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Raquel V. Chavez

Raquel V. Chavez

About Raquel: I am a Latina and first generation law student. I have a current interest in international law, family law, and public interest law. I have also studied abroad in the Netherlands where I participated in a Peace, Justice, and International Courts program and have participated in Model United Nations all throughout college. In undergrad, I was a heavily involved student on campus and was elected to be the Vice President of the Student Government Association for NIU my senior year. While in that position, I served as the student voice on the Violence Against Women White House Task Force where I helped change NIU’s sexual assault and Title IX policies. I decided to stay involved in student government this year and now currently serve as the first female student member to the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees.

What is the most rewarding aspect about being a law student thus far? The most rewarding aspect about being a law student thus far is being around people who are as excited about law as I am. It’s nice being able to relate with people with the good times, the hard times, and the growing pains that come with law school.

What is the communal atmosphere like at NIU Law? Have you bonded with some of the 2Ls and 3Ls? Have they provided you with any insight into succeeding in law school? I think that the communal atmosphere at NIU Law is great. You can really tell that everyone just wants you to excel and everyone is approachable. There is no real divide amongst the classes and the networking and social events have really helped bridge the gap in that regard. Because of those events and because I was an undergrad at NIU I have been able to bond with some of the 2Ls and 3Ls. They have definitely provided me with plenty of practical and academic advice on how to manage, balance, and succeed in law school and life.

This interview was conducted in Fall 2015. 

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Undergraduate Graduation Year: 2015

Undergraduate Institution:
Northern Illinois University

Undergraduate Major:
Political Science and Community Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE)

Hometown: Hampshire, Illinois

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