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Thursday, February 8, 2018

What Makes The 1st Year Of Law School Crazier? Playing Division l Basketball

Following up on my previous post, Missouri, Pepperdine 1Ls Play Division I Basketball:, What Makes the 1st Year of Law School Crazier? Playing Division l Basketball:

Three first-year law students from schools across the country [Missouri, Pepperdine, William & Mary] are playing big-time college basketball this year. Their schedules are not for the faint of heart. ...


What reaction did you get from classmates when they first heard you are also playing basketball? ...
[Kevin Hempy (Pepperdine)]:  I think some people didn’t really know it was allowed or possible. One of the best parts of the year for me has been getting to know the people in my classes. I’ve had buddies come down to the games and cheer us on. Overall, people have been supportive and encouraging.

Why did you decide to go to law school? ...
Hempy:  Pepperdine allows undergraduates to get a certificate in conflict management through the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, which is part of the law school. You take classes in negotiation, mediation, and some elective classes. That is really where my interest in law school came from. I took four classes at the law school as an undergrad. I really enjoyed that program. ...

What do you want to do after graduation? ...
Hempy:  I’m still trying to figure that out. We have a program at Pepperdine for 1Ls called professional formation. It’s to help you think though what you potentially want to do. They bring in different speakers. One speaker who came was a public defender. Hearing his story and what he does on a day-to-day basis was something I’m interested in.


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