“I interned with the Law Firm of Annapolis and a domestic master in the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County, both through the EXPLOR program, as well as with Advocates for Children and Youth, the legal services department of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.”
Graduation year: 2012
Undergraduate school: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Undergraduate major: Political science and criminal justice
Melissa Biggs, J.D., ’12, grew up in Mountain Top, Pa., a town of approximately 11,000. After majoring in political science and criminal justice at King’s College in nearby Wilkes-Barre, Melissa decided to come to law school in Baltimore as a full-time day student.
Why did you choose the University of Baltimore School of Law?
I wanted to practice in Maryland, so I knew it would be best to go to school in Maryland. I looked at UB and really liked it. I also had a friend moving to Baltimore at the same time, so I felt comfortable moving to a city after growing up in a small town.
Did you participate in any school-sponsored extracurricular activities?
I was a member of a moot court team, I served as the editor in chief of the Journal of Land and Development and I am a member of Phi Alpha Delta. I have had a variety of duties at my internships. I helped draft legal documents and prepare for trial at some and at others I researched and helped develop policy initiatives.
What would you say to a prospective student to encourage him or her to attend the University of Baltimore School of Law?
Law school is not easy, but the professors and students at UB make it bearable and worthwhile. The professors are very friendly and willing to help, even if you haven’t had them in class. The students are also very friendly and genuinely get along.