Whittier Law School, Dean Daar Featured in OC Lawyer Cover Story

OC Lawyer, November 3, 2016

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Whittier Law School and its dean, Judith Daar, are featured prominently in the cover story of the November 2016 edition of OC Lawyer, the magazine of the Orange County Bar Association. In remarks penned by their respective leaders, the article profiles each of Orange County’s four ABA-accredited law schools, including Whittier.

Noting that 2016 marks Whittier’s 50th anniversary, Dean Daar spoke of the school’s ongoing mission to provide opportunities for women and non-traditional students to enter the legal profession. Nearly 60 percent of this year’s entering class is female and 64 percent come from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Dean Daar also highlighted Whittier’s emphasis on experiential learning through externship, clinic, and simulation classroom opportunities designed to transition students into successful careers after graduation.

“The breadth of roles our graduates play in today’s society spans the legal spectrum and beyond; the Whittier law degree has propelled graduates into careers as judges, law firm partners, prosecutors, public defenders, corporate counsel, venture capitalists, talent agents, political candidates for national office, and more,” she said.

The changing demands of law practice and legal education mean law schools must be ready to adapt, Dean Daar said, and Whittier is up to the challenge, as evidenced by the past year’s curriculum revisions designed to enhance student outcomes in the classroom and on the bar exam. That continuing improvement, coupled with an engaged faculty, help define the Whittier experience.

“I am so proud of our outstanding professors whose dedication to teaching, scholarship and community service is exemplary,” Dean Daar said. “Watching each of them nimbly navigate their roles as instructors, mentors, and academics is thrilling and inspiring, particularly when our students and alumni laud the significant influence one or more faculty member had in their lives.”

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