Amber Campbell

Amber Campbell

Class of 2019

BA in English, minor in Women's Studies
Wesleyan College

What did you do before law school, and what led to you pursue a law degree?

After finishing undergrad in Georgia, I moved to Arizona to live with my parents again. Once there I spent a few years as a barista, before getting a contract position with the Phoenix DEA. While working for the DEA, I was able to see the impact that lawyers can have, for good and bad.

Unfortunately, my time with the DEA was short, they cut the budget and with it went my job. This was the first time in my life that I had ever been laid off. When I was given notice, I had a little over a month to decide what to do with my life. I called my best friend from undergrad, who was also my roommate and goalie. She is the person I always call when I need advice. After telling her the situation and how confused I was at what I should do, she simply said, "Amber, go to law school, you know you've always wanted to and there's nothing stopping you now." She was right. After that phone call I got to work. I immediately signed up for the LSAT and started looking for a job to hold me over until I made it in.

What activities are you involved in at the law school or in the community?

I am a member of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), and currently hold a position as an admission fellow. I truly enjoy helping students that are hoping to be a part of SU Law. I am also looking to join a rec soccer team soon. Playing soccer is something I really miss in law school since it was such a large part of my undergrad.

What have you found most valuable during your law school education?

The most valuable thing is the ability to adapt. Coming to law school for me was more than just starting school again; it was also the second time in my life that I would be moving to a completely different part of the country, and leaving everyone I knew behind. You have to develop a certain flexibility of character in order to start fresh in a new place. Because I had done a huge move before, I was more prepared this time to adapt to my new environment. I believe that was most valuable during my first few weeks, which are very difficult to get through.

What advice would you offer a prospective law student?

Don't panic. Everything you do in the first couple of weeks is so new and different from what you've had to do in undergrad that it can get overwhelming. A lot of students will be constantly asking themselves if they are smart enough, or prepared enough, or if they can do this at all. The key is not to get stuck in that type of thinking. It's normal to have doubts, but don't let those stop you from getting your work done. You just have to keep moving forward.

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