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May 16, 2001


Five CUA Law Students Recruited by U.S. Department of Justice


Five graduating students from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law were accepted to the U.S. Department of Justice's Honors Program for the Class of 2001.  The exclusive hiring program is said to be one of the most competitive in the nation, receiving an average of 2,500 applications each year for approximately 150 positions.

“I am not surprised by these results,” stated Mara R. Duffy, associate dean for external and student affairs.  “Our law school curriculum focuses on the legal and communications skills necessary to ready our students for an immediate impact in the profession.  Considering Catholic’s small class size, the number of our students accepted by the DOJ is a testament to the quality of our students and faculty in our ‘community of learning’.”

The honors program is the Department of Justice’s entry-level recruitment tool and is the only way a graduating law student can be employed at the DOJ.  Students from all over the country apply to the program for a chance to work in one of nine divisions of the department.  Once accepted, the graduates are permanently employed as attorneys in the department.

Catholic University’s 2001 honors program acceptees and the offices they will be working in are: Danielle Adgerson, Federal Bureau of Prisons; Caroline La Fiura, Drug Enforcement Administration; Christopher Maietta, Tax Division; Jeffrey VanHooreweghe, Antitrust Division and Efthimia Pilitsis, Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Founded in 1897, Catholic University's law school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school is a pioneer in clinical education and is distinguished for offering one of the nation's broadest ranges of clinical experiences to students.

In addition, the law school is widely recognized for special programs in communications law, law and public policy, law and religion, and comparative and international law.





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