University of Wisconsin Law School Building Tour

University of Wisconsin Law School Building Tour

Rebecca Scheller: Welcome to the University
of Wisconsin Law School. And thanks for joining us for today’s tour. My name is Rebecca Scheller, and I’m the assistant
dean for admissions and financial aid. I’d like to introduce your tour guides: Paul
Borovay and Erica Zurawsky. So enjoy the tour, and On Wisconsin. Paul: Thanks, Rebecca. Hi, I’m Paul. Erica: And I’m Erica. Paul: I’m originally from California and went
to the University of California-Berkeley, and I worked for a consulting firm in D.C.
for a year, joined the Peace Corps in Ecuador for two years, and then toured in a band and
wrote screenplays for another two years, and now I’m at the UW Law School. Erica: Unlike Paul, I’m Wisconsin born and
bred. I’m a double Badger. I went here for undergrad, and I decided to
stay in Wisconsin because I love it, and because Wisconsin Law School gave me the opportunity
to travel abroad, both to Giessen, Germany, after my 1L year, and to Bangkok, Thailand,
last summer. Paul: We are now in the student association
organization hallway. We have over 30 on campus, actually. We have the Black Law Student Association,
we have a Middle Eastern group, we have the Latino group, which I’m a part of. Anything you could possibly want to be a part
of–we’ve got it. Erica: You’re forgetting about the Women’s
Law Student Association. Paul: We have a women’s group–an association,
actually. And Stuart’s Law Review. It’s kind of a funny group, even if you’re
not funny, you should join. Erica: It’s a lot of fun … and I’m a member
of the Student Bar Association. Erica: Welcome to the Appellate Courtroom. It actually serves as a classroom as well,
and I took Criminal Procedure here. This appellate courtroom is used for the moot
court team to practice in. In addition to moot court, we also have a
mock trial team. The moot court and mock trial teams have the
opportunity to travel all across the country–New York, Louisiana, Las Vegas–to compete. Erica: I’m standing outside of the Dean’s
Suite. Our current dean is Dean Margaret Raymond,
and she’s incredibly committed and very involved in the law school. She holds office hours, so if you want to
grab a cup of coffee or grab some tea with the dean, you can do that, and just chat with
her. She also holds talks for the current students
on legal writing and exam writing, what it’s like to be a 1L. She even serves ice cream at the end of the
semester’s SBA ice cream social. She’s a really great dean. She really fosters the welcoming and warm
environment that we have here at Wisconsin. Paul: Right now we’re in the Quarles & Brady
Reading Room. It’s one of the several rooms in the Law School
that doesn’t allow laptops. So if you don’t like the clicking of the laptop
or someone talking really loudly like I’m talking right now, this would be a great place
for you to study. Behind me we actually have a fantastic painting
that was done by John Steuart Curry. ‘The Freeing of the Slaves’ was painted in
1942. It was originally intended for the Department
of Justice in Washington, D.C., but was rejected as too controversial. The dean of our law school, Lloyd Garrison,
the grandson of the famous abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, then commissioned Curry to
paint the mural in our library. Every day we pass this mural, it reminds us
of the Law School’s historic and deep-seated commitment to egalitarianism and social justice. Paul: This is the Habush, Habush & Rottier
Reading Room. We’re still in the library. This is actually my favorite place to study. It’s got beautiful glass windows that allow
you to look at historic Bascom Mall, and down the way the Capitol of Wisconsin. There are dozens of courts and government
offices at the city, county, state and federal levels, all within a mile of the Law School. They provide rich opportunities for externships
and other legal work. Erica: The Law School is also centrally located,
as Paul said, on the historic Bascom Hill. Right across the way is the School of Education,
with the red doors, which serves a great cup of joe. It’s a great opportunity to take advantage
of a dual degree program with the School of Ed. In addition, across the street is the School
of Business, where you can get a J.D.-M.B.A. dual degree. In addition, you can pick and choose, and
make your own dual degree if you so wish. Paul: And especially being on a large university
campus, you can take classes outside of the Law School. So I’m actually taking advantage of a scholarship
that I applied for and was awarded from the federal government that allows me to study
Portuguese and more international business so that I can utilize that language when I
graduate. Erica: The SBA plans lots of fun events for
