Bringing the world’s largest law fraternity to RIT

Student Spotlight
Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson, fourth-year political science

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Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson, third from left, is vice president of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International. Jazzmyn helped charter the fraternity at RIT along with Zoe Gordon, left, Deirdresha Wint and Jazzlyn Ivery-Robinson, right.

Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson didn’t hesitate for a minute when a friend asked if she was interested in helping charter a professional law fraternity at RIT.

With the help of Deirdresha Wint, a fourth-year political science major; Zoe Gordon, a first-year political science major; and Jazzmyn’s twin sister, Jazzlyn Ivery-Robinson, a fourth-year criminal justice major, Jazzmyn has played an intricate role in RIT’s chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.

Question: Where are you from?
Answer: I’m from Rochester and I graduated from Pittsford Mendon High School.

Q: Why did you decide to come to RIT?
A: I transferred from Nazareth College in 2010 to join the RIT community because there were more leadership opportunities available at a larger school.

Q: What is something that most people wouldn’t know about you when they first meet you?
A: A lot of people have no idea that I have a fraternal twin sister.

Q: What types of things are you involved in around campus?
A: I am the president and co-founder of the Political Science Club, as well as the vice president and charter member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International.

Q: For those who may not know what the fraternity is about, explain it in one sentence.
A: It is a professional law organization that aims to assist in one’s path to law school as well as gaining a brotherhood that lasts beyond the college years.

Q: Why should someone join Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International?
A: You should join if you have a general interest in pursuing a career within the legal profession. We are here to help students make an informed decision as to whether or not a career in law is right for them. By joining Phi Alpha Delta, you obtain access to the largest law fraternity in the world as well as gain numerous benefits such as discounts on LSAT study materials and travel discounts.

Q: What are your responsibilities within the fraternity?
A: I assist with creating programs, guest lectures and let people know about our open membership process. We accept anyone who is interested in law, as there is no pledging within the fraternity.

Q: What got you interested in law?
A: I have been interested in law since I was little. What confirmed my interest was a vocational training course that I took in high school. The course allowed me to participate in a variety of mock trials and gain insight into the various aspects of law within our everyday lives.

Q: Where will you go from here?
A: I plan to take the year off and study for the LSAT exam. After the exam I will apply to various law schools and join Phi Alpha Delta at the law school level.

Q: Any advice you would give to other RIT students?
A: Take advantage of all the opportunities offered. It will not only look good on a résumé, but you will gain leadership skills and make friends that will go beyond your undergraduate years.

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