Posted: December 9th, 2019
Emily Harrison’s (JD ’21) talks about her experiences at Wake Forest Law, including her efforts in establishing a student organization for first-generation professionals.
Where do you call home?
Durham, North Carolina is my home, but I’m originally from Newton Grove, North Carolina.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Describe any legal positions or clinical work you’ve done during law school.
This past summer, I worked on death penalty litigation in Winston-Salem. I found it astounding how much time and effort go into cases of that kind of magnitude.
Describe any work prior to law school that influenced your decision to go to law school.
I came from a working-class family, and I had to work jobs all throughout high school and college to support myself. These jobs and my background really motivated me to do well in school, and then to go to law school so that I could avoid a lot of the difficult circumstances I’ve faced in the past.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
I grew up in a really small town in eastern North Carolina. So to me, Wake Forest was a rare combination of feeling like home while attending a school that draws in the best students and professors from around the country.
What do you wish you’d known during your 1L year?
I wish I had realized that there are many people who want to help you succeed. Professors, students in their 2L and 3L years, and even alumni are usually more than willing to give advice and recommendations.
What are you involved in outside the classroom?
This year, I started the First Generation Professionals organization for students who are the first in their family to go to law school. By spearheading various programs through this club, I feel like I’ve helped equip disadvantaged students with important resources and knowledge about law school and the professional legal world that other students already have.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
I love going to Wake Forest sporting events (even basketball), going for runs around the area, and exploring restaurants and breweries downtown.
Where do you want your law degree to take you?
I know that my Wake Forest law degree will give me the ability to navigate professional spaces with confidence and competency.