Hello! My name is Tara Allstun, and I am a student at Drake Law School. I was born in St. Louis, MO, did my undergrad at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and ended up here in Des Moines, IA for law school. Talk about a wild transition!
I decided to come to Drake after looking into their well-known Intellectual Property program
and visiting the campus. I toured over the summer, so the building was pretty barren, but my tour guide was amazing and painted a real picture of what life here at Drake was all about. I was particularly struck by how welcoming the students I did come across were, and how open my tour guide was with his experiences while at Drake.
After I made the decision to attend, I was blown away with how close-knit
the Drake Law School community really is. Both the tour guide and the admissions representative I spoke with even remembered me after I decided to come to Drake, and stopped me in the Hallway my first day to say hello! This just goes to show how out of the way the students and faculty go to make you feel welcome from the very beginning. It really is a community atmosphere from the first day.
The summer after my 1L year, I worked as a clerk for a law firm in St. Louis
where I had worked as an administrative assistant for a number of years. I found that Drake did a great job preparing me for this new role, especially when it came to writing and professionalism
. My second summer, I split my time between the same firm and a second internship I obtained with the help of Drake Law’s career services office. It’s been amazing how supportive the entire faculty has been as I’ve been searching for a post-graduation job, giving references, suggesting contacts and giving advice on resume and interview techniques. It’s never ending!
Deciding on the right law school for you is an important choice, and you want to make sure to go somewhere you feel welcome and comfortable. The challenges ahead are just that – challenges. But, surrounding yourself with a supportive student body and faculty who genuinely want you to succeed can make it manageable, even enjoyable
. It was these things that attracted me most to Drake, and continue to validate my decision.
My decision to attend Drake was one of the best I’ve made, and I know you’ll be impressed with our campus and atmosphere, too. Schedule a visit and come check us out!