Recently, a group of seventh and eighth graders from St. Columba Catholic School in San Diego got a chance to visit and tour California Western School of Law.
The tour was the idea of Adjunct Prof. Anne Bautista ’97, who teaches the students in an elective course on healthy relationships at St. Columba.
“I surveyed the class and asked how many of them have thought about or have some desire to go to law school or become a lawyer,” said Bautista who’s primary job is as VAWA Program Director for Access, Inc. in San Diego. “Several raised their hands which was impressive. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce the law to students early not only to educate them on the law but to spark their interest in the law,” continued Bautista.
Laurie Farid, Academic Affairs Coordinator at Cal Western, organized the visit bringing together multiple departments in the law school for the benefit of the students. One of Cal Western’s student ambassadors gave the tour as the group visited classrooms, career services, and other parts of the law school. The students were also told about the admissions process and were taken through some sample LSAT questions.
“The tour was very interactive,” said Bautista, “and the students asked lots of questions.”
The visit ended with a lunch for the students in the Roy Bell Reading Room, with each student receiving a special Cal Western swag bag.
Asked about their impressions of the law school and of a career in law, one of the students commented, "I thought it was interesting to hear about different careers and why someone would choose a law career. It was nice to hear that being happy and passionate about what you do is important."
Rea Lascina, the mother of one of the students who accompanied the group, found the experience quite an eye-opener. “The tour was wonderful. I wish it were something I could have been exposed to when I was that age,” she admitted.
As the group got ready to leave Lascina concluded on a somewhat prophetic note.
“As they get older this is something hopefully they’ll remember and realize that there are many things they can do with the skills that they have learned.”