There were many reasons why Eldon Hong chose to come to Baltimore to pursue his law degree, some more practical than the others. A major consideration was the location. He knew that come graduation, employment would be priority one. Baltimore offered access to several other major cities, including D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.
Another more personal reason also had to do with location: Hong is a huge Ravens fan. Growing up in Canada, he was more interested in hockey than football until 2000, when the Ravens won their first Super Bowl, and he’s been a fan ever since.
“When I tried to describe Baltimore to my sister before this year’s Super Bowl, I told her it was like Christmas,” said Hong. “But instead of wearing red and green, people were wearing purple. And instead of saying ‘Happy Holidays’ people were saying ‘Go Ravens!’.”
Hong, a Toronto native, completed his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Western Ontario and then worked at Sinclair Cockburn Mortgage Investment Corporation in Toronto for five years. While he enjoyed his job, he discovered the area of law because of the close working relationship his company enjoyed with a local law firm. He knew his next step was law school.
Hong transferred to UM Carey Law after his first year of law school. He was attracted by the diversity of business law classes and wanted to challenge himself at a top-tier university; he has been most impressed by the sense of community he has found.
“I had some medical issues that forced me to take some time off,” explained Hong. “But the school showed me a level of understanding and flexibility that far exceeded my expectations. They have really supported me in my journey and for that, I am grateful.”
While here, Hong has also been a member of the Christian Legal Society and recently competed in the regional fourth annual Transactional LawMeet, where his team took first in drafting and third place in negotiating.
Now in his final year, Hong can see himself working happily in Baltimore as a law clerk or for a private firm specializing in business law.