Student Testimonials

Curious if Brandeis Law is the place for you? Check out what current students have to say. 

Sue Eng Ly, Class of 2019

Undergraduate: Boston College

Why did you choose Brandeis Law?
After spending three years of serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer, I did not think law school would fit into my passion for social justice. However, after touring Brandeis Law and talking with the admissions office, I realized that I was so wrong in that assumption. The visit left an impression on me because I saw how dedicated the school was in preparing students to be not only great lawyers but also compassionate citizens of society.

You're a fellow in the Brandeis Human Rights Advocacy Program. What has that program taught you so far?
I was drawn to the program’s focus on bridging the legal gaps in services for Louisville’s refugee and immigrant population. The mission of the program hits close to home for me because my mother was a refugee herself and she often told me stories of the stigma she experienced and the difficulty she had in navigating the American system. Through the program, I have gained so much more insight into the daily struggles of immigrants and refugees and that knowledge has been invaluable.

What do you like about Louisville as a city?
I love everything! However, if I have to choose, then I think I love the people and the parks the most. The people here are so genuinely kind and the park system is amazing! It is great to be in a city that encourages people to be outdoors and invests in preserving Mother Nature.

How does Brandeis support you in your studies and in encouraging you to pursue opportunities?
I walk into school every day with so much joy because of the supportive community that surrounds me. My professors are absolutely incredible. All of them are always willing to guide and help me in my studies and their words of wisdom have opened my eyes to other types of law that I might be interested in. I also have wonderful classmates whose support gets me through the challenges of school.

Erica Sherrard, Class of 2019

Undergraduate: University of Louisville

Why did you choose Brandeis Law?
I completed my undergraduate degree at UofL. While there, I heard a lot about the law school. The job rate on graduation was outstanding, and the bar passage rates were continually higher the state average. While those were convincing reasons, the main thing I loved about Brandeis was the feeling of community. Most schools promote a cutthroat attitude, and Brandeis offered a support system no other school was offering.

What were you doing before you entered law school?
I served for three years in the United States Coast Guard. Starting at Station St. Petersburg, we did search and rescue and law enforcement from the small boats. After an injury I transferred to Sector St. Petersburg, where I worked in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System office. I loved that position because of all the people I got to meet daily. I later retired due to that injury.

How do you connect your experiences in the military with being in law school?
Law school takes an enormous amount of discipline. You have to make sure you are on time to all meetings, deadlines and classes. Respect is also huge, not only for professors but toward classmates as well.

Both respect and punctuality are programmed into military members, so this will be a definite strength for anyone coming from the military to law school. I also believe that because we have already had such real-life experiences, we do not let school affect us or our stress level in the same way.

Did the military inspire your decision to attend law school?
The military definitely inspired me to go to law school. Before I joined, law school did not seem attainable. Through my experiences in the Coast Guard, I realized I was capable of so much more than I thought.

While I was in the process of retiring for my injury, the Coast Guard assigned me an attorney. Through watching her, I knew I would enjoy doing that job for the rest of my career.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for veterans considering law school?
Do it! With the resources the VA offers its service members coupled with the support system in the school and the vast network the school has, success is the only option.

Once you get here you will feel at home. The staff and students love their veterans. Everything you have learned through the military will give you the right mindset to succeed.

Learn more about veterans at Brandeis Law.

Joey Wilkerson, Class of 2018

Undergraduate: University of Louisville

Why did you choose Brandeis Law?
I knew the benefits of being at a large school as well as being at a smaller school. For me, Brandeis offered the best of both worlds.

At Brandeis, you get the small class sizes and individualized attention you find at a small private school, but then you can walk out the front door and take part in the many opportunities that a large campus has to offer.

You work at UofL's Cultural Center as senior program coordinator of the African American Male Initiative. How do you manage life as a nontraditional law student?
At our orientation, Assistant Dean of Student Services Jennifer DiSanza said the one thing you’ll need to make it through law school is grit. And she wasn’t lying.

Being a part-time law student, having a full-time job and a family is a difficult balance. Luckily, Brandeis is a school that understands the needs of all of its students, traditional or nontraditional. Dean DiSanza specifically has been my best ally in encouraging me to challenge myself while keeping in mind the heavy life I also balance.

Being a nontraditional law student takes work. But then again, so do most things worth doing. 

What do you like about Louisville as a city?
The great thing about Louisville is that there is no shortage of things to do. Whether it's cruising the shops on Bardstown Road, doing the gallery hop in NuLu, enjoying a beer in Germantown or watching the Cards play on a fall morning, there is always something to get into between classes. Louisville is many things, but boring isn’t one of them.