Scholarship, faculty support create success
Drake Law launches student into dream career
When asked about her Drake Law experience, Madelyn Smith, LW'15, ticks off an impressive résumé: clerkships at the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in Minnesota, an internship with an Iowa Supreme Court justice, and Drake Law Review, among other accomplishments. These experiences, gained as a student at Drake Law, helped her secure a job as a criminal defense attorney in Minneapolis.
"I was so happy I was able to find a job right out of law school that I want to build my entire career on," she says.
Smith credits close mentorship from Drake faculty as one factor in her success. Faculty members helped her network in the Twin Cities, reviewed her résumé, and prepped her for her interview.
"It was shocking at Drake [to see] how involved the professors are and how much they care about your success," says Smith. "Breaking into a new market without the help of my professors would have been very difficult."
Scholarship support also made it possible to pursue her dreams. Smith was the recipient of the Elizabeth Hyde Brown Scholarship.
"The scholarship changed everything for me in terms of where I set my bar of possibility," says Smith. "I was able to choose internships and clerkships without focusing on what was going to benefit me financially. There is no way I could have taken two unpaid clerkships if I hadn't been financially stable, and those experiences are what helped me get a job in criminal defense, which I absolutely love."
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