Admissions Committee based on academic achievement, potential and a diverse array of personal attributes.

According to Ericka Jackson, assistant dean of admissions, the class of 2014 includes a number of individuals who carved unique paths to law school. These students include Shawn Blanchard, a South Bronx math teacher who opened his classroom and home to a then-struggling high school student and also co-founded a young men's program; Captain Tanzania Jaysura, a military captain who deferred her admission last year when she was deployed in Afghanistan; Wanda Mays, a 52-year-old student, single mother and Detroit native who recently celebrated her 35-year class reunion from Cass Tech High School; Angela Bajramaj, a stay-at-home mother of five; and Eric Shovein, a 2009 University of Michigan graduate who has already traveled abroad in furtherance of public interest and social justice law.

"Each class is unique and this year is no exception," Jackson said. "I look forward to watching these students grow and learn while making their mark on Wayne Law, the city of Detroit and the nation."

Shovein and Blanchard, like many of their peers, are eager to begin their journey at Wayne Law.

"I chose Wayne Law because of its outstanding reputation in the Michigan legal community, huge emphasis on public interest work and prime location in one of the country's most storied, hopeful and relevant communities in terms of public interest," Shovein said. "I'm excited to see what the next few years hold for me as a student, and I look forward to becoming a lawyer who can help people learn and understand their rights so they can avoid being taken advantage of in the future."

"I chose Wayne Law because it provides me with the opportunity to be right back in the community that raised me," said Blanchard, a Detroit native. "I have provided my services to communities outside my own and want to bring all my experiences and knowledge back to my roots. A legal education from Wayne Law will enable me to better serve the Detroit community. I love my city and I am glad to be back."

For more information, please contact the Law School Admissions Office at lawinquire@wayne.edu or (313) 577-3937.

Published: Tue, Aug 30, 2011