Emily Curran

Emily Curran

What year did you graduate from the University of Minnesota, and what was your major and minor?

BM in Music Education, BA in French Studies '16

What law school do you attend?

University of Minnesota Law School

What year are you?


Did you take time off between undergrad and law school?


If you took time off between undergrad and law school, what did you do during that time?

I first worked as an elementary music teacher then worked for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Share one thing you wish you'd known about law school as an undergrad.

I wish I knew that grades, while important, are not the be-all-end-all for legal internships and jobs. I also wish I knew that more fellow students than I realized felt similarly stressed and the infamous "imposter syndrome!" It was easy to feel like an anomaly but I discovered gradually that many other students felt just like I did. There is simply a huge learning curve in law school, especially if you do not have lawyers in your family.

How did you choose your law school?

I wanted to stay in the Twin Cities and I knew that the University of Minnesota Law School was a top-tier school, so I put my energy towards studying for the LSAT and immediately applied to the U of M once I received my results. The clincher was the feeling I got from admissions, current students, faculty... everyone was warm and friendly, passionate about the law, and excited to represent the school.

What advice do you have for students/recent alums as they begin the application process?

Don't be afraid to reach out to current law students or alumni from the schools that you are interested in. I learned a lot by speaking to a current UMN law student while I was going through the application process. As a current student now myself, I personally love talking to prospective students and 1Ls about my experiences and helping them however I can.

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