I chose to study law because… I wanted to work in a field that truly impacted people’s lives. When someone seeks an attorney, often that person has exhausted other available measures, and the person comes to you looking for advice and guidance that can ultimately change their life. In addition to that, I wanted to pursue a career in which every day would present to me new challenges and problems to solve.​​

I decided to attend DePaul College of Law because… when I visited during one of DePaul’s open house events, I felt that the school had a warm and welcoming environment that fostered positive relationships between students, rather than fierce competition. Additionally, DePaul’s vast alumni network in Chicago appealed to me because I intend to practice here after graduation.​

The learning environment here at DePaul is… unlike anywhere else I know of.  Students are eager to work with one another and help each other out. Likely, if you happen to miss something in class another student is willing to explain an issue or supplement your notes. Many professors have an open-door policy and are eager to see their students understand the material, which is especially helpful as finals approach.​​

The law class I have most enjoyed here… is a tie between Litigation Lab, Trial Advocacy and Consumer Protection. Litigation Lab, a first-of-its-kind class, offers students the opportunity of having practicing attorneys bring in their real cases to class for students to discuss and analyze. Trial Advocacy allows for students to test their litigation skills in a real courtroom at the Daley Center, which is a valuable experience to have prior to going out and practicing. I’ve enjoyed Consumer Protection because Professor Lewis teaches the class by working through hypothetical problems consumers can encounter every day rather than just discussing cases day-in and day-out.​​

When I have free time, I like to… read non-law related books, go out and take scenic pictures, and ride my bike along the lakefront. Most any activity is better by going to lakefront in the spring, summer and fall.​​

Here, the diversity of students, faculty and staff… gives students the opportunity to view things in many different ways. Because there are students and faculty from all over the country and the world, the political and social views are quite vast, and everyone is open to this diversity.​

For DePaul College of Law students, the opportunity to attend school in the city of Chicago is… an invaluable and fun experience. We have a huge DePaul alumni network and the alumni are very involved with the law school, and are willing to help the law students in many ways. Also, Chicago is a major legal market and the number of small, medium and large law firms here is truly amazing. Additionally, many professional associations are headquartered in Chicago and they also seek legal professionals. There’s really something for everyone here. I’ve found the city of Chicago itself to be a great place to live. We have the lake along with bike and running paths, theaters, various cultural events, museums and a variety of different neighborhoods that each offers something special.​​

DePaul's College of Law is unique compared to other schools I considered attending because... of the hands-on learning experiences that are offered here.  While learning legal material from textbooks is essential, having the opportunity to put your litigation skills to work prior to starting your career is important, and DePaul offers that.  You can try your litigation skills in a court, test your mediation skills with other students, or join one of the legal clinics at DePaul.  And if you want to hone your skills in a particular field of law, DePaul has an extensive externship program that students are encouraged to participate in.​​

The instructors at DePaul's College of Law are... eager to see their students succeed. They are in touch with the students and their views. Many professors have an open-door policy where students can come in and talk to them about both class and non-class related things. I’ve discussed with quite a few of my professors my future career plans and they have all offered both their advice and any help I might need. ​​

After graduation, I plan to… practice in the field of personal injury, specifically medical malpractice and product liability. Also, I am interested in consumer protection so I may pursue a career with a state or federal agency.​​

The one thing I’d like to say to students considering DePaul College of Law… is to come and visit the school! You can attend one of the open houses where there are a variety of events planned, or you can schedule a tour with the Admission Office. Just looking at the Web site only gives you a limited view of what it is like here. By visiting in person you can see first-hand what a great learning environment we have, how the students interact with one another and the many resources available to students to further their success.​​

Area of Study: Law
Graduation Date: May, 2010
Hometown: Lemont, Illinois
Alma Mater: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Awards & Achievements:
Campus Involvement:
  • ​DePaul Student Advocate
  • Student Bar Association - Student Mentor
  • The Schiller DuCanto and Fleck Family Law Center - Fellow​
Current Employment: