The pressure to excel in the first year of law school is intense, which is why a program sponsored by an Atlanta law firm is providing a lifeline to future lawyers. 2

The pressure to excel in the first year of law school is intense, which is why a program sponsored by an Atlanta law firm is providing a lifeline to future lawyers.

The firm, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, is offering a unique summer course for students on their way to law school. The students meet with various attorneys, including Attorney Dwight Thomas, known for his work on the Gold Club trial.

The program is designed to help bridge the disconnect some minority students experience as they begin law school. Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman called it “a leg up before they go to law school,” where students are “called on in class and asked to give their thoughts and examples.”

Allegra Lawrence is another Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan attorney; she is also the program architect.

“They begin law school clearly very bright,” she said, “having done very well in college, and eventually in law school. But they really struggled in their first semester and it didn’t make any sense to me.”

Cheryl Lomax, the firm’s Director of Public Service and Diversity, said the goal is for law school students to “be so prepared when they get there that the only thing they have to focus on is studying and getting good grades.”

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