Kevin Rice (JD ’18) is always on offense, in the classroom and on the field

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Kevin Rice (JD ‘18) juggles a busy and competitive life, both as a Wake Forest School of Law student and a captain and the lead scorer for a professional lacrosse team, the Atlanta Blaze. This future attorney faces challenges both on and off the field, yet manages to maintain a successful academic and athletic balance with the offensive drive required for both of his passions.Rice learned the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance early on as a three-sport high school athlete in upstate New York and then a Division I lacrosse player at the Syracuse University. Maintaining his double life has been relatively simple, Rice says, since staying busy is all he has ever known. He adds many of the skills that are essential to being a great lacrosse player translate to being a successful law student. He admits that achieving a successful balance between law school and lacrosse has been more difficult than keeping up with classes and a busy athletic schedule during his undergraduate career. That said, Rice explains that both fields take practice, a competitive edge, discipline, and commitment.

Whether Rice is taking law classes in Winston-Salem, playing lacrosse in Atlanta, or working at a law firm in New York, his commitment to staying in shape never changes. When interviewed by SBNation about staying fit for the season, Rice explained that, “It’s easier to maintain it, than it is to lose it and try to get it back. I wake up at 6 a.m. to work out. I try to go to bed early and just keep a routine. Otherwise, you’ll lose your shape fast and injuries occur if you don’t keep it up.”

When comparing law school to lacrosse, Rice explains that the two competitive environments aren’t as different as they may initially appear.

“In law school, students are graded on a curve, meaning someone wins and someone loses when it comes to the grading scale, similar to a sports game,” he says.

And similar to grades, Rice has learned through playing lacrosse that one loss will not make or break your career. Being a great law student or lacrosse player does not simply come with successes, but rather the lessons learned and improved upon by failures, he explained.

When the time comes to choose between his professional athletic and law careers, Rice says that he ultimately would choose to practice law in a courtroom rather than practice lacrosse on the field.

For now, Rice hopes to maintain his work-life balance this summer by commuting to Atlanta from Syracuse as he studies for the New York bar exam from the comfort of his home. After he passes the bar, he plans to practice law at Kirkland and Ellis LLP in New York City, starting in September. Rice also intends to play lacrosse at the professional level for as long as he can, he says.