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Daniel Berkowitz

J.D. Candidate 2014 | Aurora, CO
Boston College | Political Science
“Engaging with a case in a very grounded and practical way allows me to get an experience you just can't replicate in other types of classes. I've practiced so many trial skills because of the Trial Practice Institute program that I feel confident in what I'm doing.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
Michigan State does a great job of being seriously academic and very welcoming. There are a number of great specialized programs, and students have the opportunity to participate in activities and classes that can't be found at other law schools.

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
My relationship with my peers, faculty, and staff has been entirely positive. I've had fellow students offer me their notes if I had to miss a class because of a Jewish holiday or for other reasons (I of course returned the favor!). All of the professors I've had at MSU have been extremely knowledgeable and very approachable.

Describe your experience in the Trial Practice Institute (TPI) program. 
The TPI is one of the reasons I came here, and has been the best part about my legal education. Engaging with a case in a very grounded and practical way allows me to get an experience you just can't replicate in other types of classes. I've practiced so many trial skills because of the TPI program that I can feel confident in what I'm doing during my summer internship. It’s the number one class that got me prepared for what I want to do with my legal career.

Tell us about your involvement in Moot Court and Jewish Legal Society (JLS). How have these contributed to your education or employment?
Participating in Moot Court has given me the opportunity to fulfill my competitive fire, but also to practice trial skills I plan to use during my legal career. The Jewish Legal Society has allowed me to have a little community within the larger MSU Law community. The JLS networking event has given me courage about networking with fellow attorneys.

What does the MSU name mean for your legal education? 
Saying I'm a Michigan State University student allows me to be seen in a positive light right away. MSU has a great reputation nationwide that will carry you far.What is your advice for prospective students?The most important thing to know choosing a law school is to know yourself. Because of the experience I’ve had interacting with MSU Law faculty and staff, and because of the Trial Practice Institute, I know that MSU was the right place for me. 


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