For Immediate Release
May 24, 2016
MVC Student Earns a Spot in the Saint Louis University
Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program
Moreno Valley College student Rashaun Bailey was one of 30 students selected nationally for the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) program, which is run by Saint Louis University.
The four-week program, which begins on June 6, allows students to explore the legal profession. Students were selected on academic achievement as well as on their demonstrated interest in community service and social justice. Over the four weeks, instructors help students explore the legal profession. According to the PLUS website, students can expect to be introduced to essential skills and competencies of a law student and legal professional; gain a broader appreciation for the practice of law; and how to navigate the path to law school. The program also hopes to inspire students to use their skills and training in order to better serve their community and bring about social change. There is no cost to the students selected.
A graduate of Mesquite Academy in Mesquite, TX, Bailey, 31, is on track to graduate from MVC next spring. He hopes to continue his studies at the University of Southern California. Born in Los Angeles, Bailey, who has a 4.0 GPA, crossed paths with defense attorney Timothy Quinn, who became a mentor, and a person Bailey calls a "father figure." Quinn's passion for law soon became a passion for Bailey.
"I've always been intrigued by jurisprudence since my youth," said Bailey, who is a member of the Law Society at Riverside City College and the Renaissance Scholars Program at MVC. "Tim and I had the pleasure of working on a case for a year and a half. It was a big case where a young man was facing two life sentences. In the end he was acquitted of nine felony charges and nine felony special allegations. Through the case, Tim and I grew close and he became a father figure in my life. We've remained in touch, and with his support I'm working toward becoming an attorney."
Bailey said after reading about the PLUS program he figured his chances were slim, but figured "why not take a shot." After completing the application, two essays, providing academic transcripts, and his resume, he got word he was one of 30 students invited to participate.
"I will be taught two abbreviated law school level courses designed to expose me to substantive legal analysis and legal writing," he said. "I will also shadow accomplished attorneys, attend workshops, and begin the process of preparing for the law school admissions test.
"I'm so thankful for the support of the faculty. The experience is humbling, but I'm very excited to be one of 30 to get this opportunity."