Megan Boelstler, AC Class of 2011
Megan Boelstler will graduate in 2011 with a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Spanish. She will begin law school in the fall at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, where she earned an academic scholarship.
At Adrian College, Megan was President of Alpha Chi Honors Society, Vice President of Chi Omega, Alpha Chi Honors Society, Vice President of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honors Society, Vice President of the Pan-Hellenic Council, Public Relations Chair of the Feminist Empowerment Movement, and a volunteer literacy coach at the Adrian Community Preschool.
“I have chosen to attend law school because I think it will be the best way for me to utilize my strengths to accomplish my goals,” Megan writes.
“My professional goal is to work in the field of international public interest law, an area that will allow me to be an advocate for equality and human rights on the international level,” she goes on to write.
“Adrian College has helped to prepare me for law school by providing assistance through the admissions process and by guiding me throughout my four years at Adrian College. When I received my letter for admissions from Indiana University, the Assistant Dean for Admissions wrote a note praising my letters of recommendations—a clear demonstration that not only do the faculty of Adrian College care about their students but also that they invest their time and energy as mentors. Their support and guidance have helped to give me the confidence to pursue my goals. Having professors that I truly respect and who know my capabilities has motivated me to work my hardest and to challenge myself to meet their expectations. Taking advantage of the many opportunities at Adrian to get involved, such as participation in student organizations and studying abroad, has helped me to grow as a leader and as a person.”
Christina Kuss, AC Class of 2011
Christina Kuss has been accepted into the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and will begin her course of study there in the fall of 2011. Christina majored in Criminal Justice. She was involved in numerous student organizations, serving as President for Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honors society and Vice President and Historian for Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors fraternity. “Law school is something that I have considered since high school…I would love to work at a small law firm. I hope to either practice criminal law or family law as I am currently interested in both. However, my ultimate goal is to help people,” Christina writes.
“Adrian College has prepared me for law school in many different ways,” says Christina. She credits the internship she did at Adrian with Probate Court Judge Gregg Iddings, the challenging pre-law curriculum and sound academic advising with preparing her for the study of law. “[M]y internship with the Probate Judge was a wonderful opportunity. I learned so many things through my internship that I don’t think can be taught in a classroom setting. Second, the pre-law classes here were demanding, yet fun and I feel that I learned a lot. Finally, the faculty and my advisor were always encouraging and there to help.”
Holly Lowe, AC Class of 2011
Holly will begin law school at the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law during the Fall 2011 semester. She was a history major, political science minor and a member of Phil Alpha Theta while at Adrian College.
“I decided to attend law school because I like learning new things…for the excitement of it,” Holly writes. “My professional goals are to work in a large firm practicing corporate or international law. “ She wrote the following about how Adrian College prepared her for law school:
“AC prepared me for law school in many different ways. Starting with the application process the staff here at Adrian has been very helpful in giving advice on how to write a personal statement and what law schools are looking for. The classes that I have taken have helped me improve my public speaking skills and writing skills to a point where I enjoy talking in front of groups of people, and feel comfortable with my writing skills. Throughout various different courses here at Adrian College I have learned how to take a stance on a certain position and defend it. I think this will help me in law school as well.”
Sean Murphy, Class of 2011
Sean Murphy, a double major in philosophy and criminal justice while at AC, has been accepted into Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a 100% tuition scholarship. He plans to begin his coursework there in May, 2012. He hopes to one day be a professor, either in philosophy or law. Sean was involved in multiple honor societies at AC, but it was while taking one course in particular that Sean’s interest in studying law was piqued.
“After taking Philosophy of Law, I decided I wanted to learn more about how legal systems function in practice. So I started taking some criminal justice courses and learned a great deal about the law from a variety of them,” Sean writes.
Alyssa Allen, AC Class of 2011
Alyssa Allen has been accepted into the University of Michigan Law School and will begin her course of study there in the summer of 2011. Alyssa majored in Business Administration with minors in Political Science and Psychology. She was involved in numerous student organizations such as the Adrian College Dance Team, Chi Omega sorority, Circle K, and the pre-law club. “I decided to attend law school because I find the law fascinating, and I knew that getting a law degree would open many doors for me in my future career path,” Alyssa writes. She would like learn more about the practice of law before choosing which area of the profession to pursue. “Although I am uncertain of the specific type of law that I would like to practice in the future, I am interested in both corporate and criminal law and I envision myself working for a large law firm after graduation.”
Alyssa credits the diverse instruction she received at Adrian for her law school admissions success. “I feel that Adrian College helped me get into law school by emphasizing a well-rounded education. I took numerous writing-intensive courses, and I believe this helped me on the LSAT as well as writing my personal statement. Also, many of my classes emphasized critical and analytical thinking, and I believe that this also aided me during the LSAT and application process.”
Justine Sylvester, AC class of 2010
Justine graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice with a legal track concentration. She is beginning her first year at Thomas M. Cooley Law School this fall, where she earned an academic scholarship.
While at Adrian Justine was President of Alpha Phi Sigma (the criminal justice honor society) and Vice-President of the Pre-Law Club. She was also a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi and the dance team.
“My professional goals are changing as I learn more about the law,” Justine writes. “At this point, I know that I hope to become an associate attorney at a firm and eventually share my enthusiasm for the law through teaching.”
When asked about her experience as a pre-law student, Justine wrote:
“Adrian helped prepare me for law school through the courses that were implemented in the curriculum shortly after my first year at AC. The legal track has several courses that dive into some of the fundamental skills that law school requires its students to possess and teaches you how to cultivate those skills. Not only were the courses helpful in preparation for law school, but having professors that have had the law school experience there to help guide and coach you through the application and admissions process was very beneficial. Their experiences gave us trusted testimony of what to expect and what to prepare for.”
Jennifer Hostetter, AC Class of ‘09
Jennifer graduated in 2009 with a degree in Business. While attending Adrian she was a member of Alpha Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, motor board and the dance team.
She is now in her second year at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, in Bloomington, Indiana. She hopes to eventually practice in the area of family law. “I feel family law is one of the areas where you can truly help people. I also would like to work with and/or for the kids one day. I worked with the Department of Child Services for Indianapolis and really enjoyed assisting getting children the help they needed.”
When asked about her experience at Adrian College, Jennifer wrote:
“I feel that Adrian College prepared me for law school in a number of ways. First, the professors helped tremendously, especially when it came to prepping for the LSAT, filling out applications, writing letters of recommendations, and writing my personal statements. Without assistance from professors and my advisor I would have been in the dark throughout the application process. They were also very encouraging throughout the entire year. A lot of the pre-law classes taken at Adrian helped during my 1L year by giving me a starting base for all my classes. I also feel that the smaller class sizes at Adrian allowed for better student-professor interaction and was similar to what I experienced my 1L year.”