National Jurist names Sarah Saint (JD ’17) ‘Law Student of the Year’

Photo of Sarah Saint (JD '17), who was named 'Law School Student of the Year' by National Jurist

Sarah Saint (JD '17), who was named 'Law School Student of the Year' by National Jurist

The National Jurist has named Huntsville, Alabama-native Sarah Saint (JD ’17) “Law Student of the Year” in the following story, “Law Students of the Year: Sarah Saint, Wake Forest University,” written by Mike Stetz and published on March 8, 2017.

Wake Forest University School of Law describes Sarah Saint as an exemplary model of pro humanitate scholarship and engagement. As a frequent contributor and leader of many of Wake Forest Law’s student-run organizations, Saint has impacted the law school and the community with her diligent and passionate pro bono endeavors.

She’s executive director of Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project, and tries to increase the quantity of offerings to current and future students. For example, a student-run environmental law program that provides pro bono service to a local riverkeeper organization was created because of student requests.

Saint’s journey with the Pro Bono Project began with her involvement in Teen Court, which assists juvenile first-time offenders with legal aid and mentorship. She gained a working knowledge about the professional and personal benefits of pro bono service and wanted to ensure that these benefits extended to fellow students. With much research, Saint led implementation efforts to make pro bono offerings a required experience for all Wake Forest first-year law students. The Pro Bono Project is set to once again beat its logged pro bono service hours for the 2016-2017 school year.

Education is at the core of Saint’s mission, the school notes. As a symposium editor for the Wake Forest Law Review, Saint has dedicated many hours to further cultivating the educational experience for other law students and the greater Winston-Salem community. Her leadership, which is often meticulous and people-focused, was instrumental in the law review’s most recent symposium, “Combating Human Trafficking: Current Trends and Cutting-Edge Issues.”

When Saint is not engaged in her own legal studies, her focus is on people. She busies herself by engaging with a multitude of organizations, offering service as a means to make an educational and humanitarian impact. Saint provides service to Wake Forest Law and the greater community as an honor council member, admissions ambassador, academic engagement facilitator, Deacons Lead contributor, and a trial bar member. 

Saint is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s 2017 “Law Student of the Year” feature. Find more honorees on this list.