Majors: English, Writing and Spanish
Minors: Global Studies and Law and Society
The Pre-Law curriculum was essential for helping me to make an informed decision about attending law school. By taking classes like Constitutional Law and Business Law while at Drury, my interest in a legal career had a chance to be confirmed in an undergraduate classroom environment before committing to three more years of a challenging program. I found it particularly helpful in my first year of law school to already have some familiarity with legal vocabulary and general concepts. I even was able to argue a case in front of Missouri Court of Appeals judges before I even graduated from Drury.
I have found my internships particularly valuable in law school. Already having substantial practical knowledge is invaluable. Employers were able to look at my work experience on my resume to know that I was serious about the law and that I already had some foundational knowledge to build off of. More than anything, law school is not a choice to be made flippantly, and I felt that by participating the in the Pre-Law curriculum, I was able to be as prepared as possible to make my decision.
I am currently in my second year (2L) at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am pursuing a career in immigration law.
Major: American Government
Current: Atwill & Montgomery
I believe the pre-law program at Drury was excellent in preparing me for not only law school but the practice of law. It made me think critically about complex issues and how to consider opposing viewpoints. I also believe the small class size added additional accountability that was especially important early on in adapting to the challenges of law school. The amount of research required in the Pre-Law courses was also a big help in preparing me for the challenges presented in first year writing and research requirements.
I currently work for Atwill & Montgomery in Columbia, Mo. I started here in 2011 and recently celebrated 5 years. We are an insurance defense company that specializes in Workers’ Compensation. We also handle many civil defense case as well.
Majors: French and Literature and International Political Studies
Minor: Middle East Studies
Drury has a really supportive environment for helping students achieve their goals, regardless of what that goal is. Professors throughout my time at Drury asked questions about what I wanted, why I wanted them, and provided me with the tools to succeed. I have noticed that the ability to think critically and engage in class discussion have both served me well so far in law school. Much like the faculty at Drury, professors in law school don't just want you to repeat what an author said; they want you to criticize, analyze, engage, and question everything you read. Professors in law school often will ask you which side you support, the reasons for your support, and then to argue the opposite position. I felt that throughout my time at Drury, professors would similarly challenge me. A major component of my success in law school has also been having confidence. It sounds silly, but having the confidence to approach law professors, to raise your hand in class, and to apply for jobs that may seem like a "reach" have all helped enrich my experience. I attribute a lot of that confidence to my time at Drury and the encouraging environment. In law, you cannot be afraid to be labeled as "wrong." I see so many of my peers struggle with wanting to be "right" and as a result, they ignore HOW lawyers arrive at their answers.
In the summer of 2016, I worked at a local legal aid office focused on public benefits. In this role, I met with clients, advocated in administrative hearings, wrote motions for court, and researched some newly passed state legislation. At the end of my summer, I participated in a few different career fairs in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Washington DC, and New York. I ultimately accepted a job with a firm out in New York (Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, & McCloy) for summer of 2017.
Right now I'm in my second year of law school. I'm taking courses to prepare to do complex financial investigation and litigation. I am also a staff member of the Minnesota Law Review, a student managing editor for Constitutional Commentary, and involved in the law school's annual musical production.
Major: International Political Studies