Law School Students of Year: Stephen Scott, West Virginia

The level of 3L Stephen Scott’s accomplishments and leadership in law school is dizzying, his law school writes. He is among the top 10 students in his class while balancing commitments to community involvement, student government, tutoring, and countless other activities.

A first-generation college student, Scott grew up in a single-parent household in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. His family situation led to his interest in the law.

Scott is president of the WVU Law Student Bar Association and active in the College’s Community Service Council Public Interest Advocates and Black Law School Students Association. He’s an editor for the West Virginia Law Review and a member of U.S. Supreme Court Clinic, which had a case argued at the high court on Dec. 3, 2018. Scott is also a director and and secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia Fund for Law in the Public Interest.

Scott has earned first-in-class CALI awards in Torts, Criminal Law, LRRW, and Nonprofit Organizations. As an experienced, nationally certified tutor, he’s been working to improve the law school’s peer tutoring program while helping his peers.

Scott is a recipient of the College’s prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential for success. As a 1L Scott was recognized with the Scholarship, Character, and Activism Award. He’s been a TA and an RA for two law professors.

He has studied comparative law in Brazil has published articles in the West Virginia Law Review and the Jounal of the National Collegiate Honors Council.  

Scott earned Pro Bono and Community Service Distinctions as a 1L and 2L. He has completed more than 180 community service hours in projects at the Ronald McDonald House, WVU Medicine’s Rosenbaum House, a nursing home, and a local church. Scott has also completed more than 350 pro bono hours on law school projects, including fundraisers for Public Interest Advocates, book-wrapping for the Appalachian Prison Book Project, and clerking for the Hon. Irene M. Keeley, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Scott was a summer associate for Jones Day in Pittsburgh in 2018 and has accepted a job with the firm. First, however, he plans to complete a clerkship with the Hon. Stephanie D. Thacker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Scott graduated from WVU with a BA in political science and multidisciplinary studies, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He still works for the WVU Honors College. As an undergraduate student leader, Scott served in the Student Government Association, the Honors Students Association, the Residence Hall Association, and the student chapter of the NAACP, among others. His efforts earned him WVU’s highest awards for student leadership. He volunteered for United Way, Relay for Life, and the Appalachian Prison Book Project, among others, as an undergraduate. Scott was also an intern for U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and he completed a service-learning project in the Caribbean.