Kristen Farr Capizzi ’18 knew early on she wanted to be an attorney. Growing up in Gurnee, Illinois, she figured she would end up in corporate law.
“Both my parents are accountants,” she noted.
At the University of Illinois, she got her degree in finance and became president of the pre-law honor society. In her senior year, she organized a trip to Chicago to visit law schools and fell in love with Chicago-Kent.
“Nicole Vilches, assistant dean for admissions,” Farr Capizzi recalled, “was wonderful in explaining the school.” She sat in on a class and liked the interactive nature of the setting.
She also liked the trial team.
“Last year we were third in the nation,” she said. “But we’re always ranked in the top five. That drew me. I wanted to be on a team that was known. We’re in practices six days a week, 3 to 5 hours. It’s a big commitment, but you have to put in the work to be so good.”
“I really love being in a courtroom,” she said.
Last academic year she worked for Morici, Figlioli & Associates, a personal injury firm that sees a lot of courtroom action, and last summer she worked in the National Tax division of the Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young. Then she’ll decide which career direction to pursue.
Her other extracurriculars include the Justinian Society, the Italian law student group, which is where she met her recent boss, Jim Morici. She wrote for the Law Review last summer and this year. She also worked for the Center for Disability and Elder Law last summer, drafting wills, doing power of attorney, and lots of legal research.
And she started giving tours of the school in 1L for the admissions department. She tells prospective students that law school is a completely different kind of learning. She touts the school’s career counseling services and the special events Kent hosts, which foster networking opportunities.
And she praises the legal writing program, with its five semester requirement. “If they didn’t require five semesters,” she admits, “I definitely wouldn’t be taking five semesters, but it’s so important. I’m glad they make us do it.
“Everyone tells you law school is hard,” she advises new students, “but you won’t really understand until you’re halfway through the first semester. At that point, just take a breath and trust your professors. They’ve been doing this for years and they know how to teach you. If you trust them and put the work in, then I think any law student can excel at Chicago-Kent.”