Hon. Patricia L. West (ret.), Associate Dean of Career & Alumni Services, believes that Making the Pledge will both serve the needs of the community and challenge students. "Our commitment to community service underscores the mission of the Law School and University," said Judge West. "It also teaches students to apply theoretical academic knowledge to clients, which will better equip them for the bar exam, their future practice, and networking with legal professionals.”
With completion of the 50 hours, graduating students will receive a certificate from Career Services and acknowledgment in the Law Commissioning booklet.
CEFLER Co-Founder Ben Madison believes that the new initiative ties directly to CEFLER's mission as well. "Making the Pledge ties into the core of the values we seek to cultivate among our law students—the most central of which is service to others," said Madison. "We seek to cultivate a culture of service at our school and Making the Pledge is an avenue in which students can begin to see the difference they can make in the lives of others."