10 Questions with Emily O’Hara

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3L Emily O'Hara sits with George Wythe and John Marshall

1. Who are you?
Hi! I’m Emily, and I’m a 3L at W&M law! I live in Williamsburg with my fiancé, but I am originally from central New York. I graduated from Syracuse University in 2017 with my BA in English and Political Science. In law school, I am a member of the Honor Council and the Senior Articles Editor of the William & Mary Law Review.

2. What are you reading right now?
Sometimes, I try to read “for fun.” Right now, I am reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I take half an hour to read before sleeping each night. Fun Fact: you can use your public library card on the OverDrive App to download books to your Kindle/ Tablet for free!

3. What is your cheese shop order?
Turkey on Focaccia Bread with House Dressing. You can also buy bread ends for $1.00 and a container of house dressing to dip them in. It is a great snack (but not super healthy)!

4. Favorite study spot in the law school?
My carrel is on the second floor of the library near the front of the building by the windows. It is quiet, gets great natural light, and is close to the drinking fountain. I also like to sit outside on the patio when the whether is nice, and I often work at my desk in the Law Review Office.

5. Who is your legal idol?
Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court and the first woman in the legal profession I was exposed to when I was young. As someone who always attempts to see an issue from all perspectives, I have always appreciated her moderate opinions where she appears to be looking at an issue from all sides.

6. What is your go-to at Aromas?
Aromas has a mint latte that tastes great with grasshopper biscotti. I also enjoy their raspberry iced tea when it is warmer outside.

7. Favorite arbitrary law?
You may know that the President traditionally pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving. But Governors have also been known to pardon dogs!

8. Favorite spot to eat in town?
Craft 31. It has a nice covered patio with live entertainment on the weekends. The food is good, and there are a lot of local craft beers on tap.

9. One thing you wish you would have known before applying to law school?
At the end of your three years, you may still not know 100% what law you want to practice. You do not have to know. You still have time to figure it out, whether it be in law school, during a summer internship, or on the job after graduation. You will grow so much during law school; you will develop so many personal and professional relationships, and you will build all the skills necessary to succeed in the legal world.

Additionally – people always told me to “take a year off.” I graduated from college and started law school that next fall. That decision was right for me. When thinking about law school, it is important to stay true to who you are and do what is best for you. That mentality will serve you well during the next three years.

10. Your motivation for law school?
I always knew that I wanted to help people. Growing up, when I would see something unjust happen to another person, I would get frustrated and angry. I have always loved reading, writing, and making creative arguments. I am also a detail-focused person. I figured I could use these skills and my passion to enter the legal profession to enact changes that can benefit people’s lives.

What’s getting me though law school are my parents. They always stressed that getting a college degree was important. They did not graduate from college, making me the first person in my family to get a bachelor’s degree. They worked extremely hard so that my brother and I had opportunities to learn and develop skills needed to achieve our goals. I always knew that one of my goals was to have a career where I could help make a difference. My parents have always been supportive in my desire to keep learning. I could not get through law school without their support.