Laura Neme

Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit

2015 | Detroit, MI

University of Michigan | Philosophy, Law & Society, & Political Science

“The clinic provided me with hands-on experience, as well as necessary interpersonal skills. The experience has been invaluable.”

Laura Neme could tell upon visiting MSU Law's campus that the school would provide her with the legal education she wanted. “The classes, coursework, and professors have exceeded my expectations and challenged me in ways I have never fathomed,” she said. “The overall environment is competitive in nature, but friendly enough to where I have developed life-long friendships and future legal colleagues from across not just the country, but globe.”

At MSU Law, Laura feels that the professors care about students. “Our professors truly care and maintain an open-door policy. I have had the privilege of learning and receiving the greatest advice from our professors,” she said. “Academia enables students to learn the material, prepare for the Bar exam in the classroom, and prepare for work as an attorney through hands-on experience such as the legal clinics.”

Laura participated in the Housing Clinic and enjoyed it so much that she returned as a Housing II Clinician during her third year. “The clinic provided me with hands-on experience, as well as necessary interpersonal skills,” she said. “The experience has been invaluable.” Laura performed client interviews, negotiated agreements with opposing counsel, learned the applicable laws and the reason they were implemented, and appeared before judges on the record in court.

She said the clinic has reminded her of the reason she decided to attend law school - to help people. “It is very rewarding, especially in this area of law during this tough time with our economy. Whether it is through representing them in court, negotiating agreements, or educating people about their rights and ways to fight for them in different fairs or programs, the Housing Clinic has been instrumental to my legal education, professional growth, and future legal career,” she said.

In addition to the Housing Clinic, Laura served as a White House Intern in the summer of 2013. She said the experience equipped her with a greater understanding of public service and improved her legal research, writing skills, and speaking skills. “I experienced tremendous professional and personal growth that has helped prepare me for my future career,” Laura said.