Meet Maryclaire Farrington (JD ’23)

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Maryclaire Farrington’s (JD ’23) experience working with an attorney inspired her to pursue law school so she could provide future clients a voice and a change for the better.

Where do you call home?

Salisbury, North Carolina

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

What year will you graduate from Wake Forest Law?


Describe any experiences prior to law school that influenced your decision to go to law school. Why did it inspire you?

I had the privilege of working for an attorney in my hometown. I was inspired by her strength and commitment to justice, and her steadfast loyalty and ethics. I personally witnessed how, through giving her clients a voice and listening to their stories, she changed their lives forever.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

As a native of North Carolina, I love being close to home. Wake Forest is beautiful and the students and faculty are supportive and simultaneously challenging. I am honored to be among the ranks here at Wake Forest.

Describe the Wake Forest community. Provide specific examples if possible.

Wake Forest is a community of inspiring individuals. I am constantly challenged and supported by my classmates. I love the collaborative and positive nature of my classmates. My teaching assistants (TA) set aside hours of their time to work with me and answer questions I have while still managing their own work.

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

Experiencing law school during the COVID-19 pandemic and during an election year will be something I remember for the rest of my life. So much of the future is unknown, but we are learning how to navigate the most challenging times we will face. I am lucky to have the support of the faculty and fellow students during times of great uncertainty.

What are you involved in outside the classroom (i.e. student organizations, pro bono project, intramural sports, etc.?) How does this add value to your overall law school experience?

I am a student-elected Student Bar Association (SBA) representative, and I am on the trial bar team at Wake Forest. I love getting to know older students.