AT&T has partnered with the University of Texas at Arlington’s pre-law program to provide opportunities for undergraduates to meet and work with the company’s in-house lawyers. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 24 AT&T staff attorneys will serve as mentors for UT-Arlington’s new Pre-Law and Legal Studies Center.
AT&T general counsel and senior executive vice president Wayne Watts (pictured) says his Dallas-based company plans to provide buses to bring UT-Arlington students to Dallas for a tour of its corporate headquarters this fall and spring. He says the program will be a success “if we can help get some of these students into law school.”
Watts notes that the UT-Arlington campus has a diverse student population and AT&T’s participation will contribute to developing “a diversity pipeline” to ensure students with varied backgrounds enter law school.
After visiting with the people who planned the Pre-Law and Legal Studies Center, Watts says, “I could see me sitting in that room, as the first one in my family to go to college, and then the first one to go to law school, and I thought we can make this a little bit easier.”
Watts, a UT-Arlington graduate, says the company’s participation is not that costly in terms of money. “It’s more about the time and effort,” he says.
-- Miriam Rozen