Gabriel Perez, '12
Associate, Velasquez and Associates
Raleigh, North Carolina
Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
Previous Education: B.A. Political Science
Why did you choose Michigan State Law for your legal education?
When I began pursuing my legal education, Michigan State was not necessarily my first choice; however, as I began to immerse in the process it became clear that it was the right choice. I chose MSU because it took me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in a way I never experienced before. I saw a very distinguished community that was growing at a rapid pace, and I wanted to be able to say that I was a part of it.
What aspects of your legal education best prepared you for the practice of law?
It is hard to pinpoint a specific aspect of my legal education that best prepared me to practice law. I will say that everything I learned my first year was the catalyst for my success to passing the bar exam. My first-year professors taught me how to act, write, and think like an attorney. Without those skills, I would not be where I am today.
What advice would you offer someone who is thinking about a career in law?
If law school is a goal of yours, pursue it 100%, but be strategic about it. Law school is very demanding, so make sure you prepare properly. As an undergraduate, take classes that require you to write papers. Read a lot, both for academics and for pleasure. Do all that you can to make sure you are in law school shape on day one. You wouldn’t show up to spring training without at least throwing around a baseball.
Tell us about a personal accomplishment that you achieved outside of law school.
I come from a background of politics, both by practice and study. I have worked on a number of campaigns for various government positions ranging from President of the United States to local public offices. My most memorable accomplishment was working as the campaign manager for Ms. Danielle Adams during her successful run for Durham County Soil and Water Supervisor.