Student Profile – Samantha Poon (JD ’18)

Photo of law student, Samantha Poon (JD '18), near a window inside the Worrell Professional Center

Samantha Poon (JD '18)

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Undergraduate education: I graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and have a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies.

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I chose Wake Forest because of the generally welcoming environment I felt at admissions day, the community-oriented atmosphere, the small class sizes and great faculty. I couldn’t have made a better choice.

Favorite experience so far at Wake Forest Law: The best experience in law school, thus far, has been participating in different pro bono projects. Pro bono is such a great way to give back to the community and interact with people from various walks of life. It also is an avenue to use legal knowledge outside the classroom and build proficiency in client communication.

Journey to Wake Forest Law: I grew up all over but spent my formative years in Shanghai, China. I have lived in four countries and traveled to more than 30 countries. My favorite countries I’ve visited are Greece and Vietnam.

How I spent my 1L Summer: I was an intern at the Department of Justice’s Chicago Immigration Court. My main role was to draft judicial opinions for various immigration judges in the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. I worked on criminal immigration issues, asylum cases, protection under the United Nations Convention against Torture and more. Additionally, I had opportunities to observe immigration court, visit the DHS office in Chicago, sit in on affirmative asylum interviews and visa applications interviews through United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) and visit the Customs and Border Control (CBP) at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This internship taught me that immigration law is incredibly complex, dynamic and truly fascinating.

Plans for after graduation: Pursue a career in immigration law. Specifically, I would like to clerk for an immigration court.

Wake Forest Law involvement: I am a member of the Pro Bono Project board, Immigration Law Society board and Moot Court board. I am also a Journal of Law & Policy staff member and I volunteer at the Hanes Hosiery, among other activities.

Life outside of  law school: I enjoy hiking, reading, spending time with people, traveling and trying new things!