Amanda Frank, '12
Research Attorney, Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division
Previous Education: Double Major – B.A. Philosophy and English
Why did you choose Michigan State Law for your legal education?
I wanted to go to law school and leave with as little debt as possible. I knew Michigan State offered full scholarships to students who excelled in their undergraduate education and on the LSAT, so I prepared diligently for the LSAT to achieve a score that would ensure that I would receive the full scholarship. I could not be happier with my decision to attend Michigan State.
What aspects of your legal education best prepared you for the practice of law?
In law school, I served as the editor-in-chief of the Michigan State Law Review. In this role, I led a staff of over 70 students, and I worked directly with many professors and administrators. Being on Law Review and holding this kind of leadership position prepared me to work with a team and to be a leader, aspects of the legal profession that are often over shadowed in traditional law school courses.
What advice would you offer someone who is thinking about a career in law?
My advice is to think ahead, evaluate what areas of law and the kind of work you are interested in before you begin law school. It is important to keep your mind open, but going to law school without some kind of compass will prevent you from seeing opportunities as they arise. Law school is full of rich opportunities, but it is up to you to recognize them, evaluate them, and take advantage of them.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Being an attorney with the Research Division, it is my job to be objective and follow the law. Knowing that I am a guardian of our judicial system is an incredibly rewarding aspect of my job.