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By Larry Teitelbaum

Paul Levy L'72 and his wife, Karen, meet Levy Scholars for the first time.

Pair exceptionally bright students with accomplished mentors, give them the freedom to explore their interests, and you have the Levy Scholars Program.

Or as Assistant Professor of Law Eric Feldman sees it, a recipe for greatness. “As the program develops, being a Levy Scholar will have the same cachet as being the recipient of a Watson Fellowship, or being a Fulbright Scholar,” says Feldman, who mentors two students. “It will be a mark of distinction, a signal to employers, professionals and colleagues that the person has distinguished him or herself in a group that is already extremely selective.”

The Levy Scholars Program, established by Board of Overseers Chairman Paul Levy L’72 and his wife, Karen, is in its first year. It provides a big leg up to first-year students who have the credentials and interest to develop a law-based specialty. Students receive full scholarships in the first year and half tuition in the second and third years. They also attend special seminars and receive expert guidance from alumni and faculty, who are assigned to every student.

Leon Willis didn’t have to wait long to reap major benefits. The Yale graduate, who is interested in community development, has been talking to a leading transactions lawyer in New York for several months. And it’s been a good match. The attorney not only kept in touch during the holiday break but arranged an interview for a summer job at his firm.

Willis’ mentor, Robert Sheehan L’69, lauds the Law School initiative. “I think it’s wonderful that the Levy Scholars Program makes the Law School more attractive to a few of its most stellar applicants,” says Sheehan, Executive Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

 
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