WSC hosts annual Law/Grad Workshop

Kadra Sommersted, Staff Writer

Wayne State College is offering a Law/Grad Workshop October 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Connell Hall, room 131.

The Law/Grad Workshop is offered once a school year for students to prepare for applying to graduate or law schools and learn about the process. This program has been offered for many years. It usually takes place during the fall.

“It’s going to be a number of professors here at the college who have experience going into grad school,” said Eric Colvard Assistant
Professor of History. “We’re just going to give advice on the steps
to take for it. Which can be a little more complicated than one would

“You don’t have to sign up for it,” said Colvard. “Anyone is welcome
to come in.”

Colvard said that there will be paperwork to get into the workshop,
but it’s not too bad. Graduate schools often have a lot more hoops
to go through to get into them, and if planning in advance is not done
well, it often won’t work out for the student, said Colvard.

“Most, perhaps all graduate programs, you have to have letters of
recommendation,” said Colvard. “You can’t really ask for those a
week in advance of the due date. Some professors are difficult to get
them from.”

Not only do graduate schools have letters of recommendation the student has to make sure they get, but there are application fees that
are about $50, said Colvard.

Getting ready for graduate school is something that students have to
start working on several months in advance; and if the student doesn’t
know that until it’s too late, their graduate school education and experience will be delayed for a year, said Colvard.

“We want everybody to kind of have eyes wide open on the process,”
said Colvard.

It’s not to scare people, but it’s to help students have someone to
talk to that have been through the process already, said Colvard.

“All of the faculty here have students, some of whom are interested
in going on to grad school or law school,” said Dan Miller Associate
Professor of Psychology. “Some are going to decide ‘I want this. I’m
going to continue my education.’”

“Students are welcome to come and go as needed,” said Miller.

There is an understanding of students’ busy schedules and lives, so
if the class goes over the predicted hour, they are allowed to step out as needed, said Miller.

Depending on the faculty member, students may receive information
packets to help students find valuable information and resources,
said Miller.