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“We’re there to support students when that’s needed and to celebrate with them when the occasion calls for it,” Clinton says. “And our concern doesn’t stop at the law school door.”

Nonetheless, law school is no cakewalk. “If you don’t keep up, you won’t do well and you won’t succeed and you won’t do well when you’re called on in class, and you’re guaranteed to be called on in at least one class once a week,” Melissa says. “In my classes you never know when you’re going to be called on, so you always have to be on your toes.”

And it didn’t take long for a professor to call Melissa’s number. It happened on her first day, in Professor Jason Johnston’s Contracts class. She felt a rush of adrenaline, part nervousness, part excitement. As for what he asked, weeks later that remains blurry, a casualty of too much information sluicing through her brain. What she does remember, however, is that Johnston kept calling on her in the next two classes.

As the semester progresses, Melissa’s schedule turns more hectic. “Everyone is starting to really stress right now trying to keep up with the work, because professors are giving even more as the semester comes to a close, and they realize they want to cover everything,” Melissa says.

At the same time, she has to apply for a summer job. The opening gun for submitting applications approaches, which causes Melissa to rethink her career goals. Only three months into law school and already she wonders if she can afford to maintain her ideals.

I am just so torn about the whole private versus public thing, Melissa says. I feel I need to try both out before I start thinking long term, and see if I can find some way to accomplish both my desires to serve the public while also not make under $40,000 a year.

 
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