the student body. We do Barrister’s Ball if you want to get
your law school prom on. We also have the Dean’s Cup Bash, which is
a competition with the Med School, and we do flag football, soccer …
Paul: Badminton? Erica: I don’t know if we do badminton. Paul: We probably … if not this year, next
year. Erica: I don’t know. We do baking, but I don’t know if we do badminton. Paul: Yeah, probably not. Erica: We also have the Law School cane toss
for 3Ls who are about to graduate. Before the homecoming football game, you are
given a bowler hat and a cane, and if you throw your cane and catch it over the field
goal. If you catch it, it means supposedly you’ll
win your first case. Paul: And I caught it, and my offer of employment
was contingent on it. Erica: And I did not catch mine, but I hit
someone, so it does have to count for something. Paul: For something. Erica: Yeah. Erica: And this is the SBA president’s cane
for the cane toss. Each president gets to carve their name into
it, so that’s a cool piece of history. Erica: I’m now in front of the Career Services
office, which is a great resource. They help edit cover letters and resumes. They also help us look for job opportunities. There’s an on-campus and an off-campus interviewing
process for law firms, both within Wisconsin and outside of Wisconsin. They also help with public interest jobs,
private sector jobs, government jobs, and they help with internships and externships. Additionally something that’s super unique
to Madison is that we have a huge alumni base, both from the Law School and the undergraduate
community, so if you’re interested in a specific area of law or working a specific state, we
can put you into contact with those alumni. And if you even want to get out of the country,
I was able to travel to Bangkok and work for a firm in downtown Bangkok, which was really
neat. Paul: I’m outside the Frank J. Remington Center,
which houses our prison-based clinics and other criminal justice clinics. We also have the Center for Patient Partnerships,
focusing on health policy, education, advocacy and research; the Economic Justice Institute,
housing our civil-based clinics; and the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, located just a
few blocks away. The Wisconsin hallmark is ‘law in action’
and all of the clinics really live up to that. Wisconsin does an incredible job, preparing
you to be a successful attorney, transforming you as a student and transforming the community
as a whole. Paul: Wisconsin’s got it all. We have the government. We have the university. We have the Department of Natural Resources,
which is still part of the government. We have externships, internships, moot court,
mock trial, Law Review–anything you could possibly want, Madison’s got it. Erica: Madison also has a great social scene. If you enjoy grabbing a beer on the Terrace,
there’s a great lake to do that with. And also, there’s a lot of fun lake activities
to do. If you like canoeing, or sailing, or kayaking. And also, as Paul didn’t know, since he’s
from California, the lake actually freezes over. Paul: So I picked up ice fishing and sturgeon
spearing, which … we should go. Erica: I also snowboard and ski. There’s also fun places to go within the city. There are a lot of great concert venues. Paul knows, since he’s a musician. Paul: There, there is … she knows. Erica: I enjoy good music as well. And we have great cheese curds, which if you’re
not from Wisconsin, you don’t know about cheese curds? Just another reason to come. Paul: It’s a great vegetarian option. Erica: We hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of
the Law School. Paul: We enjoyed showing you around and talking
about some of the places and experiences that make UW Law a great place. Erica: If you have any questions, feel free
to contact the admissions office. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you, and …
Paul and Erica: On, Wisconsin!

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5 thoughts on “University of Wisconsin Law School Building Tour

  1. Excellent video on the University of Wisconsin Law School and have many international students there I would like to apply for that university and for that I must prepare all the requirements and one of the most important is to present a good essay of admission so I will seek professional advice and The Ivy League is a good option there is the service like ivyresearch and this helps a lot to prepare a good admission test

  2. I'm over here in Reno Nv I'm currently attending community college to then go to the University of Nevada Reno to then make my way to University of Madison Wisconsin to go to law school. It's a long dream of mine.

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