MSU College of Law

Gabriel Perez

Associate, Velasquez and Associates

2012 | Raleigh, NC

North Carolina Central University| Political Science

“I saw a very distinguished community that was growing at a rapid pace, and I wanted to be able to say that I was a part of it.”

Gabriel Perez chose MSU because it took him out of his comfort zone and challenged him in a way he never experienced before. “I saw a very distinguished community that was growing at a rapid pace, and I wanted to be able to say that I was a part of it,” he said.

Gabriel came from a background of politics, both by practice and study. “I have worked on a number of campaigns for various government positions ranging from President of the United States to local public offices,” he said. “My most memorable accomplishment was working as the campaign manager for Ms. Danielle Adams during her successful run for Durham County Soil and Water Supervisor.”

He said is hard to pinpoint a specific aspect of his legal education that best prepared him to practice law. “I will say that everything I learned my first year was the catalyst for my success to passing the bar exam. My first-year professors taught me how to act, write, and think like an attorney. Without those skills, I would not be where I am today,” Gabriel said.

Gabriel recommends that prospective students be strategic about law school. “A JD is very demanding, so make sure you prepare properly. As an undergraduate, take classes that require you to write papers. Read a lot, both for academics and for pleasure. Do all that you can to make sure you are in law school shape on day one. You wouldn’t show up to spring training without at least throwing around a baseball,” he said.