Law School Students of the Year

We've said it before and we'll say it again: There's no more difficult story to write then our annual Law School Student of the Year feature.


Because choosing the Law School Student of the Year, the runners-up and the finalists is almost an impossible task.

So many are deserving. 

In the end, it comes down to splitting hairs, to be honest. So many of the nominees are such extraordinary people who've achieved much in their young lives.

We are thrilled to honor them.

This year's winner is Alexandra (Ally) Pruitt, a second-year student at UIC John Marshall Law School in Chicago (pictured above). We profiled her in our Spring National Jurist issue.

In that issue, we also honored three more students as runners-up. They are: 

Benming "Benny" Zhang, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, Va.

Emily Genzlinger, University of California, Irvine School of Law.

Hannah Steketee, West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown. 

But we realized our work was not yet done. We just couldn't stop there when so many other students are deserving. Indeed, even narrowing the list of finalists to six was difficult, given the accomplishments of these students.

And we once again are heartend to realize that the future of the legal profession is bright and in capable hands. 

We honor:

Sam Faisal, Suffok University Law School, Boston 

Jose "Angel" Guiterrez, Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock  

Al Metoxen (In memoriam) Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minn. 

Brenda Reyes, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, R.I.

Bryant Roby, Chicago-Kent College of Law

Kayla Santosuosso, New York Law School