Meet Sophia Konanc (JD ’23)

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Sophia Konanc’s (JD ’23) internship in a federal judge’s office opened her eyes to the possibilities law school offers and helped fuel her drive for public service through law.

Where do you call home?

Raleigh, NC

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

Middlebury College

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 wanted to attend law school to help people solve their problems, devise creative solutions, and to be able to use my writing skills often. I also find the law a fascinating subject because it influences so many aspects of our daily lives.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

I wanted to be back in my home state and Wake Forest Law is an incredibly welcoming community.

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

One time I was visiting Wake Forest for undergrad and my tire pressure was low. I mentioned it to the staff member I was meeting, and he came outside and helped me fix it. Also, every single person that I have ever encountered who works at Wake Forest has been unfailingly friendly. You just don’t find that everywhere. I also have three amazing upper-level student mentors who have gone above and beyond to ease my transition to law school and be kind and available to me.

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

Probably the trial bar competition. I had never done oral advocacy, much less on Zoom. It was a great learning experience and helped me push myself outside my comfort zone. It’s great that Wake Forest has something like that and didn’t give up on it even though it couldn’t be held in person.

Describe any experiences that prepared you and/or made you excited to attend law school.

In undergrad, I interned in a federal judge’s office and interacted with her clerks a lot. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of how interesting, challenging, and worthwhile a law career can be. Even after having started law school, I’m still excited to be here.

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 have trained for a couple of Pro Bono Projects and I am looking forward to being able to apply my skills! I like Wake Forest’s emphasis on public service and that was one of the reasons I chose to come here. I am also a member of the trial bar and I look forward to building more trial skills.

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

I love the trails on campus for running.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

I’d like to clerk after graduation and then work in litigation in the federal government in some capacity.