Larry Hayman helps OHIO pre-law students pursue legal education and careers


Larry Hayman, Esq. has held a number of roles at Ohio University, serving as an teacher, advisor, software director, and more. One of the roles that led him to return to his alma mater to assistance students pursuing lawful training and careers just after 8 a long time of lawful practice was that of a very first-generation faculty college student looking for a authorized occupation.

Experiential understanding alternatives were being not so ample and available to OHIO pre-legislation students when Hayman was an undergraduate student, so he was keen to share feed-back with college from the University of Arts and Sciences who proposed and made the Middle for Legislation, Justice and Lifestyle (CLJC). Hayman now presents students with assistance that features advising, experiential finding out options, and job progress. 

Just before building the transfer again to Athens and Ohio College to guidance the work of the new CLJC in 2014, Hayman taught a Politics and Law class at OHIO for numerous several years even though doing the job in personal apply in Columbus.

“We experienced a lot of wishes for what he could do for us when we hired him,” reported CLJC Director Kevin Uhalde. “Larry exceeded them all and is nonetheless discovering new techniques to assist us provide the group improved.”

Nevertheless he proceeds to advise pre-regulation pupils and guide plans in affiliation with the CLJC and the University of Arts and Sciences, Hayman’s purpose shifted this 12 months to align him with a group of advising and profession experts functioning collectively to deliver individualized help for students by way of the Middle for Advising, Profession and Experiential Understanding. 


The Ohio University Mock Trial Team
The Ohio College Mock Demo Staff is demonstrated right after at 2018 tournament.

Finding out by means of practical experience

Providing students with prospects to check out their techniques and preview lawful professions by way of experiential understanding is a essential section of Hayman’s perform. Experiential learning prospects for pre-legislation learners incorporate participation in the mock trial workforce Hayman commenced 7 years in the past, internships with personal law companies or nonprofit lawful organizations like Southeastern Ohio Authorized Products and services, and management options with the CLJC or the Middle for College student Authorized Solutions at OHIO. 

“Ohio University’s Mock Trial Workforce is an option for college students to interact in a aggressive expertise that includes them competing versus and with universities from throughout the state,” reported Hayman. “Every 12 months we, as very well as about 300 other universities, participate in the American Mock Demo Association’s Mock Demo competitions, and then we devote all of Slide Semester planning for trial.”  

In accordance to Hayman, taking part in the Mock Trial Group will help college students create skills in regions such as public talking, teamwork, collaboration, assessment, and time administration.

Alexa Jesser, a deputy general public defender for the Colorado State Public Defender, explained participating in the Mock Trial Workforce, as nicely as Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-regulation fraternity, served her get abilities and management practical experience as she prepared for regulation school. 

“Being on the mock demo staff gave me exceptionally valuable abilities that have served me during my entire academic and professional occupation,” Jesser said. “It helped me to get over my worry of general public talking (and come to be, dare I say it, superior at community talking) it gave me my 1st expertise with a leadership part it gave me a wider network of close friends and colleagues who are now in the authorized industry or program to be in the legal field and it taught me precious lessons about the policies of evidence, courtroom decorum, and more.” 

Jesser joined the Mock Demo Crew in her second year at OHIO. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science and a certificate in law, justice, and society in 2018. 

Ryan Crowley
Ryan Crowley

Ryan Crowley, who graduated from OHIO in 2019 with a degree in political science and heritage, and will graduate from Widener Law Faculty afterwards this spring, was one of Hayman’s advisees and took advantage of various experiential discovering possibilities at OHIO. Crowley said he appreciated the leadership experience he acquired as a member and new member coordinator of the Mock Demo Group. 

“The Ohio University Mock Trial Workforce gives students with the chance to draft oral arguments which will be done in front of serious judges,” Crowley explained. “Preparation for the competitions teaches lawful analysis, a critical talent for law university.” 

Right after finishing regulation university this summer, Crowley will get the Delaware Bar Examination and will commence serving as a clerk in the Exceptional Court of Delaware in September.

Partnerships and internships 

Hayman also allows make experiential learning alternatives for pre-regulation pupils via partnerships with regional and regional law corporations and authorized businesses. 

5 years ago, he partnered with Southeastern Ohio Legal Companies to produce the Access to Justice Internship Method that lets learners to operate in proof accumulating though doing work less than the direction of staff members lawyers at the company which serves low-earnings populations. 

According to Hayman, the Middle for Pupil Legal Services, a non-revenue regulation business that provides lawful providers to OHIO learners in prison and civil issues, also gives pupils with alternatives to study initially-hand about legal proceedings by serving on the Center’s board of administrators. 

