Research Opportunities During Law School

by Laura Doore, Class of 2013

laura doore class of 2013Laura is a 3L at William & Mary Law School.  She has an A.B. in French and anthropology from Bowdoin College in Maine.  Laura worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine before coming to law school.  After graduating in May, Laura plans to work in Washington, D.C.

I am a 3L at William and Mary and I have been a Graduate Research Fellow, or a GRF, since my 1L year.  The opportunity to be a GRF was one of the reasons I chose William & Mary, and it has turned out to be a great experience.  My 1L year I worked at the library and in the Admissions Office.  At the library, I helped to add content to the scholarship repository.  With the Admissions Office, I helped organize applications, gave tours to prospective students, and helped out at Admitted Students’ Weekend.  I very much enjoyed working with the Admissions and library staff and appreciated the opportunity to get to know many members of the law school community.

I started working for Professor Solomon as a research assistant my 2L year and continue to work for him this year.  Professor Solomon’s research focuses on the theory and practice of civil justice, and he also researches and writes on issues related to legal education.  During the past year and a half, I have helped edit several papers that went on to be published in law journals, researched issues for forthcoming papers, and compiled data on law schools around the country and on legal education in general.  The work has been challenging and rewarding.

Learning more about Professor Solomon’s research has been a valuable addition to my legal education.  One of the best parts about working for Professor Solomon is that he has great advice about law school and the job market and has been a helpful and enthusiastic adviser.

The GRF program is just one aspect of the William & Mary experience that brings together members of the law school community and reinforces a collaborative atmosphere.   I have very much enjoyed my experience, and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a GRF.