Carson Smith (JD ’16)

Photo of Sarah Saint (JD '17), who was named 'Law School Student of the Year' by National Jurist

National Jurist chooses Wake Forest student as ‘Law Student of the Year’ two years in a row

For the second time in as many years, a Wake Forest Law student has been recognized by the National Jurist as “Law Student of the Year.”

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Photo of Carson Smith (JD '16) outside Worrell Professional Center

Carson Smith (JD ’16) named ‘Law Student of the Year’ by the National Jurist

Carson Smith (JD ’16) is the first Wake Forest Law student to be recognized by the National Jurist as “Law Student of the Year.” He is one of five students recognized from law schools across the nation in the current issue of the magazine. Smith was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2009 with a degree in management. Prior to entering law school, he worked in management and sales for a medical services company.

While in law school, Smith has been very involved with the Pro Bono Project, this year serving as the executive director. In the past three years he has volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, mentored juveniles who have been drug abusers in the Reclaiming Futures project and served as a coordinator for the law school and YWCS’s Teen Court Program. Following graduation, Smith plans to return to his home town as a public defender, providing legal services to individuals unable to afford adequate representation.

Outreach Director Beth Hopkins says, “His imprint on our program has heightened the student body’s understanding of pro bono services, and as a visionary, he has broadened the Wake Forest Law’s pro bono outreach in this community. Smith’s contributions to our program have sealed the law school’s place in its quest for providing legal information to that segment of the community that has the greatest need for justice.”

The section of the National Jurist story that features Smith follows.

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