Law Students of the Year: Oluchi Ifebi, The John Marshall Law School

A Native of Nigeria, Oluchi Ifebi immigrated to Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She’s yet another immigrant we honor who has done amazing things since entering the U.S. She was an honors student and graduated with a bachelor of arts in Rhetoric and Writing & African and African Diaspora Studies.

After college, Ifebi visited Chicago and fell in love with the city. She immediately applied to John Marshall, where she has shined.

Ifebi has two passions: mentoring and affordable housing. As a college student, Ifebi found the lack of available mentors glaring and vowed to fill that hole for others.

At John Marshall, Ifebi immediately began to stand out. She first became a student ambassador, where she works with the Office of Admissions giving tours, assisting at open houses and serving as an adviser to first-year students.

 “I have dedicated my law school experience to making sure incoming law students have the tools and resources they need to be successful. Everything I do, I do for others,” she said.

Her passion for affordable housing coincided with the start of law school. In the past three years she has interned with organizations such as the Chicago Department of Buildings, the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ifebi hopes to work for HUD full-time after graduation.

As a student, Ifebi has also been extremely active in law school organizations. Among other things, she is a member of the Moot Court Honors Council, a competitor on the Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition team, a representative for both LexisNexis and Themis, treasurer of the Black Law Student Association, and a member of the Cook County Bar Association and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.

Ifebi was honored at the 2016 Unity Dinner, the premier event of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation. She was awarded the Jerold S. Solovy Diversity Scholarship Award, an award given to a law student who advocates for diversity within the Illinois legal community and works to bring focus to those who do pro bono work.

Ifebi is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s 2017 “Law Student of the Year” feature. Find more honorees here

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