"As a clinic student, I enjoyed the chance to interact one-on-one with my clients. At other internships, there is little opportunity to work with clients. It was exciting to get to plan and run the meetings."
Graduation year: 2012
Undergraduate school: University of Maryland, College Park
Undergraduate major: Secondary education and history
Emily Keller is from Aberdeen, Md., and received undergraduate degrees in secondary education and history from the University of Maryland, College Park. An active student who participated in Law Review and worked as a research assistant, teaching assistant and Law Scholar, Emily was the valedictorian of the Class of 2012.
Why did you choose the University of Baltimore School of Law?
I really liked the feeling that I got when I attended the information session. The faculty and students seemed very approachable and friendly. I was excited to be a part of that environment. I also received a scholarship to the University of Baltimore, which helped me to make my decision.
You completed three internships and participated in the Community Development Clinic. Can you tell us a little bit about those experiences?
I interned through the Law Career Development Office’s EXPLOR program with the Hon. Alexander Wright Jr. of the Court of Special Appeals and at Whiteford Taylor & Preston. I interned for credit with the Hon. Ruth Jakubowski of the Baltimore County Circuit Court.
At the Court of Special Appeals, I researched and helped to draft opinions on a variety of different topics. At Whiteford, I researched and drafted a variety of memos, drafted tax articles of interest to nonprofits and worked on a summary judgment motion. At the Circuit Court, I observed a wide range of trials and hearings, drafted opinions on post-conviction relief and outlined motion arguments.
Congratulations on graduation! Where will you be working?
Law Offices of Eccleston and Wolf, P.C.
Is there any other information you’d like to share about your law school experience?
The University of Baltimore has great professors who are approachable and excited about the topics that they are teaching. There are also a lot of great ways to get experience outside of the classroom – the clinics, semester internships and EXPLOR programs are great opportunities.