Earlier this month, Susan Lee, Director of Admissions at Gonzaga Law, travelled to Durant, Oklahoma to present at Ivy League & Friends, a Choctaw Nation recruitment event. This exclusive invitation-only event is organized by the Choctaw Scholarship Advisement Program (SAP), which the tribe created in 2006 to address and overcome high Native American college dropout rates. The event was also attended by representatives from institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Purdue, Johns Hopkins, and Duke.
Addressing the Full College Cycle
The SAP was designed by the Choctaw Nation to help prepare students for college, and help them stay enrolled until their educational goals are met. At the recruitment event, Gonzaga Law was one of only two invited Law Schools that were given the opportunity to meet with around 200 interested students. During the 30-minute presentation, students asked questions about the LSAT, the law school experience, and job placement opportunities after graduation.
Chosen for Opportunities in Indian Law
Gonzaga Law was invited to the Choctaw Nation SAP event because of the school’s strong connection with Indian Law. Students at Gonzaga Law are given many opportunities to study and even practice in Indian Law. The Indian Law Clinic, through a partnership with local tribes, allows law students to take on real-world Indian Law cases while still attending law school. Combined with Indian Law specific courses, students that choose to focus on this often overlooked sector of law graduate from Gonzaga with solid theoretical and practical experience in their chosen area of law.