Professor Hazel Beh
In Fall 2008, 25 intrepid individuals—ranging in age from 22 to 52—did something that most had never dreamed possible: They applied to and were accepted into the inaugural class of the WSRSL’s part-time program.
Among the inaugural class were journalists, housewives, a network administrator, active duty and reserve military officers, health project manager, and legal secretaries and assistants. Some were changing direction in established careers, displaying courage in going back to the classroom after decades away. Others were young, single parents, pursuing better lives for themselves and their families. Many worked 40-plus-hour weeks, and then ventured to campus to learn on weeknights and study on weekends. They have since graduated and gone on to successful jobs as attorneys or utilizing their knowledge in law.
In appreciation, the 25 members of the Fall 2008 inaugural class established an endowed scholarship fund for new and continuing part-time program law students. This is their class gift, named in honor of Professor Hazel Beh. She was not only instrumental in developing the curriculum and shepherding the part-time program through its first pivotal year, but she served as associate dean and taught Contracts I and II to the inaugural class and part-time students who followed. Fittingly, Professor Beh herself was a non-traditional student, attending WSRSL after a decade of devotion to social work.
In tribute, the Hazel Beh Scholarship for Part-Time Legal Scholars provides an annual merit- and/or need-based scholarship to a student with academic promise, who is entering or continuing in the WSRSL part-time program, and who has already shown a commitment to social justice or a proven track record of community service.