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Crystal Cook

Crystal Cook

3L  |  Hays, KS  |  Fort Hays State University  |  crystalrcook@ku.edu

Hi! My name is Crystal Cook, and I am a third-year law student from Hays, Kan. I attended Fort Hays State University for my undergraduate, where I double majored in political science and history. I was vice president of our Pre-Law Society and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary. I also took advantage of the National Student Exchange Program and studied for a year at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which was a wonderful experience.

My senior year at FHSU, I was chosen to be an intern at the White House in the Office of the Vice President. Upon graduating in 2007, I accepted a full-time position in Mrs. Cheney’s office at the White House. I worked there as the executive assistant until the end of the Bush administration. These years were filled with amazing opportunities that I will always treasure. At the end of the administration, I was confronted with the decision of what I wanted to do with my career. Throughout undergrad, I planned to go to law school and I was interested in exploring that option further. I accepted a legislative assistant position at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Washington, D.C., where I worked for two former members of Congress. I learned a lot about law, policy and legislation and confirmed that law school would be my next step.

When deciding where I wanted to go to law school, I looked at schools all over the country. I visited many schools, and KU stood out to me because of the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. KU Law exceeded my expectations and as I begin my second year, I’m positive that this is where I am supposed to be!

As a 2L, stayed busy in the Public Policy Clinic, on the board for the Public Interest Law Society and as a LexisNexis Student Representative. Last year I was also a Staff Editor for the KU Journal on Law & Public Policy and wrote an article on a piece of education policy.

I hope that you will get to know all about what the KU School of Law has to offer and come visit Green Hall. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Best of luck!