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Cody Wood

Cody Wood

2L  |  Leawood, KS  |  University of Kansas  |

Hello! My name is Cody Wood, and I am a 3L from Leawood, Kansas. I attended KU as an undergraduate student, majoring in philosophy and economics. My aim from the get-go was to attend law school, so I worked hard to cultivate a sound “left-brain, right-brain” dyad to whip myself into the ultimate critical thinking/analytical reasoning machine.

But you could say this strategy backfired, as I found myself at the end of my four years overthinking my way out of making a commitment to attend law school at all. So if you’re like me and sometimes think too much before you act, let me tell you that I can sympathize 100 percent.

My decision to go to KU Law came after a solid year of “me time,” filled with work, soul-searching, armchair philosophizing and … more soul-searching. Taking a year to reflect helped me realize two things: 1) My experiences in Lawrence as an undergrad fostered a deep-seeded love for people, and 2) I very much yearned to be back in the world of academia, where I could be challenged both intellectually and personally. When I had these two elements isolated, it looked like my initial decision as a freshman to choose law school was still the best fit for me after all (2009 Cody, despite the hubris, was apparently still pretty wise).

Admittedly, I looked far and wide to get out of Kansas and broaden my horizons elsewhere. But the more thought and time I gave it, the more I came to discover that attending KU Law really would be the equivalent of stepping into a completely different world – one in which I’d be surrounded by focused, passionate individuals from whom I could never learn enough over the course of three years. And so far, KU Law has proven me right. Not to exclude the incredible professors from whom I have the opportunity to learn, I work in constant admiration and respect of the students I learn alongside – coming from all walks of life, be they armed service members, active parents, accomplished student athletes, former financial brokers and other exceptionally awesome people who, like me, wanted to study law to be their best selves.

These people, combined with the education and opportunities KU Law offers, form the best footing for a legal career imaginable. My first year alone was filled with amazing experiences ranging from defending KU parking tickets in Traffic Court to working abroad under Mongolia’s Ministry of Justice. The path I am on now makes me enormously grateful I didn’t wait and ponder any longer before choosing KU Law. I look forward to helping you think through the process yourself. Rock Chalk!

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