YourExcellence-ness wrote:IMAPCA.. You mentioned graduation from the program. What is that like.. who speaks and do you get any special tokens at graduation or during the program period?
It was a simple graduation ceremony where everyone got a certificate of completion. The hosting dean spoke as well as one of the graduates who I believe was selected by the TAs. It was very formal and the entire faculty who taught and the office staff were in attendance. I can't say this is the norm but they didn't recognize anyone who was top 10% or top graduate or anything like that. I thought that was a good thing because in reality everyone worked hard and earned the recognition as graduates. Just to make the 80 cut among hundreds of people applying to the program is a HUGE honor. I know I felt honored because I honestly felt I didn't deserve it over those who may had better credential!
There were no special tokens issued but they (actually the TAs) did, in a humorous way, recognized some students who were characteristically unforgetable or stood out in terms of something that's associated with them while in the program. Kinda like high school where you had "most likely to succeed", "most likely to be a Supreme Court justice", "best dressed", "most congenial", etc. It was all for laughs and most of them were fitting! I think they even did the same for some of the faculty too!
I forgot to mention that you will also have access to TAs who are also current law students. We had two for our hosting site. They were very cool, helpful, friendly, and instrumental to our success. They were available for us if we needed assistance on assignments.