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Victoria Muller

Victoria Muller

Prior to enrolling at NIU Law, Victoria Muller served as a military police officer stationed at Guantanamo Bay, worked as a shift supervisor at a dispatch company handling emergency calls from six departments, and obtained a degree in political science from Northern Illinois University. Her past accomplishments make it clear that she is equal to the task that is law school. In addition to her coursework and involvement in student organizations, Ms. Muller continues to work as a dispatcher, where she can already see her legal education improving her ability to solve problems.

What has your experience as a part-time and later full-time NIU Law student been like? Beginning part-time was a great way to ease into law school. I came straight from undergrad, but law school is a whole new ball game. I really think that beginning as a part-timer helped me to achieve the GPA I have now because I was not thrown into it and overwhelmed. Once I figured out how and what to study I was able to easily transition to full-time and will only graduate 1 semester after my class.

Why did you decide to enroll part-time? When I started law school the ABA put a cap on the amount of hours a law school student could work so I had no choice. Now they have lifted that restriction, but I would still have chosen to go part-time regardless. If I had worked full-time and gone to law school full-time during my first year I am certain my performance in at least one of those areas would have suffered.

What has been the most rewarding part of law school so far? The most rewarding part of law school so far has been meeting attorneys who have changed someone's entire life by getting a wrongful conviction overturned.

What has been the most challenging part so far? The most challenging part of law school has been finding the time to fit it all in. In addition to schoolwork, NIU offers students an abundance of opportunities to join clubs, attend networking events, volunteer in the area, and travel around the U.S. and abroad. I often find that there are so many things I want to do but just not enough time.

Why are you thankful you chose NIU Law? The price. Plain and simple. I will graduate from law school with zero debt and a quality legal education and I know several of my classmates who will do the same.

What advice would you give to incoming first-year law students? If you are considering attending our law school, come for a visit. I was unsure of whether I wanted to take the June LSAT just one month after finishing my bachelor's degree or if I should study more and take the October or December test. I came in and met with the Admissions staff who answered all my questions, took me on a tour, and allowed me to sit in for a class. That experience convinced me that I was ready and I am so glad I did not wait.

What activities are you involved in (inside and outside of law school)? I am the philanthropy chair of the Second Amendment Society as well as a member of Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity. Outside of school I volunteer for the Salvation Army and work two jobs.

What are your current professions? I am a full-time 911 dispatcher, and I also work remotely for a personal injury attorney as a legal research clerk.

How has your education at NIU Law made you more effective in your current position? For one, juggling two jobs and school has definitely helped refine my time-management skills. Further, law school made me a better shift supervisor because of my ability to see things from several perspectives and find alternative resolutions to problems, just as the judges do in the cases we study.

This interview was conducted in Summer 2016. 

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Undergraduate Major: Political Science

Hometown: Aurora, Illinois

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