Going to law school has been a dream of mine ever since high school. I actually decided to come to Lewis and Clark College specifically for their law school. It was definitely a really big risk, as I am well aware that things change overtime. Luckily for me, law school was still something that I really wanted to do. In particular, I want to study environmental and animal law, and what better place to do so than at Lewis and Clark (their environmental law program is ranked #1 in the nation and they are one of the only law schools that offers an animal law program).
I am extremely excited to be able to follow this dream of mine next Fall, as I will be attending Lewis and Clark Law School! I’ve always kept this goal of mine in the back of my mind when it came to writing research papers for classes, doing projects, or signing up for different courses every year because I knew that these things would come in handy down the road. This is precisely what I did with my ENVS capstone. I thought it would be most beneficial for me to write my thesis on 1) something that I was interested in and 2) something that I could carry with me throughout my law school journey and beyond.
My capstone is on the conservation of the Hawaiian monk seal in the Main Hawaiian Islands based off of human-animal coexistence. When I graduate from law school, I want to move back home to Hawaii so that I can work on exactly what I have been working on for my capstone. I want to help the conservation of our state’s endangered species as a way to give back to my home and all that it has to offer. Since my capstone focuses on just that, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to expand on it and use it as a tool when I’m a lawyer. It’ll be super cool to be able to continue on with something that I worked on as a senior in college, and I’m really interested to see where it ends up once I finish it, as well as how useful it’ll be to me (and maybe others) in my career/profession.
The most ideal situation would be where I use my capstone as a nice model for dealing with human-animal coexistence and making sure that the cultural and biological aspects of the word “coexistence” align with what a species actually needs in order to thrive and survive. However, another possibility could be that my capstone just doesn’t apply to the work that I’m doing nor make sense to me 5 years later down the road, and that’s just fine. That’ll give me an opportunity to go back and fix the things that I either got wrong or needed to work on when I wrote my capstone, and I could use these mistakes as a learning point.