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Allen Clarkson

J.D. Candidate, ’15 | Nashville, TN
Marshall University | Basic Humanities (Philosophy And Classical Studies Concentration)
“I chose Michigan State in large part because of the university’s international reputation. Combined with the International Law focus area at the law college, I know that my degree will be recognized globally and that I will have the knowledge I need to practice internationally.”
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You have just finished your 1L year. What was your experience?
I was so excited for my first year that the fall semester felt like it flew by; I was just so awed to be here and to be studying law that I barely looked up. In the early part of the spring semester, I hit a wall and started to question what I had been thinking by starting school again. With the support of a patient professor and the Academic Success Program, I was encouraged to talk with others students and found out I was not the only one feeling a bit lost. When it was out in the open that we all were feeling the same pressures and stresses, a whole new support network cropped up among our section.

Tell us about your involvement in Reinvent Law. How have these organizations contributed to your education or employment?
I visited a ReInvent Law meeting because I have a background in technology and it seemed a good fit. I was immediately welcomed and, despite being the newest visitor (and carting along a five year old), my input was solicited and people actually listened. The ReInvent Law Lab is building something very special in its study of how the legal practice is changing and being changed with emerging technology; the Lab is finding answers that will underpin 21st century law practice.

What does the MSU name mean for your legal education?
I chose Michigan State in large part because of the university’s international reputation. Combined with the International Law focus area at the law college, I know that my degree will be recognized globally and that I will have the knowledge I need to practice internationally.


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