by Angie Asam Staff Writer
Hailey Kimball, valedictorian of the Onaway High School class of 2009, will be graduating from Saginaw Valley State University next semester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. With that on the horizon, the next step was applying for law school.
Kimball applied to the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Law and the Wayne State College of Law. Kimball has been accepted to MSU and has been awarded the Dean Charles H. King Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship with a three-year value of $105,000.
The King Scholars program is available to up to 20 incoming students who have outstanding academic records and have performed well on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Requirements include a university grade point average of 3.75 and an LSAT score of 162 or higher.
In addition to receiving the scholarship, those accepted to the King Scholars program participate in a variety of special events and courses that add breadth, depth and increased opportunities for professional development.
“The Dean Charles H. King Scholars Program recognizes and supports a select group of highly talented students whose application credentials suggest that they will become the academic leaders at MSU College of Law. King Scholars consistently form a core group of academic leaders in each class of the student body. Participation in the program helps ensure that King Scholars are well-prepared for careers in top law firms, judicial clerkship and other prominent positions,” states the description of the program. Some positions held by King Scholar graduates include: mergers and acquisitions attorney with Ernst and Young in New York City; clerk for the Honorable David W. McKeague of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; clerk for the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tuscon, Arizona.Through the program Kimball will receive one-on-one advising with the program director, special presentations during the first semester, assignment of a King Scholar student mentor and the online publication of the King Scholars senior writing seminar paper. Kimball will also be privy to special courses including perspectives on law for King Scholars, King Scholars jurisprudence and King Scholars seminar specially geared toward those that are part of the exclusive program. In order to remain in the program Kimball will have to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher and complete all academic courses and activities from entry through graduation.
Kimball also received an offer for full-tuition from Wayne State College of Law but has decided to accept the offer from MSU as she continues down her career pathway.