UW Law’s Student Ambassadors are current law students who are dedicated to helping admitted students make a smooth and successful transition to law school.

As current second and third-year law students, all of our Student Ambassadors have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to thrive at UW Law. Their perspectives will help you feel more comfortable and confident as you begin your law school career.

Student Ambassadors answer questions, offer candid advice, and help new students navigate the challenges of their 1L year. If you have questions or concerns about entering law school, our ambassadors would be happy to speak with you. You can also visit our Student Organizations page to learn more.

If you have additional questions about the admissions process or would like to be connected with a student organization, please contact the Admissions Office directly at admissions@law.wisc.edu or 608-262-5914.  

Current students who are interested in getting involved with the Student Ambassador Program should complete this form and reach out to admissions@law.wisc.edu with any questions.

Our Student Ambassadors

Abdulrahman Alroumi

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Hometown: Kuwait City, Kuwait

Undergrad school and major: Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Private International Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: alroumi@wisc.edu

Q&A with Abdulrahman

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

Joining UW Law School was an easy choice. The Law school's reputation, offerings, and Law-in-Action approach made me choose UW Law. UW Law's reputation goes beyond the midwest and has alumni across the nation, making networking easy. The Law-in-Action approach gives us a sneak peek at how legal practice works. UW Law is rich in clinics, externships, and opportunities beyond classroom settings.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I flipped a house. I came across a little cottage on a river that needed some TLC. I knew I had to have it. Before the anticipated mentally tough challenges of law school, I wanted to spend my time doing physical work. I did much of the cottage's rehabilitation and construction work myself. Worth it!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

How many opportunities present themselves if you simply put yourself out there and ask. Law School is an incubator of future leaders, and we are surrounded by professors, faculty, and administrative staff who want to see us succeed. Simply asking them a question outside of class goes a long way.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Student Bar Association Middle Eastern Law Student Association Intellectual Property Student Organization Wisconsin International Law Society Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

1L summer - Summer Associate at International Counsel Bureau 2L summer - Summer Associate at Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC.

Any other interesting facts about you?

Self-proclaimed top-chef. Signature dish: Lambchops.

Hannah Balder

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Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts

Undergrad school and major: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachlor's in Rehabilitation Psychology

Interests: Labor and employment, disability rights and advocacy, legal and ethical compliance

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: hbalder@wisc.edu

Q&A with Hannah

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

As an older student switching careers, I knew it was important that I pick a school that would make me feel like part of a community. I attended UW-Madison as an undergraduate and wanted to return to a place that felt like home.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

Prior to attending law school, I worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor in Michigan helping students with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain competitive employment. I worked full-time until the very end of the summer.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I assumed that my note-taking strategies from undergrad and graduate school would also serve me well in law school, but that wasn't the case. I wish I had talked to other students about their study habits earlier in the school year to gather study strategies and come up with a plan that would work for me.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Law Students with Disabilities Coalition, Labor and Employment Student Association

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

During my 1L summer, I worked as a judicial intern for a magistrate judge in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I have a white lab puppy named BoJack at home.

Christopher Berry

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Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Undergrad school and major: Miami University - Ohio, Economics & Political Science with a minor in International Business

Interests: Securities Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance

Expected Graduation Date: December 2023

Contact: cberry3@wisc.edu

Q&A with Christopher

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

UW Law is a nationally-renowned institution with a history of producing high quality lawyers and individuals. The city of Madison definitely played a role too! It's the perfect size for me, with plenty of things to do all year round.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I was a bartender down in the Florida Keys! Everyone told me to enjoy that last summer before school, and I tried my best to take advantage of my time.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I had known more about the plethora of scholarship opportunities available both through the school/university and through third-party vendors. There are so many resources out there to try and make law school affordable!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I served as a representative for the Student Bar Association, as treasurer of the Business and Tax Law Association, and through the Business School I'm currently treasurer of both the Graduate Finance Organization and the Food and Wine Club.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

My first summer I served as a student associate with the Consumer Law Clinic, and my second summer I worked as a real estate finance associate focused on affordable housing in New York City!

Any other interesting facts about you?

A few summers ago I completed a cross-country bike ride to raise awareness for people with disabilities! I fundraised over $7,400 which all went to the local disability communities in the areas we served. We began in Seattle, WA and worked our way east to Washington, D.C.

