Posted: November 9th, 2020
Nick Christopherson’s (JD ’23) theatre and moot court experiences inspired him to pursue the world of law.
Where do you call home?
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Texas Christian University
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?
The dual winds that swept me into the world of the law were theater and moot court. I had dabbled with stand up comedy, improv, and theater in high school and had participated in moot court in undergrad. I loved the thrill of performing and hoped to find that same thrill in the courtroom as an attorney. Chasing the inexplicable enjoyment I felt when I was in front of a crowd is the main reason why I came to law school.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
The people at Wake Forest are uniquely kind. I did not want my peers to be my enemies, as is sometimes the case at other schools. I wanted a supportive community that would further shape me into the lawyer of integrity I hope to become.
Describe the Wake Forest community. Provide specific examples if possible.
The Wake Forest community is the best. Imagine a place where everyone is rooting for you and it’s understood that we are all in this together. For example, one day I was selected to be “on-call” in civil procedure. As I stood up and started walking to the front podium, many of my friends gave supportive hoots and shouts of encouragement to cheer me on. The message was clear: “We’ve got your back during this stressful time and we’ll get through it together!” This message seems to show up again and again at Wake Forest.
What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)? What makes it so memorable?
There are times in law school when you flat-out run out of steam. At those times, you need advocates. I was sitting in a study room, feeling suffocated by my COVID-19 mask, overwhelmed by my school work, and disillusioned about my semester. So what did I do? I emailed one of my professors and asked if I could just “talk.” They immediately emailed back with a Zoom link. I jumped on, vented, cried a little, and received some awesome encouragement. I often think back to this experience because at times it feels like I’m a tightrope walker, dangling over a long fall. But when I remember my professor’s kindness, it assures me that I have a safety net that will catch me if I ever were to fall. That’s what makes Wake Forest special.
Describe any experiences that prepared you and/or made you excited to attend law school.
People seeking legal advice are in dire straits. An accident, a divorce, a crime, or another event has turned their life upside down. I am eager to walk beside these individuals and to help promote their wellbeing through compassionate counseling.
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 one of five 1L Student Bar Association (SBA) representatives. Being a representative has helped me better know my peers and connect with 2Ls and 3Ls. It has also given me a greater sense of belonging at Wake Forest because I can help improve the school by connecting students with faculty and administration.
Do you have a faculty mentor? If so, who and why? How does it add value to your student experience?
My faculty mentor is Professor Knox, who specializes in international law. Professor Knox and I meet once a semester and talk about my interests as a law student and possible career paths. I am so fortunate to be able to bring my uninformed interests to such a knowledgeable professor who is able to provide individualized and informed guidance.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
Winston-Salem is full of novelty bars. Even during a pandemic, there are plenty of outdoor, social-distance-friendly places where one can enjoy an evening with friends. I also love walking along the Long Branch Trail downtown, visiting Reynolds Gardens near campus, playing frisbee at Bailey Park at Innovation Quarter, and attending Bachelorette watch parties with friends.
Where do you want your law degree to take you?
I hope to have a career that is fulfilling and dynamic. Whether that career is in a District Attorney’s office, at a general practice firm, in a specialty law area, or working for a judge, I am sure that I will find a way to be happy. Fortunately, the law lends itself to pivoting mid-career, switching firms, and exploring new areas in the law and business. Whatever the future holds, I am confident that Wake Forest will prepare me for it.