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Louis Barnett

J.D. Candidate, ’15 | Alexandria, VA
University of Tennessee - Knoxville | History
“MSU Law has an incredibly diverse student body from across the United States as well as the world. It was truly eye opening to me to work so well with so many different types of people.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
The law college does an outstanding job of getting students involved. You cannot go a day without seeing several club tables eagerly trying to sign students up. Students have a very broad selection of clubs and extra-curricular activities to choose from.

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
Being from Virginia and hearing about the competitive atmosphere of law school, I was a little apprehensive. However, after making friends from Massachusetts, California, Washington, and Texas, I realized I was not an outsider. MSU Law has an incredibly diverse student body from across the United States as well as the world. It was truly eye opening to me to work so well with so many different types of people, whether it was working in a group together, sharing notes, or discussing topics during class lectures. The diverse student body of MSU Law is truly great, and is my favorite attribute of our great school.

You have just finished your 1L year. What was your experience?
1L year is a bit of a culture shock experience; classes are like being thrown into a pool and having to learn to swim yourself. However, support systems such as the Academic Success Program as well as Teacher Advisors serve as huge helps. The Academic Success Program gives you a plan for the semester, how to get organized, and how to prepare for exams. TA’s zealously review professor’s lectures through TA labs or through their office hours. These two options—which are things I am truly grateful for—open up a world of opportunity to help to students.

Tell us about your involvement in Jewish Legal Society (JLS). How has this organization contributed to your education or employment?
Being a member of the JLS allowed me to participate in the Jewish community within the law school. Classes keep me extremely busy, but having JLS allows me to keep a foot in the door in the Jewish community.

What does the MSU name mean for your education?
Anywhere you go around this country, people immediately know about MSU. Going to such a well-known school is a tremendous advantage for a law student. It is extremely important to keep up the great name and reputation MSU carries.

What is your advice for prospective students?
What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. The first year of law school is tough, but keep treading along and you will get through it.


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