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Sangeeta Shastry

Sangeeta Shastry

2L  |  St. Louis, MO  |  University of Missouri-Columbia  |  shastry@ku.edu

Hi! I’m Sangeeta Shastry, and I’m a second-year law student from St. Louis, Missouri. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia for my undergraduate degree in journalism and political science, and I finished my coursework for my graduate degree in journalism, law, and conflict resolution there as well. I’m currently working to complete and defend my thesis.

A journalism professor I had during my first year at the University of Missouri introduced me to the Midwest Innocence Project, where I interned during the summer after my freshman year of college. While working on cases for the Project, I got to see firsthand the overlap of skills between journalism and legal research and writing. Though my degree in journalism took me everywhere from Brussels, Belgium, as a reporter for Reuters to the Kansas City Star, I had the opportunity to report quite a bit on the courts, and I came back to graduate school hoping to find a connection between my work as a reporter and my interest in the law.

I chose the University of Kansas because of the wealth of opportunities it offered me and my husband, who taught here for two years before deciding to pursue a doctoral program in architecture at KU. Even as early as my first semester, I had the chance to explore research opportunities and develop connections with visiting scholars.

The ability students have to get involved and be active members of the KU Law community as soon as they arrive on campus makes me excited to be here every day and to continue to learn here. What’s more, I’ve found true support among my classmates, both in my small section of about 20 students and in our class as a whole, as well as from my professors.

I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to enroll at KU Law, and I hope that you consider us as one of your choices! I would love to answer any questions you might have about the school, and I definitely encourage you to come visit Green Hall and experience the law school firsthand.

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