University of Notre Dame, BA Philosophy
What I Did Before Law School:
I came to law school directly from college. I spent the summer before law school continuing my previous job as a research assistant to Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.
What I am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:
At this point, I want to become a litigator at a firm. I hope to have the opportunity to clerk after I graduate. I’m looking forward to exploring many different areas of law during my second and third years.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
Penn Law’s greatest asset is its community. It’s tough to single out any one experience. I have enjoyed participating in the well-known Penn Law tradition of taking your professors out to lunch. More generally, it’s great to relax with classmates in the common areas known as “the clock” and “the goat.” Students make fast friends here, which I think is attributable in part to the week-long orientation events. One contender for my best experience so far at Penn Law was the official orientation commencement dinner at the National Constitution Center. It was truly inspiring and made me eager to embrace the challenges of law school.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
My torts professor, Jonathan Klick, is one of many professors who have influenced me at Penn Law. Professor Klick continually urges my class to consider the various, competing policy motivations driving the development of tort law (and law more generally). Professor Klick has a natural ability to explain the economic policies that influence the shape of tort law in such a way as to make them easily understandable to students (including myself) who do not have an extensive background in economics.
My Favorite Course:
Contracts is probably my favorite course. The voluntary nature of entering into contracts gives rise to a host of interesting questions regarding expectations, enforceability, and interpretation. I particularly enjoy the way Professor Claire Finkelstein raises questions pertaining to the philosophical underpinnings of contract law as the class works its way through the tensions and complexities of the subject.
Describe How CP&P and the Center on Professionalism Are Helping Prepare You for Your Career:
Penn Law’s Career Planning & Professionalism Office does a great job helping students develop plans to reach their career goals. The CP&P Office holds frequent information sessions spanning a wide range of topics so that students can make sure they do not miss out on various opportunities that may interest them. Moreover, once they are able to meet with students individually [Note: NALP rules allow meeting only after November 1 of the 1L year], the staff welcomes students to swing by to discuss their goals and explore opportunities that will help them reach these goals. Working with the staff has been a very personal and beneficial experience, and I will continue to check in with them as things progress.
An Example of How the Law School’s Cross-disciplinary Approach Influences My Legal Education:
Penn’s cross-disciplinary approach to the study of law permeates all aspects of the law school. This is especially pronounced in the classroom, where the professors’ cross-disciplinary backgrounds allow them to present and engage the law from a variety of perspectives. In torts, for example, Professor Klick draws upon his background in economics to consider various rules in tort law from efficiency and incentives angles. These considerations provide alternative lenses through which to understand tort law and evaluate the merits of competing rules.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
My favorite Philadelphia moment (or moments I should say) is enjoying a pepperoni pizza at Celebre’s, my favorite pizza place in South Philly.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
One of my favorite places on Penn’s campus is the Fisher Fine Arts Library. It’s a stunning building with a lot of character, and it provides a nice alternative to Biddle Law Library when you’re looking for a change of pace.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I am most proud of maintaining (for the most part) a balanced lifestyle while in law school. It certainly has its challenges, but one of the things that helps is the social atmosphere at Penn Law. There are plenty of opportunities to spend time with your classmates and friends in non-law-related settings. Penn also has an incredible gym- the Pottruck Center- which is definitely worth taking advantage of!
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
The Post-Acceptance Committee and Employment Advocacy Project.
What I Did for Public Service:
So far, I’ve conducted intake interviews for the Employment Advocacy Project.