Kaela Munster

Tax Attorney, Ernst & Young, LLP

2013 | Chicago, IL

Carthage College| Accounting, Business Administration, Geography and Earth Science

“[At MSU Law] I met new people who shared different ways of studying, researching, and networking that I never would have considered on my own.”

MSU College of Law’s extracurricular activities helped Kaela Munster find success in law school. “I met new people who shared different ways of studying, researching, and networking that I never would have considered on my own,” she said. “Participating in student organizations, as well as journals and Moot Court teams, enable students to collaborate based on shared interests.”

Kaela said she met some great friends and professors from participating in extracurricular activities. “Also, it is not healthy to study 24-7. You deserve, and often times, need a study break. Extracurricular activities are a great way to break up the monotony of law school.”

Aside from Extracurriculars, Kaela also enjoyed upper-level classes. “After 1L year, I was able to cultivate more intimate relationships with professors,” she said. “There are numerous professors I felt comfortable approaching and discussing my career opportunities with, and professors with whom I plan to stay in touch. The professors will typically make themselves available to you; you just have to ask.”

Kaela advises current and prospective students to be open-minded about career options. “While it is very apparent the legal market is a difficult one, it does not necessarily mean that you should avoid law school. You need to evaluate options and where you see yourself in the future,” she said. “Think about making yourself a well-rounded future attorney. Or if you want to focus on a niche area, make sure it's one you will be able to justify narrowly tailoring the classes you take and the opportunities you explore.”

In addition, Kaela said it’s important to keep law school in perspective. “Remembering to do things that make you happy and to participate in activities you actually want to do is particularly important and rewarding,” she said. “Treat your studies like your job, but be sure to take breaks—I found working out while catching up on television shows at the gym was particularly relaxing.”