Many adjunct professors of the University of Miami School of Law have generously contributed over $80,000 to the Adjunct Faculty Scholarship Fund. Since its inception in the fall of 2011, three $5,000 need-based scholarships have been awarded to outstanding Litigation Skills students, and twenty $2,500 scholarships to deserving third-year students to defer the costs of Florida Bar preparation courses.
"We've had a wonderful response," said Douglas K. Bischoff, Associate Dean for Adjunct Faculty. "The amounts donated and the large number of Adjuncts who supported this scholarship fund reaffirms the absolute commitment that the Adjunct Faculty has to the Law School and our students."
Forty-six adjuncts contributed part or their entire honorarium in support of the scholarship and will be saluted in a full-page ad in the Daily Business Review on June 18.
"We are very pleased at the support of the Litigation Skills faculty in assisting the program's recognition of outstanding student performance," said Professor Laurence M. Rose, Director of the Litigation Skills Program. "Their monetary generosity complements their valuable time commitment, but recognizes those who have 'gone the extra mile' to insure that our most successful students are acknowledged in a way whichhelps them to choose a career path in litigation."
Three more $5,000 awards are reserved for the Fall 2012 semester and future funds received in 2012-2013 will be used for the 2013 (Spring and Fall) Awards.
"Being a lawyer is so much more than memorizing a bunch of black letter law, but to practice law, it is required," said Tyler Kirk, JD '12. "This is why graduates from law school dedicate themselves to studying for the bar exam. But, the necessary preparation for the exam comes at a price. The selfless generosity demonstrated by the adjunct faculty through their scholarship fund will help many UM Lawgrads achieve their dream of becoming attorneys while defraying the steep price tag of a bar prep course. Thank you to all of those who participated."