Rebecca Berels

2017 | Shelby Township, MI

Washington University in St. Louis| Accounting

"I realized after the Admitted Candidate Visit Program that MSU Law was the place I wanted to be. Everyone I came into contact with made me feel extremely comfortable and made me feel like I belonged there.”

Rebecca Berels has known she wanted a career in law ever since she was a little girl. During her freshman year of college, she took on an internship at the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office. “That internship helped me decide to become a prosecutor, and I have continued with the internship every summer since then,” she said.      

One of the biggest factors that motivated Rebecca to choose MSU College of Law was the school's reputation and network. “MSU is a nationally-recognized institution with alumni networks spanning the globe,” she said. “I realized a degree from MSU would open many doors for me in the future. In addition, the opportunity to participate in the Washington, DC, Semester Program and the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute will prepare me to become a prosecutor.”

Rebecca researched law school rankings through the US News and World Report for overall rankings and rankings based on area of law. “After I decided that MSU was a good fit, I talked to my cousin and her husband, who are alumni of MSU Law,” she said. “Additionally, I discussed my options with the prosecutors at my internship, and researched the program offerings on the school's website.”

She also attended the Admitted Candidate Visit Program. “It solidified my decision to attend MSU Law,” she said. “The program was very well organized, and gave me insight into the law college. I realized after the Admitted Candidate Visit Program that MSU Law was the place I wanted to be. Everyone I came into contact with made me feel extremely comfortable and made me feel like I belonged there.”

For the LSAT, Rebecca took a class offered through her university that met twice a week February through April. “This probably amounted to about an hour a day of studying during this period,” she said. “We used the Examkrackers textbooks for this course, and I also purchased a few books that contained practice tests. I took April off to prepare for my final exams.” To prepare for Law school, Rebecca took electives with heavy reading requirements and analytical thinking. “My major was accounting, and accounting courses don't require much reading, so I wanted to be ready.”