SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Instead of basking in the summer sun, several high school students opted for the classroom getting a unique lesson in the justice system and in Western New England University.
The teen students Monday decided to check out their future prospects in law at the free camp being offered by the school.
“I was astounded that they would be here in the middle of their summer vacation but maybe it’s because the AC is here too,” says Dean Eric Gouvin who’s with WNEU Law School.
It wasn’t just the allure of escaping the heat these students were getting invaluable insights into the legal process both criminal and civil.
One student we spoke to, Savanah Taylor told us, “I actually have had a long time interest of the legal and law for as long as I can remember so I thought it would be good and hopefully the lesson I learned here will mold me and form me into a potential lawyer.”
Another student we talked to, Zach Scup says, “I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in law as long as I can remember. I want to emulate my uncle a little bit so with this I’ll take this in effect and help me become a better lawyer in the future.”
The free classes come courtesy of the Just The Beginning Foundation, MassMutual, WNEU and the countless legal professionals who donated their time to impart wisdom on young minds
“I don’t know that I’ve worked with a group of high school students before that have so much knowledge about things like liability the difference between civil and criminal law,” explains Laura Ramsey who’s with the Just The Beginning Foundation.
“Lawyers do everything they are involved in and to give these students a better view of what the legal profession is all about is definitely a big help to them,” adds Gouvin.
The free classes will continue all week at the Blake Law Center at WNEU located in Springfield on Wilbraham Road.