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David White

David White

David White’s experience as a judicial clerk for the Kendall County Courthouse increased his dedication to excellence in legal writing, legal research, and public service. He plans to continue honing his skills and serving his community by working with several NIU Law student organizations and acting as a court appointed special advocate. Mr. White is a “Double Huskie,” having earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University in political science.

Sum up your first year in one sentence. With each passing day I become less of who I was and more of who I am.

What was the most rewarding part of your first year? The relationships with classmates and professors were, and continue to be, the most rewarding part of my first year. There is a bond forged through scholastic pursuit that endures and enriches despite time and distance.

What was the most challenging part of your first year? The biggest challenge for the first year was fear. Fear of failure, fear of doubting the path I chose, and fear of the unknown. But feeling that fear means you care about your future and will feel empowered and inspired to push through that fear of failure, doubt, and the unknown.

Why are you thankful you chose NIU Law? NIU Law has received many accolades for its close-knit community, its diversity, and the invaluable legal education it provides. I am thankful that I get to experience and take part in those things.

What advice would you give to incoming first-year law students? Your life is finite, the law is infinite. Law school is a singular experience unlike any other, but that doesn’t mean you have to be singular. Share this experience with your classmates. You will make some of your very best friends during law school and get to work those friends as practitioners in the legal profession for the rest of your life.

What activities are you involved in (both inside and outside of the law school)? Within the law school I am involved with the Public Interest Law Society, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Juvenile Interest Law Society, and with the NIU Law Review. Outside of the law school, I am involved with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

What did you do this summer (externships, clerkships, internships, study abroad, etc.)? Over the summer, I completed a judicial clerkship with the Kendall County Courthouse and conducted research with Professor Daniel McConkie.

What was your clerking experience like? Taking the skills learned from the classes of legal writing and legal research and using them every day was incredibly rewarding. The internship experience broadened my awareness of the courtroom and the legal profession as a whole. I was able to observe cases, ride-a-longs with sheriffs, and even an autopsy. I cannot imagine having done anything else this summer that would have been as beneficial as a clerkship.

How did NIU Law prepare you to succeed in your summer position? The time spent in class at NIU Law, focusing on not only legal studies, but also on career success has proven to be immeasurably beneficial during my clerkship.

This interview was conducted in Summer 2016.

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Undergraduate Major: Political Science

Hometown: Chesterton, Indiana

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