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Emily Smith

J.D. Candidate, ’14 | Cadillac, MI
Ferris State University | Psychology
“The Law College houses all staff and faculty, the law library, a computer lab, and even a café. It’s a smaller building and all classes and resources are in one place, making it easy to navigate and visit professors and classmates.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
The biggest strength is its tight-knit community. The Law College houses all staff and faculty, the law library, a computer lab, and even a café. It’s a smaller building and all classes and resources are in one place, making it easy to navigate and visit professors and classmates. This ease and closeness transfers to student groups. No matter your interest, there’s a student group for everyone.

MSU Law met my academic and social needs. It’s located in an urban town with plenty to do with friends and family. I’m able to be academically successful while being able to get out and have fun for those needed study breaks.

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
Because of the close community, I know professors and classmates better; you really get to develop strong professional ties as well as lasting friendships. Further, they are supportive of my family: my husband doesn’t have to worry about not getting along with anyone or feeling left out. There are many people here with families, including faculty, staff, and other classmates, so many events are family-friendly.

Describe your experience in the Indigenous Law and Policy program.
The Indigenous Law and Policy Center prepared me for legal work involved in Indian Country, and gave me confidence in the professional realm. The Indigenous Law Program offers various Indian Law courses and the Policy Center has given their expertise for things such as coaching for Moot Court to develop my advocacy skills, and getting connections to learn first-hand about various tribal entities and working with tribal governments.

Tell us about your involvement in Moot Court. How have these organizations contributed to your education or employment?
The National Native American Law Student Association puts on an outstanding program each year that gives law students experience researching, writing, and advocating about real issues facing Tribes and Natives. The Moot Court class also provided me with training for competitions and helped shaped my advocacy skills.

What is your advice for prospective students?
The Indian Law Program continues to be a strong program for those interested in working in the area. Indian Law touches all aspects of the law, including Family Law, Business Law), Environmental and Natural Resources Law. No matter what area of law you choose, Indian Law is something everyone needs to know, and MSU Law has the program to fit this need.


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