Jodi Chung

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Hometown: New Berlin, WI

Undergrad school and major: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Bachelor's in Sociology

Interests: Labor & Employment Relations, Corporate law, and Adoption

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: jchung72@wisc.edu

Q&A with Jodi

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

UW Law was my #1 choice. Wisconsin is my home and I was not ready to pursue a legal career anywhere else. Plus, what I gathered about Madison during my search for law schools is that the UW Law community is top-tier. What I found here is everything I hoped to and could not imagine completing this JD degree anywhere else.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I worked a small private family law firm in La Crosse, WI. I worked as a legal assistant and helped with administrative tasks, drafting documents, and filing pleadings for Family Law, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, and Personal Injury.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish that I could go back in time and tell myself that I absolutely had what it took to get through the first year. Being a first-generation law student, who didn't even know I was "eligible" to apply to Law School after college graduation, I entered a completely unknown world when I moved to Madison. I was so anxious in the beginning and never felt like I was good enough to participate in class; network; apply to BigLaw jobs; run for executive positions in organization; and make friends in the law school community. I wish I could have told myself that I need to give myself grace where I can, and where I cannot, to be vulnerable with a select few in my class. More often than not, the students sitting next to me were in the exact same boat, hoping to relate to someone else.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a 2L Student Representative on the Student Bar Association; the Treasury of Asian Law Student Association; a UW Graduate Academic Lead for La Follette High School; and a Student Ambassador.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

During my 1L summer, I had the privilege of participating in the Diversity Clerkship Program through the State Bar of Wisconsin. I was matched with the Department of Corrections in Madison. I helped review and approve agency contracts; assisted in employment discrimination cases; and conducted (and won) my first solo agency hearing. I even had the honor of meeting and speaking with the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, Kevin A. Carr!

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love to explore new places, go hiking and hammocking; meet new people; talk about/listen music; write spoken words; and drink LOTS of coffee. I am also deeply passionate about education, underserved children, and adoption.

Makaila Davenport

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Hometown: Chesapeake, VA

Undergrad school and major: Hampton University, International Relations Major with a Minor in Military Science

Interests: Litigation - White Collar

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: midavenport@wisc.edu

Q&A with Makaila

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

The commitment to diversity as well as talking to Dean Rebecca Scheller was what peaked my interest in UW, but I am also a legacy! Both my uncle and father attended UW Law and thoroughly enjoyed their time here.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I worked as a Legislative Fellow on Capitol Hill in D.C.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I had known more about the importance of talking to students about their first hand experiences and visiting schools! Those first hand stories will help better prepare you for your 1L year.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am the current President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and I am also a member of the UW Moot Court Board and the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

During my 1L summer I worked for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and next summer I will be working at a firm in New York City focusing on their White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice!

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love to play the piano and the violin. I am also unashamedly obsessed with Tik Tok!

Will Fox

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Hometown: Middleton, WI

Undergrad school and major: UW-Madison, B.S. Biomedical Engineering

Interests: Intellectual Property

Expected Graduation Date: May 2024

Contact: wfox2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Will

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School because of Diploma Privilege, the opportunity to practice in Wisconsin after graduating, and the collegial atmosphere in the law school. When I was deciding between law schools, I appreciated how the staff and students I met with were so nice and welcoming.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

Before coming to law school, I worked at Epic Systems just outside of Madison. The summer before I started law school, I took time off of work to travel and see friends and family.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I knew how to prepare for class and exams. It takes some time to develop a study strategy for law school, but I have developed a strategy I enjoy by using Wisconsin's AEP as well as office hours with my professors.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved with the Wisconsin Law Review, the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, and the Intellectual Property Student Organization.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

During my 1L summer, I worked with the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic and Casimir Jones S.C. During these experiences, I was able to work with patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property issues.

Any other interesting facts about you?

In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, playing basketball, golfing, going on bike rides, watersports, skiing, reading, and playing games. I am from the Madison area, so I always have recommendations for restaurants and activities if you are interested.

