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Student Comments – Parole Assistance and Re-entry

Victoria HeyerThe clinic has provided me the affirmation that law school is exactly where I need to be. Though I am not particularly interested in practicing criminal law, the work without a doubt throws you into the deep end and kind of makes you fend for yourself. That is not to say we don’t have amazing instructors, who are there every step of the way. But the clinic provides challenges that the student must work through prior to reaching out to those in charge. It has shown me that I do possess the ability to think quick on my feet. It has allowed me to practice my active listening, tailor my writing skills, and counsel clients, which is something that I never thought I’d be able to do for someone else while in law school. The clinic has truly given law school its purpose in my life. I struggled early on with the thought that maybe I jumped the gun in choosing law school, but the clinic has shown me that being an advocate is exactly what I always imagined it might be. We all are accustomed to sitting in class and hearing a lecture, but the clinic is a different feel. It gives you the opportunity to meet other law students, develop relationships with successful advisors, and help clients who may otherwise not be able to help themselves. I think that one of the best takeaways from the clinic will be how grateful your clients are for you helping them at all. It is not your responsibility to give them guarantees, but it is your responsibility to do the best work that you can for their case. And if you are anything like me, once you meet them you will go above and beyond your best if you can. The clinic is a hustle, but if your clients are granted release, it is a hell of a reward. – Briana Reid, Fall 2018

Devin JonesThe Parole & Reentry Clinic is an eye-opener. It allows you to see the full picture of the justice system. Not only does it give you the practical experience you need as a lawyer, but it introduces you to the intangibles of the practice. Passion, heartbreak, joy, and an array of other feelings are what come along with advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves. If you want to truly grow beyond class and tests, I would advise you to join the Parole & Reentry Clinic. – Devin Jones, Fall 2018

Jessica Thomas“Participating in the Parole & Re-Entry Clinic has had an incredible effect on my legal education. Having my own clients and writing and arguing persuasively on their behalf is something that most law students never get to do. I am confident that having this experience as a student will only make me a better attorney.” – Jessica Thomas, Spring 2017

Jordyn Goody“In my experience thus far, LSU Law has provided me with an education that has surpassed its value, in terms of both its cost and my expectations. Having taken advantage of a multitude of clinical experiences, I feel confident to go out and practice whichever field I choose!” – Jordyn Goody, Spring 2017

Alyson Lang“There is no comparison to the clinical experience offered at LSU Law Center. My semester in the Parole and Reentry Clinic exposed me to a range of skill sets that practicing lawyers encounter every day. The hands on learning environment truly helped prepare me for practice outside of law school.” – Alyson Lang, Spring 2017

Aimee Simon“Being a clinic participant was one of the most rewarding experiences of my law school career. I was able to interview real clients, analyze their legal problem, and find a favorable outcome. Now when I enter the job market, I feel like I will be able to confidently talk to clients and help them with their case.

Being on an external team for moot court has prepared me for real world experiences. Even if I do not have an appellate career, being on a moot court team has prepared me to answer clients’ questions with ease.” – Aimee Simon, Spring 2017

Torrie Lawson“As a student in the Parole & Reentry Clinic, Torrie Lawson, with her supervisor Jane Hogan, assisted Wesley Andrews who was granted parole October 13, 2016, after serving 22 years in prison. Torrie said, “I truly enjoyed helping Wesley prepare for his hearing. Nothing could have prepared me for how much joy I would feel after hearing each parole board member vote yes to grant Wesley parole. Wesley has worked hard to earn his second chance, and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to assist him in this endeavor. This experience has definitely been the highlight of my law school career thus far.” – Torrie Lawson, Fall 2016

“The Parole Clinic puts a personal face on the nation’s mass-incarceration problem, and it gives students a chance to gain practical experience in this are of law.” – Luke Self, Fall 2015

“The Parole and Reentry Clinic offered an opportunity to gain real life experience through representing clients. I also fell like I was giving back to the community through my work with the Clinic,” – Brittani Anderson, Fall 2014

“The Parole & Reentry Clinic offered the experience not available in the classroom. Knowing that your client’s future is in your hands and whether they go back behind bars or home with their family is a type of motivation not present in any law course I’ve taken.” – Jessica Carter, Spring 2015

“Participating in the Parole Clinic was the apex of my law school career. After spending 2 ½ years learning legal theory and analysis, I finally got the opportunity to practice real-life advocacy.” – James Farris, Spring 2014

“No experience in law school comes close. Being able to make a difference and see results first hand is the best experience of my three years here. It’s a lot of work but winning that first hearing make it all worthwhile.” – Jeffery L. Harper, Spring 2014

“The Parole Clinic has been my favorite experience in law school. Instead of worrying about my grade, and what other people were doing, I got to work to truly make a difference in someone’s life. I recommend the Parole Clinic to anyone, even someone not interested in criminal law.” – Kimberly Sheppard, Spring 2014

“Participating in the Parole Clinic is the best experience of my law school career. It gave me skills that will be directly transferable to my practice of law and the confidence that I can be an effective advocate for my client.” – Clare Svendson, Spring 2014