MSU College of Law

Laura Bassett

2017 | Chattanooga, TN

The University of Tennessee | Economics and International Business

“It was a huge decision to move 11 hours away, but thankfully, attending the Admitted Candidate Visit Program allowed me to meet some of the professors and staff, who passionately repeated their commitment to the students. That was the final factor that convinced me to choose MSU Law.”

Laura Bassett attended the University of Tennessee for her undergraduate degree and participated in the Global Leadership Scholars (GLS) program, which piqued her passion for international issues. Her decision to attend MSU College of Law was initially motivated by MSU Law's courses in international law.

“An even larger component of my decision to attend MSU was the transparency of the financial aid office,” Laura said. “They offered clear guidelines for retaining and even increasing aid. It was a huge decision to move 11 hours away, but thankfully, attending the Admitted Candidate Visit Program allowed me to meet some of the professors and staff, who passionately repeated their commitment to the students. That was the final factor that convinced me to choose MSU Law.”

Laura discovered MSU Law when she received a phone call from a University of Tennessee graduate who chose MSU Law. “The effort that the admissions office put into reaching me when I hadn't even applied yet really gave me confidence in how I would be treated as a student,” she said. “This was only confirmed by attending Preview Day. My interactions after I applied, was accepted, confirmed my attendance, and moved to Michigan have been nothing short of helpful and encouraging from all of the MSU Law community members.”

Laura said she also had a terrific time attending the Admitted Candidate Visit Program. “It was wonderful to be able to hear from professors and staff members who genuinely care about the students, and being able to tour the building and see a little bit of the area helped me to envision myself as a student at MSU Law,” Laura said.       

She recommends that prospective law student not to be afraid to step outside their comfort zones. “Sometimes, the best fit won't be the area—or climate—that you're used to, but if you're open to all possibilities, you will find a school that will allow you to thrive as a law student,” she said.