Chintan Desai

Financial Advisor at Valeo Financial Advisors LLC

J.D. Candidate ’14 | Indianapolis, IN

University of Cincinnati| Finance

“The Housing clinic allowed me to be more clear in what I want to do as a lawyer. From the beginning, you develop a client base and conduct interviews. It is quite an experience.”

What is your experience with MSU Law? 
MSU College of Law is not afraid to try new methods to improve education. My first year began a new method of teaching 1Ls, and was advantageous because I learned practical experience from day one. It made me stand out as an employee. Furthermore, the variety of clinical programs and classes are at the forefront of where legal education is heading. 

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
It is easy to develop relationships. Professors’ doors are open and staff are easily accessible. Friends have lent me their notes, and have taken time out of their studying to help me understand topics. I have had multiple professors who let students sign up to get lunch with them. This idea was so cool to me, that I could get lunch with friends and my favorite professor to just chat.

Describe your experience as a clinician in the Housing Clinic. 
The Housing clinic allowed me to be more clear in what I want to do as a lawyer. From the beginning, you develop a client base and conduct interviews. It is quite an experience to help someone whose home is about to be foreclosed upon or a tenant who is getting kicked out of their apartment for unjust reasons. Plus, you learn to draft legal documents and papers. You can better interact with employers and network because you have an understanding of what they do.

Tell us about your involvement in the Student Bar Association (SBA), Journal of Business and Securities Law (JBSL), and Business Law Society (BLS). How has participation in these organizations contributed to your education and employment?
Being involved at school is important. Classes come first, but the right organizations allow you to get the most out of your experience. The SBA allows you to give back to fellow students while having fun. JBSL allows you to become a better reader, writer, and analyzer of the law. My involvement in these organizations has introduced me to potential employers. Employers have also commented how these organizations allowed them to see my leadership characteristics and gives gave them faith that I know what I am doing.

What is your advice for prospective students?
Law school is hard, but the MSU College of Law makes it fun as well.