Today, Weinmann Hall is filled with prospective law students as we welcome admitted students here for our first (of the season) visiting day for admitted students. These events are always exciting, as we have the opportunity to meet people we've only come to know through their application materials and our faculty and current students interact with our visitors and express their own enthusiasm for Tulane. It doesn't hurt that the weather is about as beautiful as one can imagine.
I was asked today what a typical day is like for a student, and although I talked about going to class and preparing for class, I also highlighted the almost incalculable opportunities our students have to attend extraordinarily interesting programs with great speakers, compelling topics, and the opportunity to sit next to someone who might be helpful in one's job search.
Today, for example, in addition to our program for admitted students, there's a Tax Policy Roundtable taking place in the classroom across the hall from my office. Tax scholars from around the country are in that room, reacting to each other's ideas, along with any of our students who are interested. Tomorrow, our own Human Rights Law Society is hosting a day-long program on "Heath as a Human Right," with sessions on constitutional underpinnings, intellectual property aspects of health care, and practical aspects of ensuring access. Especially impressive is the fact that this program is entirely student developed and executed. I just saw an announcement from our Sports Law program, publicizing an Athletic Director Roundtable Discussion open to our entire community. Athletic directors from three universities will discuss running a collegiate athletic program, including dealing with compliance and with agents. Our Law Women group is presenting a two-part Women's History Speaker Series. Our Disability & Health Law Society has been particularly active this year in developing programs on a variety of topics, finding speakers and even arranging for CLE credit (which ensures that practicing lawyers will attend, which leads to the likelihood that students will interact with them). Coming up next week is a program on special-needs trusts, and this is probably the 5th substantive program this group of students has arranged this semester.
I am continually impressed by the breadth of topics and the initiative shown by our students.