Evan Bonnstetter spent two years working in the Chicago suburbs as a residential title examiner for Chicago Title Insurance Co. “I am also an avid outdoorsman,” he said. “I have been a member of the Boy Scouts of American, both as a youth and as an adult leader, for most of my life. I am also an avid reader and book collector. I hope to combine my love of the outdoors, my background in real estate, and my legal education into a successful career in real estate law.”
Evan said four factors influenced his decision to attend MSU Law. “I was initially attracted to the name recognition that Michigan State enjoys. Second, MSU's sprawling and spectacularly beautiful campus immediately made an impression on me. Third, I was impressed with the degree of individual attention that MSU Law gave to me. Fourth and finally, MSU gave me the impression, more than any other school, that they are genuinely passionate about the law and interested in the well-being and success of their students. MSU has a strong alumni network and an excellent career support office.”
Evan self-studied for the LSAT. “I utilized a combination of an online study program and some supplementary books. I did a lot of practice problems and took several full practice exams.” He prepared for law school by taking logic-based classes in undergrad, such as intellectual history and the history of philosophy. “These classes challenged my logical comprehension and reasoning.”
In researching MSU Law, Evan utilized a variety of sources—primarily LSAC published materials, the MSU Law website, and personal conversations with MSU Law alumni and students. He also participated in MSU Law webinars. “The webinars presented fantastic learning opportunities and were a large factor in my decision to attend MSU Law,” he said. “They clarified and simplified the admissions process and made it much easier to navigate. The webinars also presented some excellent opportunities to learn about changes and developments in the legal market. Finally, they offered some excellent advice for polishing up my resume and LinkedIn profile before school began.”
“I can't emphasize enough how thoughtful and personal the experience felt to me,” Evan said. “I was greeted by name by Dean Roboski at the door. The sample class was an excellent tool and made it much easier for me to imagine myself taking the final step into law school. The Office of Financial Aid made it a very pleasant visit for me as well.”
Evan encourages all applicants to take the time and do the research to get to know a school, but also to visit the school, and get a first-hand experience of what the next three years of your life will be like. “I am so glad that I took the time to do so. I'm half-way through my first semester and am loving it here at MSU,” he said.