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Courtney

Degree/Program: 
Legal Studies / Spanish
Class Year: 
2010

After completing a year on the Mock Trial team in high school, Courtney was in love. When she started her college search, she decided she wanted to find a college in New England with a Mock Trial team. Then she found RWU. “I fell in love with the campus. There was a legal studies program, a Mock Trial team AND an equestrian team, not to mention a law school right on campus.”

Courtney also worked with Assistant Professor of Legal Studies Tricia Martland and 12 other students in a legal clinic in Newport, R.I. “We trained in the classroom for a month-and-a-half before we went to the courthouse. We learned why some people are more likely to abuse their families or to drink, and how the cycle of violence works. We gave counsel to clients, spoke in front of judges and learned how to file an affidavit and restraining orders. Not many undergraduates have this opportunity—it’s unbelievable to have this experience. It’s mostly a privilege for law students.”

Courtney also found time to study abroad for a mini-mester in Guatemala and take on a semester-long internship in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown Law, which is impressive given her long list of campus activities: Mock Trial, equestrian team, Spanish Honor Society Alpha Chi, Pre Law Honor Society Phi Alpha Delta, International Honor Society and the German Honor Society.

After graduation Courtney began her new academic career -- attending law school at Widener in Wilmington, Del. “Leaving RWU is so bittersweet. I don’t want to leave, but I guess it’s time. I definitely had the upper hand over less experienced students in D.C. during my internship. I already knew how to perform research and how to conduct myself in a courtroom. RWU prepared me for this”