Brooke Isabel, 2L
Brooke Isabel went to Ohio State for undergrad and did not expect to end up at the University of Michigan. However, as a team-oriented person who has played sports her whole life, she wanted to find a law school where she would be academically challenged and that had a strong sense of community. “Ann Arbor won me over, and I was able to put my opinions about the football team aside,” she says.
This past summer, Isabel was an associate at Jones Day in Columbus. There, she focused on litigation and also worked on a pro bono immigration case for a woman who was seeking asylum. Through her studies and summer work, she came to realize how broad the legal field is and how well it merges her interests in health, international law, and human rights. “As a lawyer, I can have several different careers that touch on what I’m really passionate about—and solve problems across a number of industries,” she says.
As a lawyer, I can have several different careers that touch on what I’m really passionate about—and solve problems across a number of industries.”
“I’m very thankful to be a scholarship recipient. It has opened up opportunities for me to explore bigger markets like New York and Washington, DC,” she says. “I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life, and I’m excited to get out of my comfort zone and continue training in litigation.
This year, she is serving on the admissions board of the Black Law Students Association. Isabel notes that last year’s committee co-chairs were incredibly welcoming and helpful even before she applied. “It speaks to the character of the students here,” she says. “There’s so much to get involved with at the Law School, and I’d like to ensure that new students have a great experience, because I certainly have.”