Shelby Avery

2019 | Midland, MI

University of Michigan| Sociology, Law, Justice and Social Change

“The 1L Appellate Oral Argument Competition was a wonderful experience. Not only did my professor help me in preparing a brief and argument, but I also had the wonderful opportunity to present my appellate argument in front of several lawyers and judges."

As far as real-world experience goes, Shelby Avery has taken advantage of MSU Law’s exceptional experiential learning opportunities that provided her with valuable connections.

“The 1L Appellate Oral Argument Competition was a wonderful experience,” said Avery. “Not only did my professor help me in preparing a brief and argument, but I also had the wonderful opportunity to present my appellate argument in front of several lawyers and judges. In the final round, I was able to argue in front of a Sixth Circuit Judge, Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Eastern District Judge. A unique opportunity for a first-year law student, and one that MSU made possible!”

After choosing MSU Law due to its welcoming atmosphere, Avery began the journey of law school—one she said was easier because of the resources available.

“Law school is a very high-stress environment, but the people at MSU help to alleviate some of this stress,” said Avery. "Professors are very accessible! If you have a question or concern, they are always open to helping. Students are incredibly cooperative and very encouraging of one another's success. There are so many opportunities to get involved at MSU Law!”

Among those opportunities, she said, are clinics, competitions teams, Student Bar Association, Journals, and countless student organizations.

“If you have a passion, MSU has a group,” said Avery. “If they don't - you are provided the resources to start your own!”

With the help of the Career Services Office, Avery secured summer employment with a Michigan Court of Appeals Judge and clerking for Oakland County Corporation Counsel.

“CSO helped me prepare for the interview and application process that led to both of these opportunities,” said Avery. “I am excited to make valuable connections and put my law education (so far) to work in both of these roles!”