- Anne Blake
Do you have an impressive experience?
I spent a semester abroad in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was an amazing opportunity to attend classes in another country, to experience a different culture and to travel!
Favorite movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Favorite artist: Wilco
Favorite fictional lawyer: Jack McCoy ("Law & Order")
Law School Snapshot
What advice would you give first-year students?
The first year of law school is tough, but you will get through it. You will roll with the punches and find that you are stronger for them.
What makes a successful student?
Being prepared for, listening to and participating in class discussions. The ability to adapt when something is not working. Determination (and coffee) to power through long study hours.
What’s your best experience at the School of Law?
I really enjoyed participating as a mentor during the 1L Orientation Week this past August. Also, the first time I could call myself a 2L instead of a 1L; that was a pretty magical moment!
How do you balance life and law school?
I have to remind myself to take time for me and to make time to see family and friends. The pressure of law school is pretty constant, and I tend to get wrapped up in schoolwork, but taking the time to go for a run or go to dinner helps to keep perspective!
What impresses you most about School of Law professors?
The professors at SLU LAW have extremely impressive academic backgrounds and professional achievements. I’m sure not a week goes by without a news/media outlet quoting or interviewing a SLU LAW professor. The professors here are also incredibly approachable and truly care that their students are learning.
What professional experiences/summer positions or clinical experience have you had?
I was lucky enough to intern at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri this past summer. I worked with clients who were survivors of domestic violence and helped them with their Family Law needs: divorce, custody, paternity, and/or orders of protection. The hands-on experience of drafting motions to file, serving subpoenas, researching client issues, and spending 2-3 days a week in the courtroom was fantastic. The lawyer I worked with was extremely well-respected and through her and this experience, I was able to take what I learned in the classroom and actually have real world application.
What is your favorite thing about SLU LAW?
The sense of community within the law school. The students here overall like each other, enjoy going to school here, and many are active in organizations that make the law school experience better for everyone.
Is there a department, faculty or staff member that has made your SLU LAW experience easier/better?
Sidney at the front desk!
Spotlight on St. Louis
What is your favorite part of St. Louis?
Too many to choose: Busch Stadium, Tower Grove Park, South City, Soulard, Central West End, Forest Park, Washington Ave., the Zoo, the Arch.
What would you tell a prospective student about living in St. Louis?
St. Louis City has seen so much growth in the past decade and choosing to live in many of the neighborhoods nearby SLU LAW will be a rewarding decision. With so much to do and the city full of young professionals, students new to the area will fit in well. Also, if you choose to live downtown, you can’t beat walking to school!
Where’s your favorite place to eat downtown?