“That’s an outstanding prospect to discover the inner workings of a legislation business, and the interior workings of a non-profit, which is a genuinely a must have prospect even for college students that may well not be interested in going to legislation college,” Hayman said.

Hayman also helps pre-law pupils join with and leverage a supportive network of OHIO alumni and the regional and regional authorized community. 

“Larry put me in contact with Assistant Athens County Prosecutor Liz Pepper for an internship in the spring semester of my junior yr,” explained Crowley. “This was a great genuine-planet expertise and re-affirmed my wish to go to legislation university.”

Senior English pre-law and sociology-criminology main Ellen Gill-Franks done internships with the Ohio Innocence Venture, the Supreme Courtroom of Ohio, and Southeastern Ohio Authorized Solutions. 

OHIO’s Summer months Law and Demo Institute, which Hayman launched in 2016 with aid from the Ohio State Bar Basis, provides significant understanding ordeals for superior school learners, as perfectly as the higher education students who support coordinate the system. The immersive plans aim to enhance being familiar with of the law and its prospects amid substantial college learners from southeast Ohio. The application also seeks to foster an interest in all factors of legal schooling, services, and difficulties, and to make the subsequent generation of legal, advocacy, and community experts. Hayman is at present supporting college students who ended up element of the initial cohort at the Summertime Law and Trial Institute with their law school admissions selections. 

Preparing for legislation university

Ellen Gill-Franks
Ellen Gill-Franks

Gill-Franks said the experiential understanding prospects she accessed at OHIO organized her properly for legislation school. In addition to finishing many internships, she researched overseas and took on management roles with the Mock Trial Group, Students Defending Pupils, and the Ohio University Board of Trustees.

“I am much more well prepared for legislation faculty since of the many experiential learning chances available to me about the previous 4 several years,” Gill-Franks stated. “I was equipped to lead other individuals and create my individual leadership design, mentor other students, and determine who I want to be when I serve some others.” 

However several OHIO students who want to study law opt for pre-law majors in the College or university of Arts and Sciences, Hayman notes that students from other colleges and majors these types of as business and journalism find their way to legislation college and legal professions as well. 

“Law is one particular of people disciplines in which there is no necessary undergraduate curriculum so people today are coming at it from all kinds of angles, all sorts of thoughts, all kinds of undergraduate disciplines,” Hayman mentioned. “It’s vital for college students to have an comprehension of what exactly it is that they’re acquiring into due to the fact regulation university is a tough dedication in terms of the operate and it can be also a sizeable monetary motivation.”

Hayman will help students with the regulation faculty software course of action and preparing for the Regulation University Admission Check (LSAT). With the support of alumni donors, he has proven two funds that aid put together OHIO college students for regulation school entry and lessen obstacles to software. The Law Faculty Software Aid Fund will help defray the cost of implementing to regulation school, signing up for the Regulation Faculty Admissions Council, or getting LSAT planning courses. The Social Justice Internship Fund delivers stipends to pupils who choose unpaid internships at law and justice corporations. 

“This fund is meant to make it less complicated for pupils to be able to get an unpaid internship with companies like Southeastern Ohio Lawful Providers, the ACLU, or the Ohio Innocence Undertaking,” Hayman said.  One of the activities manufactured possible as a result of the fund this summer season is an internship placement with the Ohio Innocence Task at the College of Cincinnati Faculty of Law, in which a scholar will attain expertise in a lawful clinic, and get the job done in plan and engagement.   

OHIO hosts an annual regulation truthful to permit students to engage with legislation university associates from across the country as they explore legal training possibilities.

Not only does Hayman assist tutorial undergraduate pupils as they put together for legislation college and entry into the authorized occupation, but he also works with OHIO alumni who come to a decision sometime immediately after leaving Ohio College that they are interested in regulation university or occupations in regulation. Irrespective of when, or what application they graduated from, all OHIO alumni can accessibility the advising and job aid that Hayman presents.

“A whole lot of people really do not go straight from undergraduate college to legislation school,” Hayman mentioned. 

Affiliate Vice Provost Jen Murphy reported Hayman’s assistance for pre-regulation students supplies a strong product for planning pupils for significant occupations by considerate advising and transformative experiential finding out possibilities. 

“Larry’s operate illustrates the collective continuum of assistance that Ohio University, with coordination by the Centre for Advising, Profession and Experiential Studying, gives to pupils as they gain ordeals, which ultimately helps them thrive as a Bobcat, and prepares them for the entire world of do the job,” Murphy reported. 


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