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Ryan Conklin

J.D. Candidate ’15 | Plain City, OH
The Ohio State University | Agriculture
"There is a tremendous amount of brand capital that comes with the MSU name. Having a Juris Doctor from a nationally-recognized institution allows me to take my degree to other parts of the United States and be competitive with other graduates.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
In law school admissions, the phrase “open door policy” is liberally thrown around. Here, the professors abide by this statement. Whether I had a question or wanted to talk Spartan sports, my professors took time to chat. Another strength is the relationship the college administration has with the student body. Dean Howarth hosts “Food with the Dean” dinners, providing a forum for students to ask questions.

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
The community here has become a second family. I formed close friendships, resulting in the free-flow of outlines, practice exam answers, and class notes. Many professors learned my name, recognizing me outside of class. Within one week of returning from Winter Break, my professor called me by name, and I secured a reference for jobs. 

You have just finished your 1L year. What was your experience? 
The Law College does an exceptional job of coaching students. Whether through Immersion Week, workshops hosted by the Academic Success Program, or career services advising, there is a superb system for introducing first years to the rigors of law school. 

Tell us about your involvement in Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Spartan Law Student Society (SLSS). How has participation in these organizations contributed to your education and employment?
My involvement in SBA and the SLSS served two important roles: it gave me the opportunity to become friends with 2Ls and 3Ls, and it gave my law school experience a social element. The 2Ls and 3Ls were an invaluable source of advice; one 2L volunteered her free time to help me improve my arguments. Both SBA and SLSS provided me with social opportunities. 

What does the MSU name mean for your legal education? 
There is a tremendous amount of brand capital that comes with the MSU name. Having a Juris Doctor from a nationally-recognized institution allows me to take my degree to other parts of the United States and be competitive with other graduates. 

What is your advice for prospective students?
You will be interacting with professors who are some of the best legal minds in the country, students who might send you client referrals someday, and employers who may hire you for an internship. Take time to prepare for class, interact with people, and present yourself in a professional manner. The creation of your professional reputation begins on your first day.


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