Hello Huskies, Mike here!
When I was a young Husky in my first semester, I thought that I might one day want to pursue a law degree and was going to work hard in my four years at UConn to be able to do just that. The road to law school is by no means a strict path forward that one must follow. All sorts of students apply to law school from all different majors, backgrounds, and interests which makes that path to school a unique one for all. Fortunately, UConn provides its pre-law students with an extremely knowledgeable and reliable resource that I, personally, have had a great experience with.UConn’s Pre-Law Advisor is Rebecca Flanagan. After finding out how helpful Ms. Flanagan was for me, I sat down with her to interview her so more students could become aware of such a valued resource.
Ms. Flanagan has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education from the University of Connecticut as well as a law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Flanagan’s “fell in love with elementary education” shortly after she began teaching. Sadly, when President George W. Bush came to office, federal funds went away and so too did her job. This may have been a blessing in disguise though as she then decided a Juris Doctorate would be good for her and began attending UNC Law.
While at North Carolina Law, Ms. Flanagan returned to her roots and consistently found herself helping and teaching other students with their classes that she had excelled in. Naturally then, she began looking towards becoming a law professor upon graduating. Instead, she found herself back in touch with the UConn community in finding out a law advising position would be offered to her which she readily accepted.
When I asked her what the most satisfying part of her job is she responded, “Being able to give back to students because when I was here there wasn’t anybody in my position solely focused on pre-law issues.”
If students are interested, they should meet with her beginning their junior year and more often in their senior year. In order to meet with Ms. Flanagan, students should attend the workshops that she hosts or check out her open office hours located on the pre-law website.
UConn has a great number of resources for students to utilize in their time here and there is no question in my mind that the guidance and knowledge that Ms. Flanagan offers has been my most helpful and rewarding.