Karen Suarez Jimenez

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Hometown: Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico

Undergrad school and major: Saint Norbert College

Interests: Public Policy, Immigration, and Litigation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: suzjimz@wisc.edu

Q&A with Karen

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

When I was looking into law school, I had interest in the area of Immigration Law. UW Law has a phenomenal clinic dedicated to this practice area, the Immigrant Justice Clinic, and that really drew me in. However, as my 1L year progressed, I realized I wanted to explore different practice areas of the law. Luckily, I have an abundance of opportunities to do that here. I am grateful to have chosen UW Law, so many doors have opened and continue to open for me.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

The summer before law school I worked for a firm in Green Bay, WI. I was able to work on cases ranging from medical malpractice to insurance law.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I would have taken more seriously the importance of rest and sleep. I was used to pulling all-nighters during undergrad and made it through the next day with ease. That is not the case during law school. Sleep and rest are crucial to your mental and physical health and to your academic performance. While you are are in the role of a student here at UW Law, you are still human and should prioritize your needs as such.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am Co-President of the Indigenous Law Student Association (ILSA), VP of Academic Affairs for the La Alianza, and am active with the other Legal Education Opportunites (LEO) Orgs as well.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I spent this past summer working with the Economic Justice Institute of the University of Wisconsin, specifically within the Immigrant Justice Clinic. I've worked on cases ranging from employment authorization to federal tort claims. I will continue to serve in this position throughout the academic year.

Any other interesting facts about you?

When I moved to the U.S. I learned British English before American English!

Braden Kundert

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Hometown: Lake Geneva, WI

Undergrad school and major: Carthage College, History & Political Science

Interests: Civil litigation, Constitutional law, Appellate practice

Expected Graduation Date: May 2024

Contact: bmkundert@wisc.edu

Q&A with Braden

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I am from Wisconsin, so I knew that I wanted to go to law school in Wisconsin. Additionally, UW is part of a great legal community and living in Madison gave me opportunities for both public interest and government work as well as private practice.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

The summer before Law School, I worked in the Political Affairs Department of State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski's U.S. Senate campaign. I also was (and still am) an LSAT tutor.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

Law school is very different than anything you've done before, so you will have to adjust your study habits to find what works best for you in law school. Personally, I wish I had known more about the importance of networking in the legal industry. It is so important when you are looking for jobs.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a member of the Wisconsin Law Review and the Wisconsin Moot Court Board. Additionally, I am the Vice President of the American Constitution Society chapter.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

During my first summer, I worked in the Criminal Appeals Unit at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. This was a great experience because it taught me more about appeals and helped me become a much better legal writer.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love hiking and camping in all the great parks around Madison!

Mady Lehmann

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Hometown: Pewaukee, WI

Undergrad school and major: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Legal Studies and Sociology with a certificate in Gender and Women's Studies

Interests: Family Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: mlehmann3@wisc.edu

Q&A with Mady

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

There are multiple reasons why I decided to come to UW Law School. I went to UW for undergrad and loved to school and the city of Madison. I came into law school not knowing exactly what type of law I wanted to practice, so I was very impressed with the variety of clinics offered. I am from the Milwaukee area, so I liked the idea of being close to my friends and family while being in law school.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

One thing I wish I knew about law school was that in most classes, your final exams are the majority, if not all of, your total grade. This was something very different to my undergrad experience and was something that took me time to adjust to.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved in Women's Law Student Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Public Interest Law Foundation, and Mock Trial.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

During my 1L summer, I was an Intern for the Missouri Public Defender Office. During my 2L summer, I was an intern for Amara Legal Center, which is an organization in the DMV area that provides many different free legal services to survivors of sex trafficking and sex work.

Any other interesting facts about you?

A fun fact about me is that during my 1L year, I started a clothing brand and nonprofit called No Worries. None. During my 1L year, my sister passed away and so I created the brand using her favorite phrase "No Worries. None." 100% of the profits from apparel sales go to scholarships in her name that help mostly first-generation students of color in the Milwaukee area.

Yuli Ruiz Márquez

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Hometown: Michoacán, México; Milwaukee, WI

Undergrad school and major: Marquette University, Social Welfare and Justice

Interests: Immigration, Public Interest

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: ruizmuez@wisc.edu

Q&A with Yuli

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided to come to UW Law School because of its Law-in-Action approach to learning. Hands-on learning serving communities I care about has a grounding effect on my education and motivates me. Diploma Privilege was also appealing since I plan to stay in Wisconsin to practice.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

The summer before I started law school was the summer after the pandemic started, so I was unable to work or continue my legal internship. I was also virtual all of 1L year, so my experience has been very different from what I expected when I applied to law school.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I had known the importance of self-advocating when I started law school. Every student comes in with different experiences and capabilities, and it is crucial to advocate for your own needs, and not be afraid to stand up and advocate for others as well.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am currently involved with the Latinx Law Student Association, Indigenous Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, and Law Students with Disabilities Coalition. My goal is to get further involved with other LEO organizations and campus wide organizations.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I started working with the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) over the summer, and I'll be working there for the entirety of the upcoming school year. It has been both devastating and incredibly rewarding to work with IJC, and it has been the best part of law school for me so far.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I am an immigrant and a first generation high school, college, and law student. ¡Y hablo español!

