Western Michigan University Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus welcomed new students on Jan. 3-4 and introduced them to the law school’s honor code oath and Professionalism in Action orientation program.
Judge Nick Nazaretian of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Hillsborough County administered the honor code, which emphasizes how “ethics are as important as academic performance and the mastery of practical legal skills.”
Prior to administering the honor code oath, Judge Nazaretian spoke with the students about ethics and professionalism. He told them the true test after making a mistake “is not what you did, it’s what you do next."
“I want them to know that they can be successful,” Judge Nazaretian said. "I want to give them some confidence as they start this journey."
Judges and attorneys from the community also participated in the law school’s Professionalism in Action program, where incoming students have the opportunity to meet in small groups with local legal professionals and discuss various ethical situations.