Recent grads headed to law school

Seth Crockett ’12 (below) is heading to law school. Crockett, who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade-point average at WCU, had offers from some of the most prestigious law schools in the country, including Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, New York University, University of Texas, Cornell and others. He chose Cornell, in part, because he was offered a generous scholarship that will cover almost all of his tuition costs.


Crockett is not alone. Samantha “Sam” Mungro ’15 and Charlean “Charley” Maurer ’15 also are law school-bound and will begin their studies in the fall. Mungro will attend Elon University. Maurer will be going to the University of Florida.

“I am extremely proud of Seth, Sam and Charley,” said Chris Cooper, head of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, who calls this year “probably the best ever” for law school admissions from the department. “All three are tremendous students who worked hard and pursued their dream throughout their time at WCU. They also reflect our department’s commitment to helping our students achieve their fullest potential.”

Crockett, son of Douglas and Patricia Crockett of Whittier, postponed law school for a few years to work full-time while making a decision about his future. After graduating, he stayed in the WCU area and got a job in Sylva at Wal-Mart. After a year, Wal-Mart offered him a management position in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, where he has been working since 2013. He planned to leave Hawaii in the summer and move to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York.

Mungro, daughter of Tony and Joy Mungro of Conover, accepted a $35,000 merit scholarship award and a $14,000 leadership fellowship to attend Elon. She also was accepted at North Carolina Central University. Maurer had offers from Campbell University, Penn State and the University of Tennessee. She is the daughter of Chuck and April Maurer of Maiden.

Todd Collins, associate professor of political science and public affairs, serves as the adviser for WCU’s pre-law students. “Dr. Collins deserves a great deal of the credit for all of our law-school success,” said Cooper. “He holds both a PhD and a law degree and, as a result, is able to give our students a pre-law education based on both practical and academic experience with the law.”