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Law Student Limelight: Jana Kovich, Duke School of Law

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While learning to analyze issues like a lawyer lured 3L Jana Kovich to law school, leading the Student Bar Association – the student government – at Duke University School of Law anchored her to the school’s community, starting in her first year. “As any law student will tell you, 1L is hard,” Kovich said. “Participating in the student bar association allowed me to meet upper-level students and contribute to the law school outside the classroom.”

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From Mock Trial to Real World Court, GGU Center Preps Litigators

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Teaching future lawyers a strategy that they can adapt to a variety of cases is Wes Porter’s mission as director of the Golden Gate University School of Law’s litigation center. Although the San Francisco law school has emphasized litigation for decades, the center that began when Porter started six years ago brings under one umbrella a coordinated panorama of doctrinal courses, extracurricular programs and real-world training to prepare future trial lawyers for the courtroom.

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Law Student Limelight: Amanda Michelle Sanchez, Pepperdine Law

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Watching her parents navigate the maze of special-education and disability services to help her autistic brother inspired Pepperdine Law 3L Amanda Michelle Sanchez to become an attorney: She wanted to give a voice in the courtroom to people who didn’t have one. Sanchez now plans to become a prosecutor, a job that will let her try cases — which she loves — while helping victims of crime find justice.

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Law Student Limelight: Scott Sasser, Pepperdine University Law

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Scott Sasser’s service in the U.S. Marine Corps became the key to finding a school that would prepare him for a career as a California attorney. Now a 3L, Sasser chose Pepperdine University School of Law because of the sense of community he found there, its nationally renowned dispute-resolution center and the full scholarship offered to veterans through government-assisted Yellow Ribbon financing.

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Law Student Limelight: Fernanda Beraldi, Indiana's McKinney Law

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As Fernanda Beraldi tells the story, it was her career as in-house counsel at aircraft-maker Embraer SA that led her to Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she’s earning an LL.M. degree. Beraldi, who knew she wanted a master’s degree in U.S. law, had narrowed her search to Chicago and Michigan but was so impressed with the skills of MckInney Law alumni when she was negotiating a plane sale in Indianapolis that she decided to check out their school.

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