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Jacob Sklar Awarded College of Wooster’s Carpenter Pre-Law Prize

Senior political science major to attend Columbia University in the fall

April 23, 2012 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Jacob Sklar, a senior political science major at The College of Wooster and a graduate of Jewish Community High School in San Francisco, has been chosen as the David L. Carpenter Pre-Law Prize winner for 2012. The honor, which comes with a $5,000 cash award, is presented annually to Wooster’s top pre-law student. Selection is based on academic achievement, participation in Wooster’s Pre-Law Advising Program, experience as a student leader, and a commitment to personal honesty and integrity.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Carpenter Pre-Law Prize,” said Sklar. “This is an honor, and I can only hope to have a legal career as successful as Mr. Carpenter's.”

During his four years at Wooster, Sklar was a two-time All-American with the Moot Court team and the top orator at the Upper Midwest Regional Tournament in 2010. He was also elected to Phi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society and named to the Dean’s List. In addition, he was a two-year letterwinner with the varsity soccer team. Sklar was accepted to six law schools, and chose to attend Columbia.

“The College of Wooster's moot court program, which in my opinion is the best in the country, has been extremely influential in my decision to attend law school, and in making me confident that I can succeed once I'm there,” said Sklar. “Professor Mark Weaver's coaching has brought out the best in me over the years, and working with my moot court teammates has made me believe that studying law can be enjoyable.”

Jeffrey Lantis, professor of political science and international relations and Sklar’s adviser for Independent Study (Wooster’s nationally acclaimed senior research program) described him as a very intelligent student with significant promise. “As a political science major, Jacob has taken a number of challenging classes that have helped him prepare for law school and a career in the law,” said Lantis. “His Independent Study thesis examines controversial decisions by Congress and their impact on U.S. military interventions over the past 50 years. We were delighted to learn of Jacob's admission to Columbia Law School, and wish him the best."

Established by the Figgie Family Foundation in 1999, the Carpenter Prize commemorates the life of the late David Lyle Carpenter, a 1965 Wooster alumnus who became a leading tax and corporate lawyer and a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold L.L.P. Prior to his death in 1999, Carpenter was recognized by Best Lawyers in America for excellence in the category of corporate law. He was also an active member of the Heights Christian Church and served on the board of the National Conference for Community and Justice. At Wooster, he won departmental honors in economics and lettered in track and field. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he earned both an M.B.A. and a J.D.