Raising the Bar for Student Experiences

For lawyers, the road to the bar exam can be a long and arduous trip. Long days and nights spent studying reams of case law and working at fast-paced internships are prerequisites to becoming a licensed attorney.

Aspiring legal professionals at Radford University, however, can get a head start in the courtroom thanks to a mock trial program supported by an alumni gift.
Chris Huther ‘88, partner at Wiley Rein, LLP, saw the need for students to get practical experience before going on to law school.

Huther has contributed $29,000 to a fund that allows the Department of Political Science to purchase a mock trial curriculum and hire a local legal professional to teach it.

The juniors and seniors in the course spend their semester learning that curriculum inside and out, building a case book and eventually presenting their arguments and examining witnesses in a mock trial.

“Chris made a gift of significant impact for our college and our students,” said CHBS Dean Kate Hawkins. “He allowed us to have a program we wouldn’t be able to fund otherwise and it is truly a transformational experience for our students.”