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Law School Snapshot: Texas Tech School of Law

3L, Texas Tech School of Law

The road to the Texas Tech School of Law from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies was an unusual one. I grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with aspirations to be a professional ice hockey player (not unlike most of my friends). That dream changed in 2006 when I witnessed a family friend argue a case in Washington D.C. in front of the United States Supreme Court. I instantly knew that I wanted to be an American lawyer. I loved advocating and helping people and I felt like I had the personality and work ethic to be successful. I stayed home for college, attending the University of Calgary and living with my parents to save money. In my junior year, I took the LSAT and applied all over the U.S. to law school, literally from coast to coast. Based on the quality of the professors, value, and the strong economy of the great state of Texas, I became a Texas Tech Red Raider. The city of Lubbock, Texas has been the ideal place to live and go to law school. Located almost exactly halfway between Dallas, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lubbock revolves around Texas Tech University. Affordable, friendly, quiet, yet energy-filled come football season, Lubbock offers the perfect mix of friendly West Texas hospitality and big-city amenities. Texas Tech School of Law is not only renowned for its high bar passage rate and West Texas charm, but for producing practice-ready graduates and some of the most successful attorneys in the country including Mark Lanier and Glenn West. With all of these considerations, I found myself in July 2012 driving 2,308 miles from Calgary to Lubbock leaving home for the first time to start my new life deep in the heart of Texas.

My first year was fantastic: I participated in advocacy competitions, learned all of my core subjects, and made some great friends. My first instinct was to pursue criminal law and my first summer I worked for a Federal Judge and the Federal Public Defender Office. To see how the federal system operated was fascinating. I wrote key legal documents and greatly improved my writing skills. I would suggest that any 1L student aim to improve their writing as much as possible their first summer, as it is an essential skill not only in the second and third years of law school, but in practice generally.

In my second year, I gained membership to one of the law journals and had the privilege of representing my school on multiple traveling advocacy teams. Most importantly however, I found my true passion . . . corporate law. I took Business Entities and was completely enthralled. How businesses operate and transact fascinated me. More importantly, I was able to work for two incredible Professors who are great mentors (and are also authors for Wolters Kluwer Law and Business). I was fortunate to become the Research Assistant for Professor Eric Chiappinelli and serve on Professor Gerry Beyer's journal. Both men are not only two of the most brilliant individuals I have ever met, but incredible people who I am proud and incredibly lucky to have as mentors. I truly believe that the greatest part of law school is not the knowledge that we as laws students are given, but the people that provide that knowledge.

After my second year I worked for an amazing corporate law firm in both transaction and litigation and have found myself pursuing opportunities in corporate law post-graduation. I am thrilled to now be the Editor-in-Chief of the only student-run Estate & Community Property Law journal in the nation and a member of the Board of Barristers. The biggest advice I can give those looking to pursue a career in law is to pour your heart into your pursuit and go for your dreams. Talk to people, find mentors, and be a sponge for information. Learning the law is not hard, but, like anything worth having, it takes hard work and determination.

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I am happy to call Evan as classmate as well as a friend. Good job buddy.

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This was a great read!

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So proud of you Evan! On top and rising!

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BRAVO, BRAVO Evan. Keep up the good work

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VERY good Evan keep up the good work

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