The number of activities you can choose to be involved in during law school seem endless. When I started at KU Law, I was overwhelmed asking myself questions like, "Which groups should I join? How many? Which groups will help me handle law school? Do any groups continue after law school?" And, of course, the question I ask myself everyday, "Do I have time?!"
Joining Phi Alpha Delta was the solution. Phi Alpha Delta (P.A.D.) is an international law fraternity that provides benefits both while in law school and once you are out in the professional world. P.A.D. has a large network of student and alumni chapters and allows members to be involved as much or as little as they choose. One of the main things that drew me to join P.A.D. was the ability to provide through just one organization the many things I knew would be hard to keep up with while in law school: philanthropic activities, social events, leadership involvement, and professional development.
P.A.D. seeks to advance integrity, compassion and courage through service to the student, the school, the profession, and the community. The KU Law chapter of P.A.D. has a lot of exciting things planned this upcoming school year. We recently completed our first outline advice meeting, and will be holding a finals advice meeting later this month. P.A.D. also is planning an upcoming social event after the 1Ls finish their last open memos. In the spring semester, P.A.D. will host a powder puff football tournament, participate in Relay for Life, hold a session with interview preparation tips, and much more. Our social, philanthropy, alumni relations, and academic committees are a great way to get involved without having to dedicate too much of your much-needed study time.
New members are welcome to join P.A.D. anytime, and there will be an initiation early next spring. Above all, the best thing about P.A.D. is that everything we do involves spending time with some really great law students, who quickly have become my best friends in law school.
— Genni Hursh is president of the KU Law chapter of Phi Alpha Delta.
Labels: law school experience, Phi Alpha Delta, philanthropy, professional development, student involvement