Barnett ’16 to Attend Syracuse Law School – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Barnett ’16 to Attend Syracuse Law School

With his sights set on one day owning a law firm, Connor Barnett ’16 will enter Syracuse University College of Law to pursue his J.D. this fall. The three-year program will allow Barnett to enhance his study with trial classes, internships, and clinic work.

“I chose the Syracuse Law program because not only do they have an amazing curriculum but they offer many opportunities to gain experience in the court room and trial setting, as well as prime internship locations and other avenues to advance my studies,” says Barnett, who majored in economics and minored in environmental studies.

The three-year program offers a range of classes, spanning every facet of law, from legal writing courses to trial-based courses. Barnett will be required to complete clinic work, giving him the option to either represent clients and practice law under the supervision of law school faculty, or spend a semester in Washington, D.C., completing an externship program. Barnett says he plans to pursue either family law or criminal prosecution, or both if the program permits.

Excited to take a “hands on approach” to his academic work, Barnett credits his experience in a wide range of HWS courses with preparing him to tackle the rigorous demands of law school. Barnett says he will draw on the “well-rounded” education offered through the Colleges’ liberal arts curriculum, as well as the skills garnered through his internship with Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc., in Geneva. 

On campus, Barnett served as a resident assistant, and the vice president and co-founder of the Hobart baseball club. He has also been involved with the Habitat for Humanity club, and studied abroad in Wales as part of the Colleges’ summer outdoor education program.