Every aspiring law student wants his or her application to stand out in the applicant pool, and so Global Legal Studies major Alyssa Gross '14 aimed to craft a unique and varied set of global undergraduate experiences that would stand her in good stead as she pursued her dream of attending law school.
As part of the Majors Abroad Program, students majoring in Global Legal Studies are required to spend at least two semesters abroad, interning in and learning about the legal processes of other countries and gaining valuable experience. Alyssa packed as much into her abroad experience as possible.
Beginning her freshman year, Alyssa participated in the Preview program to Scotland, where she acquired her taste for travel abroad. In her junior year, Alyssa returned to the Isles to spend semesters in Dublin as a Parliamentary Intern at the Irish Parliament, or Daíl, and at Oxford University studying law. Working as the sole Dublin staffer for politician Michael Healy-Rae, Alyssa practiced the important skill of separating her own views from that of her employer during controversial abortion law protests in Ireland. “It was very tough,” Alyssa recalled, “having to respond to angry letters and emails and give his opinion.”
Studying at Oxford presented a task as equally daunting as the practical experience of working in the Dublin Parliament. Even though she was used to Judge Christopher Cerski’s demanding Socratic style of teaching in courses including Constitutional Law I and II, the expectations in her Oxford courses brought new challenges. Instead of sitting in a classroom, for some courses Alyssa was required to meet personally with her professors each week to discuss essays she had written, further developing the type of on-your-feet thinking required in law school. “There was no one to hide behind,” said Alyssa, laughing. “I really had to be prepared.”
Now that her LSATs and her law school application process are complete, Alyssa fills her senior schedule with research assistant positions with Dr. Angela Kachuyevski and Dr. Maryam Deloffre, coursework, and even participation in the student dance troupe, Knight Club. When asked about the impending challenges of William & Mary Law School, where she has decided to enroll, Alyssa said, “I’m nervous, but excited! The applications were a stressful process, but I feel that my time at Arcadia really prepared me for what’s ahead.”
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