Megan Freeman '20

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Who I was then:
I was born and raised in Maryland and graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in May of 2017 with a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Amazing law school class: 
My favorite class in law school was Alternative Dispute Resolution with Professor Dilloff. It was very interactive, a lot of fun, and I learned a lot in the process. ADR is something very important for future lawyers to understand, especially those who plan on litigating.

Outside class: 
At Maryland Carey Law, I participated in the Pretrial Release and Parole Advocacy Clinic for two semesters, assuming a supervisory role in my second semester. I also was an Admissions Ambassador and worked part-time at a law firm throughout 2L and 3L years.

Favorite outing/activity to unwind: 
In my free time I enjoyed escaping to the woods for hiking and backpacking trips, going to trivia at local bars, and exploring the Baltimore restaurant scene with my friends. My family also has season tickets for the Ravens, so I could be found at M&T Bank Stadium most fall/ winter weekends!

Noteworthy summer job: 
During the summer I worked as a law clerk for Parker, Pallett, Slezak, & Russell, LLC and I continued working at Merriweather Post Pavilion (a concert venue where I’ve worked since high school).

What’s next: 
I will continue working at Parker, Pallett, Slezak, and Russell, LLC in White Marsh as an associate.

Who I am now: 
Maryland Carey Law has definitely changed me for the better. My clinic experience was probably the most impactful experience and I will always cherish the lessons I learned through it. It opened up my eyes to new perspectives and reinforced my desire to help others. A law degree is such a powerful degree and I am so excited to get to work!

What you should know about Maryland Carey Law
When I would give tours, I’d often quote Harry Potter: “Help will always be given at [Maryland Carey Law]…, to those who ask for it.” Maryland Carey Law is an incredible network of people who are constantly ready and able to help you with whatever you need, be it personal or academic in nature. Graduating during a pandemic truly reinforced this notion for me and I will always be proud to be a part of this community.

How did Maryland Carey Law prepare you for your career?
Aside from teaching the law, Maryland Carey Law also equipped me with several tools to become a successful advocate. During my time at Maryland Carey Law, I had multiple opportunities to strengthen both my written and oral advocacy tools, through classes like Written and Oral Advocacy and Alternative Dispute Resolution and also through the Myerowitz Appellate Competition and my clinic. I also gained confidence in my ability to connect with and gain the trust of clients through my Clinic experience. 

How did Maryland's community and diversity of voices help you succeed?
Maryland's community and diversity of voices truly helped me to become more open-minded and a better listener. I always appreciated that there were so many different events and other opportunities to listen to a new perspective or to the story of someone so different from you. I think it contributed a lot to my growth as a person and as a legal advocate.

Describe the accessibility of faculty and the ability to build relationships:
I have always felt like the professors and faculty at Maryland Carey Law have made a tremendous effort to be accessible to their students, I've even had a professor Facetime me from an airport when she wasn't around for office hours! I've also found that almost all of my professors have learned and remembered my name by the end of the first month of classes, which really helped me to feel like they cared about me and my education.

How did MCL assist you in the job search and prepare you for a career?
I found my position at my current firm through the CDO website in the beginning of 2L year and I have been there ever since! The CDO was a great resource for questions and resume/ application material review!