Here’s the fourth edition of College and Career Diaries. Today’s post is with someone that I respect. I know that at the end of this you will respect her as well.
Mrs. Iesha Nunes is a Commercial Litigation lawyer at White and Case LLP law firm in Miami. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a double major in Criminology and Family, Youth, and Community Science. From there, she went on to graduate from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law in 2016. I got the chance to pick her brain about all things law.
How can someone on the Pre-Law track in undergrad prepare for law school?
I recommend taking substantive writing courses that will improve your writing skills and challenge your ability to analyze text. I would also recommend taking business courses because although business law may not be the area you are most interested in, it is intertwined with almost every subject of law. It’s harder to catch up in law school if you don’t have
What are some LSAT study tips?
Study long and hard! You should be spending the majority of your time studying in preparation for the LSAT. If you are able, I would recommend not taking classes or working while studying for the LSAT so that you can devote as much time and attention to it as you possibly can. The LSAT is so very important to ensure that you get into a top law school (which makes it easier to get a job later down the line). If you don’t get a great score (aim for the 160s or higher), you should definitely study hard and re-take it. I also recommend taking a prep course if you can. Research them to find out the best one for you and don’t forget to take more practice exams than they give you
What are some study tips/ techniques that worked for you while you were in law school?
I read for class the night before or woke up early the morning of class to make sure that I was prepared. I briefed every case for the first semester until I got comfortable processing and retaining the information quickly. I also used class outlines from 2Ls and 3Ls to better understand cases and the bigger picture for the course. It’s also important to study with others once you feel prepared to make sure you aren’t missing anything! Don’t forget to use supplements efficiently. Personally, I used supplements after I finished my outlines to reinforce all of the information but you have to do what works best for you!
What is something that you expected from law school that was different once you got there?
I expected law school to be very competitive but the students at my law school were extremely collaborative. Everyone helped one another to succeed. This may not be true at every law school, which is why it is important to speak to people that go to the law schools that you are interested in so that you can make sure it’s a good fit for you.
What advice would you give to someone about to enter law school?
Get ready for a crazy ride! Law school is incredibly tough but it is also transformative. You will not only transform the way that you think, but you will also learn the importance of networking and connecting with others.
How can you stand out as an undergrad applying for law school?
Write a personal statement that speaks to who you truly and engage in leadership positions in organizations that matter to you. You should be able to relay your experiences in life and in your organizations so that someone reading your personal statement will finish it and think to themselves, “Wow. I need to meet this person!”
How did you stay motivated in law school?
I kept my eyes on the finish line. It was always my goal to become an attorney. I may have been stressed and overwhelmed at times but I had to remind myself that I was doing this because I was meant to. It was my purpose to become an attorney and it was up to me to fulfill that. Never forget that you are your only limit. You may stumble along the way, but it’s up to you to pick yourself up and keep moving to the finish line.
What is a common misconception about lawyers that you would like to refute?
A lot of people seem to think that lawyers (especially those that work in big law firms) are stuffy and cold people, but this isn’t true. There’s a large mix of personalities in every firm and law school. You have to find the right fit for you. Just because one firm or one law school doesn’t feel right to you doesn’t mean you’re not meant to be a lawyer. There are so many different types of law that you can really shop around to find which area suits you best.
Did you know what type of lawyer you wanted to be before law school? How can someone explore their possibilities?
I thought that I wanted to be a family law attorney but completely changed my mind as I entered law school. You can explore the possibilities by taking coursework in different areas as well as working in diverse environments. You can do internships that will expose you to more than one area of law. For example, I was once a summer clerk in a county attorney’s office that had attorneys working in almost every area of law you can imagine. I used that experience to take on assignments from as many areas as I could so that I could see what I liked and didn’t like.
If you couldn’t be a lawyer what would you be?
I think that I would have tried out marketing or teaching. I’m no sure though. I never really had a plan B, which is why I definitely had to make law school work out for me.
Well there you have it. Isn’t she wonderful? If you have any more questions for her, let me know in the comments.