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Pulitzer Prize winning author encourages SCU law graduates to use degrees to change the world
Saturday, May. 20, 2006
Reflecting on personal stories, Power hoped one of her lessons would resonate with the 305 graduates seated in
Power, who received an honorary doctor of law degree at the 155th Santa Clara University School of Law commencement ceremony, is a professor of practice in public policy at the
“Samantha Power is one of this country's leading thinkers and writers on the international human rights issues. She is a role model for lawyers--including new graduates--who have a commitment to the rule of law and are committed to the important work of social justice advocates,” said Donald Polden, dean of SCU School of Law.
At the ceremonies, 294 J.D. degrees and 11 LL.M. degrees were awarded. Forty six percent of the J.D. degrees were awarded to women and students of color made up forty nine percent of the graduating class. The LL.M. (Masters of Laws) degrees included three programs,
As Power congratulated the class of 2006 she said, “It’s now official, you can change the world, and you must.”
Santa Clara University’s 155th undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 17 at 8:30 a.m. Thomas Reese, S.J. a widely recognized expert on the Catholic Church and former editor of America magazine, will address the class of 2006.
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The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Many of its 974 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law, or public interest law. Law degrees may be combined with MBA or master’s in taxation degrees, and the law school offers lawyers master’s degrees in international law and intellectual property law.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,397 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all