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Stan State's Future Warrior Lawyers
Five graduating Warriors are heading off this fall to study the law. Students who share their interest in the law and would like to learn more about attending law school should visit the Stan State Pre-Law Resource Center’s website.

The Pre-Law Resource Center and pre-law advisors, Professors Steve Routh (Political Science) and Blake Wilson (Criminal Justice), are pleased to announce that the following Warriors are headed to law school this fall.  

Criminal justice major Ana Villegas will attend University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento. Ana has received a full-ride scholarship based on her high GPA, high LSAT score and significant student activities, including an internship with California Rural Legal Assistance, a spot as a finalist on the Stan State Intermural Moot Court Tournament Team and a position as Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie S. Silveira’s mentee through the Criminal Justice Department’s Court Observer Program. She recommends anyone considering law school participate in the Pre-Law Society. After law school, she plans to be a prosecutor. 

Political science major Krishma Malhotra also will be attending McGeorge this fall. After volunteering at the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s office, Krishma’s interests lie primarily in criminal law, with additional interests in juvenile and immigration law. “McGeorge always has been the goal, since before college, and now it is a reality,” she said. She plans on participating in the school’s Trial Advocacy Association. 

English major Ethan Dawson will attend Indiana University in Bloomington with the assistance of a substantial financial award. He will also pursue IU’s Bradley Fellowship in criminal law, which includes research assistant opportunities, externship opportunities in state or federal prosecutor offices and a criminal law focused cohort. Ethan chose IU because, he said, “the academics and overall environment seemed right for me” due to the “emphasis placed by the university on experiential learning via their clinics.” The faculty and dean were accessible, Ethan notes, and were happy to talk via Zoom about their school’s opportunities. He credits his English major and the skills it provided him for his high LSAT score. Urged by Dr. Wilson, Ethan attended the LSAC Forum in San Francisco earlier this year and was fortunate to meet and chat with the Assistant Dean of Indiana University. This in-person meeting was very beneficial: the Assistant Dean ended up negotiating Ethan’s scholarship after he was accepted. After graduation, Ethan wants to be a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Political science major Elton Rushing is excited to be attending the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. A registered nurse with a history of clinical healthcare experience, Elton chose Hastings because of his interest in its Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy, which operates in conjunction with the UC San Francisco Medical Center. 

Criminal justice major Megan Schoonmaker wants to practice criminal law. She was admitted to several schools and chose the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, because of its high bar pass and employment rates, clinical placements and smaller class sizes. Megan improved her applications by taking advantage of Stan State’s pre-law advising and the Pre-Law Resource Center’s mini-library, which includes books (available for check-out) covering various aspects of the application process (personal statements, LSAT prep and school choices), as well as several copies of Scott Turow’s classic must-read for all future law students, “One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School.”

Congratulations to these future lawyers!

Students who share their interest in the law and would like to learn more about attending law school should visit the Stan State Pre-Law Resource Center’s website.