Student Ambassadors

Michelle Kraak

Michele Kraak

3L  |  Oklahoma City, OK  |  Oklahoma State University  |

Hi! My name is Michele Kraak, and I’m a third-year summer starter at KU Law. I’m an Army brat, so I’ve moved all over. I went to Oklahoma State University for undergrad and received a bachelor's in broadcast journalism in May 2008.

After graduation, I was a news producer at the NBC affiliate in Oklahoma City. I loved the fast-paced environment of TV news, but I had always wanted to go to law school. After being out in the real world for three years, I decided I was ready to take on this new challenge.

I chose KU Law because it has a lot of the same qualities I fell in love with at Oklahoma State. Everyone here is so friendly, Lawrence is a great college town, and KU is well-known across the nation. I was intimidated at first, especially because I didn’t go here for undergrad, but I immediately felt like I belonged. I thought the summer start program was a great way to transition from work back to school, and it also gave me the opportunity to meet some of KU Law’s amazing faculty and get a taste of what law school is really like.

My experience at KU Law has been better than I ever expected, and I can't believe it's almost over! All of the professors go out of their way to help in any way they can, and even though law school is competitive, I have developed such a close bond with so many students. We all want to see each other succeed. There are so many organizations and events, so it’s easy to meet people and take a break from studying once in a while. KU Law has also opened so many doors for me. Last year, I had the opportunity to intern for the Hon. Carlos Murguia and study abroad in Ireland, and this year I am an intern for the Johnson County District Attorney's Office.

I know choosing a law school is hard, so I hope you’ll come by for a visit and sit in on one of the classes so you can see what it is like to be part of the KU Law community.

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