Undergraduate / Major
Arizona State University, B.A. History/B.A. Political Science
Organizations and Activities
President J. Reuben Clark Law Society, President Health Law Society, Secretary Environmental Law Society, Secretary Christian Legal Society, Treasurer Federalist Society
Areas of Interest
Following politics, spending time with my wife and kids, playing and watching sports
I spent two years serving a full-time mission for my church in Canada from 2005-2007. I also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. They were both great experiences and great preparation for law school.
I have three pieces of advice: (1) Set a weekly study schedule at the beginning of the semester. (2) Meet with your professors regularly, even if you don't have questions about the material. Just make a quick visit to make sure that the material in your outlines is correct or complete. (3) Find a good group of peers early on; it is really helpful to bounce ideas off of them as you get closer to finals.
My favorite 1L class was Legal Research and Writing (LRW). I liked it because it gives you practical skills right from the beginning, like writing memos and briefs. I also liked it because the format allows for the assignments to build upon each other throughout the semester, which really helped improve my confidence in my own ability to write. My LRW professor, Professor Preston, was great because she made the curriculum so accessible and easy to understand. I never really enjoyed writing until I took her class.
I know that a lot of my classmates prefer to study at home, but I find that I do my best studying at the law school. My favorite place to study is the Shumaker Loop & Kendrick Lounge (SLK). It's quiet like the library, but it's close to the break room and the parking lot. Since it's next to the break room, you have easy access to the TV, fridge, and microwaves--for when you're feeling like a couch potato--and since it's close to the parking lot it's not a big hassle to pack up and leave when it's time. Plus it's open as long as the building is open (which is pretty much 24/7), whereas the library actually closes down. I also like that SLK has individual tables with lamps, which makes it pretty cozy. You can find me there with my laptop and books six days a week.
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