Meet Natalie Walters (JD ’21)

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Natalie Walters (JD ’21) has been integrating hands-on experience with her education since the first semester of law school.

Where do you call home?

Waterloo, New York

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

Rochester Institute of Technology. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Psychology.

Where are you working your 1L summer?

I will be working as an Immigration Intern at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester this summer.

Are you working in a specific area of law?

I will be working in immigration law. This area of law is of interest to me because it is dynamic and highly debated. My prior experience in public interest law sparked this interest by exposing me to the substantial need for immigration legal services, the impact of immigration law on indigent populations, and the limitations placed on providers of immigration legal services receiving state and/or federal government funding.

What do you look forward to learning and experiencing in your summer position?

Over the summer, I look forward to gaining hands on experience working with clients, practicing attorneys, and other interns. Specifically, it will be interesting to learn about the various stages of different types of immigration cases and visit a detention center to experience the actuality of the immigration system in the U.S.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

I decided to attend Wake Forest Law after visiting the school on an admitted students day. All of the people that I met were genuine and professional, and I loved the campus.

Describe the Wake Forest community.

A tight-knit, academically driven student body that is competitive at times, but always willing to help a classmate.

What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)? What makes it so memorable?

After a snowstorm resulted in alterations to the finals schedule, the relief I felt after completing the first round of my law school finals was insurmountable.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I am involved in the Wake Forest Pro Bono Project’s Expungement Clinic, Lawyer on the Line, and Know Your Rights as well as Legal Hackers and Phi Alpha Delta. These organizations add to my overall law school experience because I get to connect with like-minded law students and community members. The pro bono opportunities have allowed me to apply the skills that I have gained in law school to real-life situations.

What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?

In my free time, I like visiting breweries, reading, and hiking.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

After law school, I want to work on the east coast doing transactional work.