Two AU grads head to law school

Tue, 2011-07-12 08:00 -- univcomm
July 12, 2011

When recent graduates Elizabeth Vincent and Jon Frisby came to Anderson University four years ago, they had no intentions of becoming lawyers. Today both Vincent, a communication arts major, and Frisby, a political science major, have been accepted into law school.

Law-School-3Vincent and Frisby are just two of many students to continue their education in law school after earning degrees from AU. In the past five years, AU graduates have attended law school at Duke University, Georgetown University, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt University. According to Dr. Michael Frank, associate professor of political science and advisor for pre-law students, AU’s placement for pre-law students is above average. [Photo: Elizabeth Vincent, Dr. Michael Frank, and Jon Frisby.]

Frank is one of several professors who helped both Vincent and Frisby as they planned to apply to law school. Both took relevant and challenging undergraduate classes in their respective majors and also underwent a rigorous application process.

“I think the thing about AU that people do not realize is that interactions with professors are so influential,” said Frisby. “Some of our professors, like Dr. Frank, teach us to think in ways we had never thought of. It’s just an extra touch — something you can’t get at big schools.”

When Frisby entered AU, he considered law school, but began his freshman year focusing on science. His sophomore year, he took a government class taught by Frank, prompting him to change his major to political science. During his senior year, Frisby applied to law school. He has been accepted but has not committed to a school yet. Frisby wants to use his future law degree to work with hospitals by handling malpractice suits.

Vincent’s journey toward law school took a similar path. She also considered becoming a lawyer at a young age, but changed her career path during high school. When she came to AU as a freshman, she specialized in public relations. After taking an introductory course, she learned about public relations in litigation. This prompted her to declare a political science minor her sophomore year and make plans to prepare for law school.

Vincent will attend Indiana University in Indianapolis for several reasons, including its location and professional opportunities. “Not only is it near home, but I was offered a generous scholarship through the Resident Excellence Award,” said Vincent. “There are also many professional opportunities in Indianapolis, including the IU Indy Center for Intellectual Property, several law firms, and the court system. It seemed like a perfect fit.”

Vincent intends to work with a law firm or corporation handling brand protection, as she plans to specialize in intellectual property. She would eventually like to consult with businesses during crisis situations, using both legal and public relations approaches. “A lot of times PR professionals and lawyers can’t see eye to eye,” said Vincent.

One influence in Vincent’s undergraduate development was Model UN, a program where students research and report on assigned countries. Their task is to represent their countries as ambassadors and debate about current issues affecting them. Vincent participated in multiple Model UN competitions as an undergraduate, and this past spring served on the international press delegation. Next year, Vincent intends to participate in moot court, an extracurricular in law school that simulates court trials.

— Kelly Frye is a senior from Elkhart, Ind., majoring in biology and communication arts. Frye is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.