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Did you always want to go to law school? I always knew that I wanted to go to law school. It was always something I was working towards. I volunteered at law firms and got any internship that had anything to do with the legal field. I kept working towards that eventual goal. I was a domestic violence advocate for several years, which gave me the passion and drive to work with people
How did NIU Law prepare you for your job? NIU Law has a lot of great practical programs. I was the Head of Chambers for the Trial Advocacy Society, which puts on a mock trial competition within the school. We practiced our arguing and litigating skills. That competition was a great opportunity for me to get a feel for the courtroom and for litigation. We also did a closing argument competition as first-year students. I started that program, because I really wanted to do something else other than reading and writing.
I made many contacts through the Career Opportunities Office. They gave me a great networking skill set that helped me find a job. They also did a really great job helping me to meet people and to get my foot in the door.
What was the best thing about being a student at NIU Law? It’s a very small school, and I had a lot of opportunities to get know the other students, professors, and alumni well. Everyone keeps in touch!
Class Year: 2011
Current title and job: Assistant State’s Attorney
DeKalb County State’s Attorney’s Office