Annika Olson

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Hometown: Green Bay, WI

Undergrad school and major: University of Kansas, Political Science and Communication Studies

Interests: Criminal Law, Family Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: aolson39@wisc.edu

Q&A with Annika

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I chose UW Law School for a number of reasons, starting with the reputation of the school. The faculty were very impressive, the law in action approach to learning (clinics), the legal and political landscape of being in the state capital, and the fact that it was in my home state of Wisconsin so I could be closer to family were all factors. However, attending the open house day and getting to meet current law students, sit in a class, and see firsthand the collegial culture of the school was the deciding factor for me in coming to UW Law.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I worked for a career consulting firm and was a bartender / server at a marina!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

Touring law schools is an extremely helpful way to get to know the culture of the school and its students. It's important to pick a school where you feel comfortable and can be yourself because you will make lifelong friends and colleagues there!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Wisconsin International Law Journal, Family Court Clinic, Student Bar Association, Women's Law Student Association

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I was a Clinical Law Student for the Family Court Clinic my 1L summer and both semesters of 2L year, and was a Summer Law Fellow at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York my 2L summer.

Any other interesting facts about you?

My hobbies include photography, working out, and attending sporting events!

Karen Perez-Wilson

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Hometown: Madison, WI

Undergrad school and major: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Legal Studies

Interests: Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2024

Contact: perezwilson@wisc.edu

Q&A with Karen

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided to stay in Madison because this is where I grew up and staying close to my family was important to me. Having attended UW-Madison for undergrad, I was familiar with the resources this campus and city had to offer. My decision to stay was further reinforced after I completed LSAC's Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program at UW Law. It felt like a full circle moment when my first-year professors were the same professors that participated in the PLUS Program back in 2018.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I took a gap year before coming to law school which I totally recommend! During my time off, I studied for the LSAT, enjoyed my time out of school, and worked full-time at a high school as a Bilingual educator. I also used this time to read for fun to get into the habit of constantly reading, worked on developing and maintaining healthy/realistic habits, and created a plan to support myself mentally, academically, and financially.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I knew the impact law school would have on my emotional well-being. Working through the class materials were hard but working through the imposter syndrome was harder. I believe it's so important to create a plan that supports and prioritizes your mental health and emotional well-being.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I'm a 2L Representative for our Student Bar Association, the Vice-President of Community Affairs for La Alianza (formerly known as the Latino Law Student Association) and member of the Women's Law Student Association, First-Generation Lawyers, and QLaw. Aside from student organizations, I am a clinical law student at the Restorative Justice Project. I'm also a member of Dreamers of Wisconsin and serve on mentorship committees.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I was a Diversity Clerkship Scholar and interned at Ogden Glazer + Schaefer during my 1L summer. During my internship, I worked on intellectual property matters which I really enjoyed! I'm not sure what practice I want to pursue but I am open-minded and excited the explore a different area of law during my 2L summer.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I am the first in my family to graduate from high school, college and will become the first attorney! Outside of law school, I also have a small business called Your Biggest Flan!

Maria Pimentel Diaz

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Hometown: Humacao, Puerto Rico

Undergrad school and major: Iowa State University; Political Science and Public Relations

Interests: Sports and Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: pimenteldiaz@wisc.edu

Q&A with Maria

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

The community. I met Dean Scheller at a career fair in undergrad and from the moment I spoke to her I knew I was going to feel welcomed at UW. I applied to very different institutions all across the nation and the UW admissions team was always ready to answer all of my questions and make me feel like they truly wanted me as a part of the student body.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

