"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 an 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." -- Erica Sherrard, 1L at Brandeis Law and U.S. Coast Guard veteran
According to Military To Business Consulting Service, military experience is valued by law schools, as the qualities of leadership, service and discipline are consistent with legal practice.
Other points of compatibility include:
- Both are highly competitive, adversarial fields;
- Veterans and lawyers are both trained to think on their feet and to confront opposition and conflict;
- Military experience requires discretion, and lawyers are trusted counselors;
- Both are required to decide on a course of action and tackle a complex problem;
- JDs translate well in other fields, such as business, public policy, consulting and venture capital.
“The student-run Veterans Advocacy Organization is very engaged in networking with the community of veterans. I actually got my job through that organization. Louisville is a very veteran-friendly city. There are a lot of people that really care.” -- Carlos Hernandez Ocampo, 2L at Brandeis Law and U.S. Navy veteran
There are Veterans Affairs professionals on the main campus, providing assistance for benefits, counseling, primary care, emergency care, jobs and benefits, case management, substance abuse treatment, compensation and pension, mental health, pharmacy and more.
The Brandeis School of Law has a student-run Veterans Advocacy Organization. Its main objectives are to increase education and charity in the community relating to veteran and active duty military legal issues, provide veterans with assistance to facilitate reintegration and to improve veterans’ access to support programs. It also seeks to increase pro bono projects and clinical activities directed toward veterans and active duty military members, provide support for veterans attending law school and offer networking opportunities with veterans employed in the Louisville legal market.
The law school provides the opportunity to work closely with the largest bench and bar in the state. Many Louisville attorneys are military veterans who provide mentoring and employment for Brandeis students. Additionally, our students have unique hands-on opportunities to work with veterans and active military members and their families through the Legal Aid Society’s Veterans Clinic and an externship at Fort Knox.
The University of Louisville has been recognized for its commitment to veterans:
- Military Friendly School, G.I. Jobs magazine
- Top school for military and veteran students and their families, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s 2016 Guide to Colleges & Universities
- Best for Vets, Military Times
- Military Friendly School, Victory Media Inc.