Devon Guyer ‘20

Environmental Conservation, Sustainability and Justice Studies Majors | 3L Law Student

Hometown: Mount Laurel, NJ
Undergraduate Major(s)/Minor(s): Environmental Conservation and Sustainability and Justice Studies, Sociology and Sustainable Energy Minors
Graduating Class Year: 2020
Student Organizations: Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Honor Society, Student Senate, Student Activity Fee Committee, Mock Trial
Did you go to Law School directly after graduating college? Yes
What area of Law are you interested in? Environmental Litigation

I am currently a third-year law student at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, studying public interest environmental law and litigation. My overall advice for all things law school is to have an accountability partner and a plan, especially if you are planning on going straight into law school directly after graduating from UNH. It can be challenging to balance studying for your classes, managing all the components of your application and staying on top of your LSAT studying. Having a friend, even if they are not applying to law school, that you meet with on a regular basis to track your progress and encourage you to stay on top of your deadlines is a great way to make sure your applications and LSAT preparations do not fall to the wayside. In addition to having an accountability partner, it is important to have a plan. Make a list of the schools you want to apply to, create an excel spreadsheet of the materials that you must submit for each school, and know the deadline for applying. This will allow you to distribute your applications evenly over the course of your senior year. Khan Academy is a great and free tool for creating a plan for studying for the LSAT and will create an interactive calendar of what materials you should complete to reach your target goal by your test date. If you don’t want to go to law school directly out of undergrad, don’t feel alone, as most students take at least one year off after graduating to study for the LSAT and complete their applications. If you do want to go directly out of undergrad, you can do it if you are strategic in getting everything done. The best advice I can give is to be confident that it is the right time for you to go to law school. It really, unfortunately, is as hard as people say it is. But unlike what a lot of people say, there is no right time for everyone. There is only a right time for you. A lot of schools provide the opportunity for prospective or accepted students to speak with current students to get an idea of what those students think is the most important things to consider before committing to their schools. This is a great tool to use to help figure out what you should focus on before going to law school.