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The Wilmington University School of Law’s Inaugural Class

President Dr. LaVerne Harmon (front row, far left), Board of Trustees Chairman Judge Joseph Farnan Jr.
(back row, far left), and Dean Phillip Closius (back row, far right) welcome the law school’s inaugural class.

Wilmington University School of Law welcomed its inaugural class in August during festive and robust student and faculty orientations. Wilmington University President Dr. LaVerne Harmon offered personal greetings to each student, followed by inspirational welcome remarks. Dean Phillip Closius offered introductions and led workshops. Board of Trustees Chairman Judge Joseph Farnan Jr. administered the Honor Code Oath to students, and the law school’s advisory board presented a vision for the future Delaware legal community.

Five other Delaware lawyers talked to the students about the transition from law school to practice. Law faculty and staff presented additional workshops covering the challenges of law school, legal research, wellness and balance, and other topics. Several WilmU representatives offered helpful information to law students, including accessibility services, campus safety, and financial aid. On the final evening, students enjoyed dinner with members of the legal community. 

“We celebrate this major milestone and the first class of the Wilmington University School of Law.” — Dr. Laverne Harmon

“This is a historic time for our University,” says Dr. Harmon. “We celebrate this major milestone and the first class of the Wilmington University School of Law. Like all of us at WilmU, Dean Closius puts students first, and I know he will lead our law school with integrity and respect.”               

“We couldn’t be happier with our 20-person first class,” says Dean Closius. “The class epitomizes the mission and values of both Wilmington University and the School of Law.”   

—Maria Hess

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