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ABOUT VALPARAISO LAW
Become not just an influential lawyer and leader, but
one who uses your influence for service and for good.
The legal profession demands a profound commitment to community engagement
and responsibility. Therefore, Valparaiso Law is dedicated to imparting not just
skills and knowledge, but also values, a sense of self and a commitment to service.
Our University’s Lutheran heritage means that we train attorneys who are ethical,
people-focused and service-minded. In fact, Valparaiso Law was one of the very
first law schools to institute a pro bono graduation requirement, under which every
student must complete at least 40 hours of pro bono service in order to graduate.
As a result, prospective employers know that Valparaiso Law is not a “lawyer
factory,” but rather an institution and community deeply invested in preparing
graduates who — because of their passionate commitment to the profession to
which they have been called — are hard-working, trustworthy and successful
“The law is a profession about helping and empowering people, and when you
arrive at law school, you’re beginning your professional career. More is expected of
you — more is demanded — because when you enter the legal profession, you are
not only responsible for yourself, you are responsible for the welfare of others.” —
Professor Ivan Bodensteiner
Develop enduring core competencies, with thorough
training in the foundational concepts of legal history,
theory, and practice.
Inevitably, both the substance and the practice of law will change over time.
Technology will evolve; new legislation will emerge. As an attorney, your career
path will likely change, too; you’ll develop new interests or specialty areas; you’ll
relocate to a new geographic region; you’ll work in a new business setting.
However, no matter how the profession may develop or your career may unfold,
certain core competencies will be required in any work you do as an attorney: