Maximizing your potential as a lawyer

Author: Lauren Love

By Brendan Barber, 1L

Law school is about more than score and rankings. It is a community of individuals that will define you for life. When considering various law schools, I encourage you to examine the numbers, such as employment rates, tuition costs, and alumni geographic distributions. However, your ultimate decision should be based on fit.

You should feel confident that your chosen law school community will enable you to maximize your potential as a lawyer. Admitted Student Weekend is a great indicator of whether Notre Dame Law School is the right fit for you. I had a good feeling about the quality of people at Notre Dame. Everyone I interacted with – from the students, faculty and admissions staff to NDLS alumni – had a genuine interest in my career aspirations. I personally would like to practice law in Washington, DC or Chicago. Following Admitted Student Weekend, the people I met at NDLS put me in contact with alumni in both cities. Every alum I spoke with was adamant that Notre Dame Law School would open doors that other schools could not. Given the famously strong ND alumni network, I walked away from Admitted Student Weekend comfortable with the people and confident that NDLS fit my future goals.

Admitted Student Weekend condenses the many offerings of NDLS into a few days. Prospective students sit in on a class, ask questions to current law students, tour the historic campus of Notre Dame, and interact with the world-class NDLS faculty. The schedule will allow you to see what life as a NDLS student is really like. Don’t hesitate to ask questions throughout your visit. Interacting with NDLS students, faculty, and administrators at Admitted Students Weekend will ensure that you make an informed decision.

Notre Dame Law School will push you to become a leader. You will develop a multifaceted skillset that will separate you from other law school graduates. In one semester at NDLS, I have attended conversations with two U.S. Supreme Court Justices, learned from renowned legal scholars, participated in a public interest law program in Chicago, grown in my faith, and established a group of life-long friends. To me, a different kind of lawyer is well-rounded and selfless. Students at NDLS embody both attributes. Come see for yourself.

Originally from Erie, Pa, 1L student Brendan Barber received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 2012. Barber is involved in the Galilee program, a member of the Federalist Society and the Student Bar Association, and volunteers as class host.