The Honorable Romonda Belcher
Class of 1995
District Associate Judge
State of Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
Undergraduate Institution: Howard University
How did Drake Law prepare you for your career?
Drake allowed me the opportunity to benefit from the practical experience, a chance to get into the courtroom even as a student. In addition to a great education, I credit Drake for various internship opportunities that I had with a major law firm, the legal clinic and county attorney. I was comfortable in the courtroom and I don’t know very many law schools that provide that type of exposure to actual practice. What information would you like to share with a prospective Drake Law student?
My advice for students is to not allow themselves to be redefined by others, to know themselves, understand their weaknesses and to not be defined by any experience that takes place in law school. I encourage students to also take advantage of the practical opportunities that are available, even if they are unsure which area they would like to practice. Furthermore, build relationships with professors and do not be afraid to ask for help.