My summer before law school was the summer of 2020. Stuck at home in the middle of the pandemic, I spent the summer with my parents and childhood friends and this really helped me relax and mentally prepare for law school.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I knew more about the grading system and the academic resources UW offered, like supplemental materials and the Academic Enhancement Program. Navigating the first year of law school, and trying to understand how the curved worked, felt daunting. Had I taken advantage of the resources provided to us, the first round of 1L exams wouldn't have been so scary!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I'm the president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, an active member of La Alianza and the Intellectual Property Student Organization, and a 3L representative for SBA. I'm also involved in the Student Advisory Board for the Office of Career and Professional Development and as student representative for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Committee.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

My 1L summer I worked as a Civil Litigation Extern at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. I got this internship through the Wisconsin State Bar Diversity Clerkship Program. This program helped me explore different areas of the law and realize how committed different organizations in Wisconsin are to increasing their diversity. Fall of my 2L year I worked for UW Athletics in their Compliance Office and in the spring I was a student associate for the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic working on various trademark issues. The intersection between these two positions helped me find my niche in intellectual property rights within sports and entertainment. My 2L Summer I was a judicial intern for Chief Justice Ziegler at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. This helped me further my legal research and writing skills, which will come in handy no matter what I do with my career. Currently, I'm a legal clerk with the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association working with their contracts and gift agreements!

Any other interesting facts about you?

I was born in the Dominican Republic so I hold dual citizenship!

Ami Punatar

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Hometown: Schaumburg, IL

Undergrad school and major: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Political Science and Psychology

Interests: Litigation, Healthcare

Expected Graduation Date: May 2024

Contact: apunatar@wisc.edu

Q&A with Ami

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided to come to UW Law because of their Law in Action focus! I really wanted to explore the opportunities that the law school had as well as the abundance of different classes you could take! It was a huge plus that UW Law was so close to home as well!

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I worked at a small law firm and did work that focused on personal injury and real estate. I also took about a month off to travel with family!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I knew more about the resources that UW Law had to offer, especially supplemental materials and the Academic Enhancement Program.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Wisconsin International Law Journal, Wisconsin Law Mock Trial, Women's Law Student Association, First Generation Lawyers, Student Bar Association

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I worked for a judge through UW Law's judicial internship program and it was amazing! I also worked as a project assistant for Professor McDermott at UW Law working on medical malpractice research!

Any other interesting facts about you?

I really like spicy foods and sometimes I custom order hot sauce!

Katie Sticklen

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Hometown: Joplin, MO

Undergrad school and major: University of Missouri, Journalism and Women's and Gender Studies

Interests: Constitutional Law, Tort

Expected Graduation Date: May 2024

Contact: ksticklen@wisc.edu

Q&A with Katie

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I fell in love with Madison on my tour of UW Law School. I had never been to Wisconsin before my tour, and loved the lakes, food, and activities available in Madison. I also was very interested in living in a combination of a city and college town, and Madison is the perfect combination.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

The summer before law school, I took time off to relax, read, and spend time with friends and family.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I knew to carve out time to explore Madison! I spent way too much time indoors my 1L year, and wish I would have taken advantage of all Madison has to offer. Whether it be exploring the outdoors, going to new restaurants, or going to Henry Villas Zoo, Madison has a lot to offer!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, Women's Law Student Association, AEP Criminal Discussion Leader

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

While in law school, I interned at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and with the Honorable Cotton S. Walker in Cole County, Missouri.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love being involved in the community I live in, so my favorite experiences so far have been volunteering at the local Ronald McDonald House and advising a sorority chapter at UW. Since I am not from Wisconsin and did not attend UW for undergrad, getting involved in the Madison community helped me better adjust to a new state/city.

Jason-Ray Swaby

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Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Undergrad school and major: Florida State University, B.A. in International Affairs

Interests: Corporate Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2023

Contact: swaby@wisc.edu

Q&A with Jason-Ray

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

UW Law School provided me with the resources I knew I needed, a great supportive environment, and a great city to spend three years. I visited Madison regularly before applying and knew what I was getting myself into. Diploma privilege in the state of Wisconsin was another driving factor for coming to UW Law School. That would permit me to work in a federal capacity without taking the bar in many cases.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I worked in marketing at an Am100 law firm.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?

I wish I knew how much time it would take to perfect all my materials, get the required letters of recommendation, and plan for financial stability while in school.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Moot Court, Black Law Student Association, and the Unemployment Appeals Clinic.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

So far, I have been able to work in-house at Northwestern Mutual and intern for a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

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