Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program

2015-2016 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program (“Keystone Program”)

The Law School is launching the fifth year of the Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program, a program designed to help students prepare for their legal careers.  The name of the Keystone Program derives from the concept of a “keystone.”  When an arch is built, the keystone is the last piece placed during construction and locks all of the other stones into position, allowing the arch to bear weight.  Similarly, without professionalism and leadership, one’s professional career cannot ascend to the heights it is capable of reaching.

Last year, more 85 programs qualified for the Keystone Program and more than 120 students completed the program and were recognized at a luncheon sponsored by Skadden and featuring remarks by Dean Michael H. Schill, Dean of Students Amy M. Gardner, and Chuck Smith, ’87, a partner at Skadden who also serves as the Attorney Development Partner for the Chicago office of the firm.

The 2015-2016 Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program continues to build upon the success of the program over the past years and will once again include special programming and/or priority for special programs for 2Ls and 3Ls who completed the program during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Information about specific 2015-2016 programming will be posted in September 2015.

How the Keystone Program Works

As with last year, the program will operate much like the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs licensed attorneys participate in throughout most of the United States.  Students who complete the program during the 2015-2016 school year are recognized at an end-of-year luncheon, receive pins, are entitled to list completion of the program on their resumes, and will have the program completion listed on their transcript. 

If you have any questions about the Keystone Professionalism & Leadership Program, please contact Dean of Students Amy M. Gardner.