Student Spotlight

Jessica Chelst

photo of Jessica Chelst(Class of 2022)

"I chose Miami because the community felt like a great space, and I liked the small college town feel. I was accepted into the Prodesse Scholars Program as a Law and Public Policy (now Law and Politics) Scholar, which has given me a lot of opportunities to go to law school. I also got a good sense that Miami professors are supportive and willing to meet with me to talk about my interests and help me with any questions, even beyond schoolwork."

Read what Jessica had to say about her time spent with the Miami Dance Corps.

Santiago Puente Davila

(Class of 2022)

photo of Santiago Puente Davila"My experiences with Miami Mock Trial fit well with my plans to go to law school after Miami. I am very interested in diplomacy and international law. Regardless of where my career takes me, however, I know that I want to go to law school soon after my undergraduate studies."

Read what Santiago had to say about his study abroad experiences and Miami Mock Trial.

Justice Hubbard

(Class of 2020)

photo of Justice Hubbard"Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to pursue the study of law…As I grew up, that interest evolved into a passion for civil rights and constitutional law. When I came to Miami in 2016, I already knew that's where I wanted to end up."

Read what Justice had to say about his two majors and extracurricular activities.

Taylor Gordon

(Class of 2020)

photo of Taylor Gordon"My interest in politics and government began in high school, and pursuing my major at Miami has allowed me to delve into the study of public policy, political institutions, and political behavior. I'm particularly interested in the ways that gender and race affect political decisions and shape America’s political system. My study of these topics has been challenging and enlightening every step of the way."

Read what Taylor had to say about her study abroad and research experiences.

Harrison Graydon

(Class of 2018)

photo of Harrison Graydon"Miami's Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-law Education, of course, is another excellent resource that has helped me to prepare for law school. Maria Vitullo, director of the Center, as well as other faculty in the program have been very instrumental: telling me the best time to take the LSAT, recommending me the right materials for my applications, and guiding me through the courses I need. It's a very overwhelming process, but having the resources and people to talk to is an amazing benefit that is not available at many other schools. I know I would be lost without the program!"

See what Harrison had to say about his memorable study abroad experience in France's second largest city, Lyon.

Lauren Poythress

(Class of 2020)

photo of Lauren Poythress"I came to Miami during high school with the Bridges Program, which invites us to stay overnight in dorms and meet with students, faculty, and staff as we make our college decision. I also did a campus tour, came to Make It Miami, and sat down to meet with Maria Vitullo, the director Miami's Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education. Our talk helped solidify that Miami was the place I wanted to be."

See what Lauren had to say about her extracurricular activities and efforts promoting diversity.

Lindsey McCready

(Class of 2019)

photo of Lindsey McCready"[Amicus Curiae Pre-Law Society] brings in key people from the community to talk to its 50 members at bimonthly meetings: judges, professors, and practicing attorneys in all different areas of the law. It's very cool. Being in Amicus has exposed me to a lot of different ways that people practice the law — it's not just as an attorney! I've met people who work in law-related businesses and people who use their law degrees in consulting and other services that you might not expect."

See what Lindsey had to say about her DC internship and other experiences with the Inside Washington program.

Ellen Florek

(Class of 2019)

photo of Ellen Florek"For my future career, I've chosen the rather niche field of special education advocacy law. By fusing my Political Science major with my two minors, I feel that I have been able to harmoniously combine all of my interests together into a clear path forward."

See what Ellen had to say about studying abroad and the courses that inspired her.

Shannon LaGassa

(Class of 2016)

photo of Shannon LaGassa"Some of the most important people at Miami have been my incredible teachers and mentors. I took the Intro to Law pre-law class my freshman year with Maria Vitullo, the director of the Pre-Law Program…Maria's class gives a great introduction to law as well as some great information about how to get into law school."

Read what Shannon had to say about her extracurricular activities at Miami and her internship with a local law firm.