Learning the Law: A Student Perspective

Davenport North freshman Brecken Meyer knew he wanted to be a lawyer from a young age, so when the opportunity arose through his school’s Career Technical Education Program to talk with lawyers about their career path, he jumped at it. He told us why he is interested in studying law and what he learned from visiting with two of our attorneys, Brett Marshall and Tim Gulbranson.

What made you decide law was a field you were interested in studying?

When I was in seventh grade, I had a Language Arts project where we had to argue our point of view. I chose doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. I found that I enjoyed arguing my point and really had a ball with the assignment. I thought, “Lawyers do that, maybe I should be a lawyer.”

What questions did you ask Brett and Tim?

I asked them what their bachelor’s degrees were in. Tim told me his was Political Science and Psychology and Brett’s was English and Economics. We talked about what a day in the life is like for them and what different starting points are for a legal career.

What was the most surprising thing you learned from your visit to Lane & Waterman?

I did a lot of research to prepare to meet with Brett and Tim, but I was not prepared to learn the LSAT costs $300! My ACT only cost about $50, so that surprised me a bit.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I hope to get a summer job so I can save money for a super moto bike to ride with my friends. I also want to volunteer with local kids in our community. 

Is there anything else you want us to know?

I want to say thank you for the opportunity to meet with the attorneys at your firm. It really inspired and energized me. I see high school as a trampoline to get into a great college and ready myself for my career, and the meetings with Brett and Tim made me more excited to pursue this path. Maybe some day I will be a lawyer at Lane & Waterman, who knows?


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