Lakshmi Jayanthi came to Valparaiso Law from George Mason University. “I chose to attend Valparaiso Law because I wanted a law school that felt like a community and a school that would help me enhance my skills for the job market no matter where I would decide to practice. When I came for a visit, I felt welcomed and saw for myself the collegial environment between the faculty, staff, and students. Coming from Virginia, it was nice to know that there were people here who cared.”
When Lakshmi began at Valparaiso Law, international business law was her main interest. After her first year, she was able to take elective courses in business law and also try out for the International Moot Court competition team. As a second year law student, Lakshmi and her International Moot Court teammates were chosen to compete in Mumbai, India against 25 teams from around the world, including Australia, Singapore, England, Greece, India, and the United States. Over the four 10-hour days, they survived seven rounds arguing both on and off brief and won first place. Lakshmi also prevailed as Best Speaker of the competition. “Arguing in front of judges helps you think on your feet and articulate your thoughts effectively.”
This summer Lakshmi worked as an intern in the Legal and Government Affairs Department of Sprint Corporation in Virginia. “I gained great experience from my internship in many different areas of the law – including litigation, government and commercial contracts, international sales and privacy.” This fall she interned at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLP downtown Chicago. “Gaining practical experience through internships and externships brings to life everything you learn in law school, especially how different areas of the law fit together. Valparaiso Law’s curriculum, extracurriculars, and practical experiences help you develop as a well-rounded attorney.” Lakshmi plans to return to Virginia upon graduation May 2014.