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Henry Thomas

Henry Thomas

3L  |  Overland Park, KS  |  Marquette University  |  henry.thomas@ku.edu

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Henry Thomas, and I'm a 3L summer starter here at KU Law. Although I'm originally from Overland Park, Kan., I have spent the past four years in Milwaukee, Wis., attending Marquette University. I graduated from Marquette with a B.A. in political science and philosophy. Coming back home wasn’t my original plan, but I quickly knew KU Law was the right fit for me after visiting the law school and getting a feel for its sense of community.

As embarrassing as it is to admit, my journey to KU Law began with me applying to 13 different law schools. I didn’t really know what I was looking for in a law school, so I began attending law fairs and visiting different law schools. Upon my visit to KU Law, I immediately got a feel for its sense of community fostered by its small class sizes and the distinct personalities of the various law professors. It seemed like a place that was friendly yet competitive, personal yet professional, and fun yet academically challenging. The gorgeous campus, great athletic program and fun college town were all additional reasons that contributed to my decision to attend KU Law.

I decided to enter KU Law as a summer starter, which left me a mere 18 hours to transition from graduation to law school orientation. I attended graduation, packed up my bags and drove through the night to begin orientation the next day. Yet I haven’t looked back once on this decision. I had an amazing experience as a summer starter and thought the program was the best transition I could have received. During the summer, I had the chance to familiarize myself with the law school’s building, faculty, administrators and workload on a lot smaller scale. I saw the summer program as law school scaled down. I took half a semester’s credits, had four amazing professors and went through it with a small portion of my entire 1L class. With only 50 of us, it was a lot easier and less stressful to get familiar with the law school. By the end of the summer, the 50 of us were a tight-knit group. We had all gone through the same experiences of feeling overwhelmed, being called on in class and going through our first finals together. Throughout the summer, we had a lot of fun exploring Lawrence and getting together to play sand volleyball every Wednesday night. Our weekly sand volleyball tradition has continued into the fall.

Now that I have started my second year of law school, I have come to appreciate how active the student body is. At Marquette, I enjoyed being involved in various organizations on campus and did not expect to have those same opportunities in law school. I thought that the life of a law student was too busy for student organizations, but I have been proven wrong. Every day, various student organizations advertise their events, meetings and philanthropy in the informal commons. It was very easy to get involved in the many student organizations at KU Law, such as the Asian Law Student Association,and stay active in the variety of recreational activities, such as the co-ed softball league.

This has been my journey and experience at KU Law thus far, but your path to KU Law may be completely different. My best piece of advice for you is to visit the law school, take a tour, and sit in on a class. That was what really helped me find the best law school for me.

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