They 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 same position.
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 flourish.
The list goes on and on. Law students doing the remarkable, the unselfish.
We asked the nation’s law schools for nominations, and then we whittled down the list. Our 25 Law Students of the Year come from all parts of the nation. Five are featured in the Spring issue of the National Jurist magazine, which will soon be available digitally. Below, you can read about an additional 20 amazing students.
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 vulnerable.
No doubt, they will make the profession proud. After all, they’ve already started.