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From Active Duty to Classroom-Ready: CapLaw Eases Transition for Military Students

10/22/2018  -  Capital University Law School believes that many of the qualities inherent in a successful military career are readily transferable to the legal profession. As a result, Capital’s military-friendly programs are designed to help students transition from the service to school.

The Law School’s Leaders to Lawyers program provides assistance with tuition (through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), an application fee waiver, individualized student support services and flexible schedules. “The Leaders to Lawyers Program is Capital Law’s way to recognize the incredible service and sacrifice of our brave service members,” says Jason Owen, L’07, associate director of admission for the Law School.

Christopher Curley, L‘20, retired from the Army as a major in December 2015. He says that the Leaders to Lawyers program “took into account my military leadership experiences and the diversity that experience would bring to the legal profession in the acceptance process. It gave me confidence I would be accepted into Capital Law School and receive the support I needed to be successful.”

Mr. Curley says he would recommend Capital Law School to anyone who is serious about working to obtain a law degree. “Veterans have a unique work ethic that coincides with what it takes to be successful at Capital Law School.”

For Jason Woyce, L’21, Capital’s evening classes allowed him to pursue a law degree sooner than expected, allowing him to begin law school while still serving on active duty in the Air Force. “While working full time and going to school has been challenging, it also helped reduce the stress of my impending military separation. None of the other schools in the area offers an evening program, which made Capital the best choice for getting a head start on my legal education.”

Chris Brown, L’20, joined the Air Force in 2014 and continues in the service today, scheduling and recording cargo plane maintenance and well as selecting planes for scheduled missions. He receives tuition assistance through the GI Bill, and was admitted to Capital through the Leaders to Lawyers program.

“Capital is very military friendly,” Mr. Brown says. “Jason Owen, the Leaders to Lawyers liaison, is amazing. He is reliable and ensures that military members at Capital Law have everything they need.”

At the beginning of each semester, the Admissions Office hosts a Military Welcome Event where students can learn more about the programs specific to service members and veterans, as well as network with other military students. It was at this event where Mr. Woyce was introduced to the Operation Legal Help Ohio (OLHO) program. OLHO is housed at the Law School, and provides legal assistance to veterans readjusting to post-service life. Mr. Woyce, who left the Air Force as a master sergeant (E-7) at the end of May, served as an intern for OLHO before recently accepting a full-time position as director of its Pro Bono Center.

“Having offices at Capital University Law School has been a great benefit to Operation Legal Help Ohio,” says Executive Director Mike McCarthy. “It gives us access to the tremendous pool of law student talent that Capital’s military-friendly culture attracts. Our partnership with Capital has enabled Operation Legal Help Ohio to provide pro bono legal assistance to thousands of Ohio veterans.”

Another great resource, CapLaw’s Military Law Society, is open to members of the Law School community interested in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces. The group seeks to raise awareness of military law and national security issues, and share information on legal opportunities available in every branch of the military. The society, says Mr. Brown, “is great and very supportive.”

Mr. Curley says he has met veterans from all branches of service through the Society, and that it has provided him with an extra avenue of support as he pursues his law degree.