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Raising the Bar

Antonia Edwards (left) and Caroline Bertholf (right) were among 12 students selected to participate in Siena's one-of-a-kind Summer Legal Fellows Program. Dr. Leonard Cutler (center) oversees the program.
Sept. 25, 2014

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    A record 41 Siena student athletes spent this summer fulfilling internships, service missions, assistantships or other substantive learning experiences. Headlining the list are seniors Caroline Bertholf (cross country) and Antonia Edwards (softball) who were selected to participate in Siena's immersive Summer Legal Fellows Program.

    "It's gratifying to see our student athletes take advantage of valuable enrichment opportunities like Siena Summer Legal Fellows," director of student athlete engagement Lori Jancik said. "It allows them to further differentiate their resumes from those of their peers. Like internships and hands-on research, an experience as a summer legal fellow can solidify thoughts on which path to pursue after athletics."

    Siena's Summer Legal Fellows program provides 12 Siena students the unique opportunity to work directly with law school professors and 2L (second year) and 3L law school students on legal policy research or actual legal cases in a law school setting for eight intensive weeks.

    "No other college, no other university, has a program of this nature in a pre-law setting," Dr. Leonard Cutler, Pre-Law Advisor, Chair, Political Science said. "I'm proud to say that we're one of a kind."

    Students are jointly selected by Cutler and the host law school site based on academic record, letter of evaluation, writing sample and an interview.

    "I've been fortunate enough to have all the student athletes who were Summer Legal Fellows in my public law classes and they had solid critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and communications skills," Cutler said. "This is reflective of how they performed as students, and is reflected in the grades that they were awarded."

    Bertholf and Edwards each had transformative experiences as Siena Summer Legal Fellows. Use the links at the top of the page to learn about their individual experiences.