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Rachael Roseman

J.D. Candidate, ’14 | Jenison, MI
Grand Valley State University | Interdisciplinary Studies
“The King Scholar program has given me a different perspective on the law. In our doctrinal classes, we focus on the law as it is, but in King Scholar classes we discuss what the law should be. The classes offer students a unique opportunity to engage with some of the brightest minds about the philosophy of the law, and to develop one’s own philosophy about the law.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
The Law College does a great job giving students opportunities to get involved. I was involved in the Student Bar Association during my first few weeks. During the next year, I served on a faculty committee as a student liaison. The Law College is very supportive of students working in this capacity, which has allowed me to get to know several professors outside of class, and to get involved in changes in our school.

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
Since the first week of my 1L year, I had students willing to share notes with me and work in study groups. I have had several occasions where people sent me outlines and class notes without me even having to ask. While we all work hard and want to succeed, students are still willing to help each other out all of the time. I’m so thankful to be in a place where I can trust my classmates to help me.

Describe your experience in the Kings Scholar program.
The King Scholar program has given me a different perspective on the law. In our doctrinal classes, we focus on the law as it is, but in King Scholar classes we discuss what the law should be. The classes offer students a unique opportunity to engage with some of the brightest minds about the philosophy of the law, and to develop one’s own philosophy about the law.

Tell us about your involvement in Law Review, the Student Bar Association (SBA), and Spartan Youth Advocacy Society. How have these organizations contributed to your education or employment?
Getting involved in extracurricular activities has been an invaluable experience. Joining the SBA as a 1L allowed me to meet students from different sections and classes. My work on the SBA and the Spartan Youth Advocacy Society E-Board allowed me to get to know many people in the administration, and develop a professional reputation in the community. Involvement in Law Review has been especially rewarding, as it allowed me to work intimately with a faculty member, and to develop critical thinking, writing, and other skills necessary for the practice of law. It has also helped me to network and interact with students and professionals in the legal community. Most importantly, these positions have helped me develop my confidence as a leader in the legal community.


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