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Alumni News 2012

News from Michiko Vartanian, June 2012

I absolutely love law school!!  Although it was a bit ambitious to try and complete my thesis during the first year and I made my life temporarily more difficult, now that I have nothing to focus on except the law, it is really going well!  I am Amjuring in several of my classes (i.e., top of the class!) and I am on the short list for Moot Court, which would be not only great fun but an excellent resume builder!  I also have a job as a law clerk so I am putting everything I’m learning in school to practical good use and building my legal skills.  Sometimes I can hardly believe that someone is actually paying me to do legal work!!

I know that my background in linguistics definitely gives me a leg up on many of my contemporaries.  So much of the law is language.  Being able to approach cases, briefs and law review articles with a sense of confidence, as well as being able to write legal documents effectively, takes a lot of the pressure out of law school.