The National Jurist - Spring 2017 - 17
We honor 25 Who excel
in the classroom
BY Mike Stetz
hey are not even lawyers yet, but
that one little caveat doesn't seem to
deter those we honor as Law School
Students of the Year for the 2016-17 academic year. Each of them gives back.
One helps people who have been jailed
get back on their feet. She knows how hard
it can be. She spent 20 months locked up
for selling drugs.
Another advocates for undocumented
immigrants, helping them navigate our
nation's challenging immigration policies.
That's because she was once in that very
Still another works to make her impoverished Washington, D.C., neighborhood
safer. She has no intention of moving to a
world of sushi bars and BMW dealerships
after she completes her law degree. She
wants to stay and help her neighborhood
The list goes on and on. Law students
doing the remarkable, the unselfish.
Our 25 Law Students of the Year come
from all parts of the nation. Here, we profile five, one from each region of the country. An additional 20 finalists are profiled
on our website, www.NationalJurist.com.
We asked the nation's law schools for
nominations, and then we whittled down
The large number of outstanding candidates shows that the future of law is in
good hands, regardless of the obstacles
legal education faces today.
Not only are these students tackling law
school, which is immensely challenging in
itself, but also they are already looking to
right wrongs and fight for society's most
No doubt, they will make the profession
proud. After all, they've already started.
The NaTioNal JurisT