Helen Mellas

Helen Mellas

About Helen: I love the Beatles and even named my cat (who joined me at NIU Law) Lucy after the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” I enjoy painting, baking, yoga, and spending time with my family. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in December of 2011 with degrees in Political Science and Psychology.

Previous Legal and/or Professional Experience: During my junior year at Loyola, I interned at a firm in downtown Chicago that specialized in family law. It was at this law firm that I confirmed both my passion for family law and, after researching for a child abuse case, my decision to become a Guardian ad Litem. From November 2011 through July of 2012, I worked downtown at a law firm that specializes in Worker’s Compensation claims.

What do you like the most about being at NIU Law? When doing research on law schools, I felt it was very important to contact the schools personally when I had questions (and there were many). I also made a point of attending meet-and-greets, taking a tour, and utilizing the resources that NIU Law offered. NIU Law was extremely helpful and made sure all of my questions were answered. In many cases, people referred me to additional individuals who could assist me even beyond what I originally needed. In speaking with professors, alumni, current students, and faculty at NIU Law, one thing was extremely apparent: everyone is there to help. Before starting classes, I had multiple upper level students reach out to me, offering any guidance I needed to make my transition to law school as stress-free as possible. I know this assistance will continue throughout my time here at NIU Law.

This interview was conducted in Fall 2012.

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