Wake Forest Law students, faculty and staff help host NCBA third annual minority pre-law conference

Jason Chung (JD ‘17) and Briana O’Neil (JD ‘18) joined with students from other North Carolina universities on March 18, 2017,  to offer perspectives on their legal education during a program designed to help minority students who may be considering law school.

Wake Forest Law hosted the North Carolina Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Committee, which presented its Third Annual Minority Pre-Law Conference, “Putting the Pieces Together: Is Law School the Right Fit?”

Chung and O’Neil joined student representatives from Elon and North Carolina Central universities on a panel, moderated by Petal Munroe of K&L Gates in Raleigh, to discuss the “Life of a Law Student: What I Wish I Had Known Before Law School.”

Chung graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in political science. He is currently a Business Law Fellow to Professor Omari Simmons. Chung worked for a tech start-up before coming to law school, and since has worked for the Comegno Law Group in New Jersey and Erdos Intellectually Property Law Firm in Winston Salem.

“I was honored to participate in the Minority Pre-Law Conference. I remember being in their position three years ago and I wish I would’ve been able to attend an event like this to hear what law school is like from actual law students.  To have the chance to give high school and college students advice, and hopefully encourage more minorities to attend law school, was an honor and opportunity I could not pass up.”

O’Neil graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of arts in public policy leadership and a minor in business administration. She previously worked as a legal intern at the Mississippi Center for Justice and as a summer associate at K&L Gates.  She is currently working in the law school’s Innocence and Justice Clinic and serves as a LAWR teaching assistant.

“It was a great experience to serve as a panelist and share my own experiences with current minority high school students and undergraduate students considering law school.  I remember being at this stage myself and all of the advice I received from mentors about the ins and outs of law school and the profession.  It was a great opportunity to turn around and give that advice back to the next group of law students who will continue to add diversity in a profession where minority groups are underrepresented.”

Former Outreach Director Beth Hopkins was one of the organizers for the event, which was supported by Jasmine Gregory (JD ‘18) and Tenika Neely (JD ‘17), while Professor Simone Rose conducted a mock class. Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77) and Assistant Dean of Admissions Jay Shively also participated in the event.