Austin Moore, 2L

Before com­ing to Michi­gan Law, Austin Moore was a police offi­cer in his home state of Indi­ana for six years. His dream was to go to law school, and his expe­ri­ence in law enforce­ment helped con­firm that for him. It’s a rare career path, but one I would encour­age — I came to the Law School with some expe­ri­ence read­ing statutes and court deci­sions and apply­ing them to the real world,” he says.

Moore was told that work­ing for a fed­er­al agency is a great way to get sub­stan­tive expe­ri­ence, so he interned at the Secu­ri­ties and Exchange Com­mis­sion before his 2L year. He was doing legal research, dig­ging into facts, weigh­ing evi­dence, and apply­ing the law, and he saw sim­i­lar­i­ties to his time as a police offi­cer. He was exposed to a vari­ety of cas­es: domes­tic and for­eign cor­rup­tion, investor fraud, exec­u­tive mis­state­ments, and insid­er trad­ing. It’s a broad area of law because it applies to so many indus­tries, and every day was dif­fer­ent because there are myr­i­ad ways to com­mit fraud,” he says.

At Michigan Law, you’re surrounded by great people who care about you and want you to succeed.”

Moore matric­u­lat­ed at Michi­gan Law because it pro­vid­ed a bal­ance between oppor­tu­ni­ty and finan­cial sup­port, and the schol­ar­ship he received was a big part of his deci­sion. At Michi­gan Law, you’re sur­round­ed by great peo­ple who care about you and want you to suc­ceed,” he says. You feel lucky just to get in.”

The admis­sions office pri­or­i­tizes bring­ing in peo­ple with diverse back­grounds, which con­tributes to rich class­room dis­cus­sions that are facil­i­tat­ed by these dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ences. My time as a police offi­cer informs how I con­tribute to the class dis­cus­sion, and oth­ers bring their own per­spec­tives,” he says. It’s a great envi­ron­ment to learn in.”