Growing up, many of us have had the opportunity to meet with, learn from, and maybe even work with successful people. The working-world encourages people to succeed, but does not define what “success” is, or even explain how to achieve it. Most prominently, the working class categorizes people as successful based on their wealth or status. The richer you are, the more successful you have become.
Is that true? Is someone that has not achieved great personal wealth or a C-suite position per se unsuccessful? Here at the University of Idaho College of Law our views of success are different. We look at success as being a personal, subjective achievement rather than an objective accomplishment for others to judge. The Law School faculty, including both Professors and Staff not only encourages personal growth, but emboldens us students to find our passions even if they are not a golden ticket to wealth or prestige.
One example of this is the law school’s commitment to community service and pro bono work. Recently the National Jurist looked at “schools with the greatest community impact” and ranked the University of Idaho College of Law as #1 in the nation.* Further, our pro bono requirement for graduation exceeds the ABAs mandated minimum, allowing all students to give at least 50 hours of pro bono work back to the community.
This is not to say that the Law Schools is solely concerned with placing students in Public Defender-type roles. The Law School offers many different emphasis and joint programs that students with almost any interest can pursue; all of which is done to help us “succeed” in our own personal lives and careers.
*http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cypress/nationaljurist_2017winter/index.php#/20 (p. 21)