Angela Frost always thought she would end up studying law. It is a field, she says, that touches literally every aspect of everyday life. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Kinesiology in Sport Management, Angela took two years off from school to re-focus and to make sure that law was the career that she wanted to pursue. “During my time out of school, I interned with the New York Mets and worked for a small nonprofit company in Dallas that monitored multi-family, low-income housing throughout the state of Texas,” Angela recalled. Even though the companies were very different, her experiences with both confirmed her desire to study law.
When applying for law school, Angela checked a box on the application to receive information on potential scholarships and opportunities. By requesting that information, Angela was contacted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Graduate/Professional Student Recruitment Initiative (GPS), a diversity recruitment program for students considering post-baccalaureate studies at The Ohio State University’s graduate school and professional colleges. The three-day GPS Initiative offers selected applicants the ability to meet with faculty members and current graduate and professional students, and listen to workshops on graduate/professional school components. “Ohio State was already one of my top schools, so I was excited about the opportunity to visit and meet members of the faculty, administration, and current and potential students,” Angela said.
During her stay at the university, Angela was able to have candid discussions with Jimmi Nicholson, Assistant Director for Admissions, and Robert Solomon, who was at that time an assistant dean in the Law School. Both provided Angela with information about Columbus, including a mini-tour of the city and help looking for an apartment – and an offer to attend Thanksgiving at their home if Angela couldn’t travel back to Texas.
Attending GPS solidified Angela’s desire to attend Ohio State and showed her that the university cares about its underrepresented students. Angela was able to meet current students who answered all of her questions honestly, saying that graduate or professional school would be hard, but Ohio State has many resources to support its students. “It was like the students were a family, which was important to me since I would be so far from home.” After returning to Texas, she told her mom all about the weekend and the people that she had met in Ohio: “I just had this feeling that the professors and administrators at Ohio State really were invested in and cared about each student.”
Once Angela was accepted into Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, she felt well-prepared for graduate school, having laid a good foundation as an undergraduate student: attending class, introducing herself to her professors, and doing all of the readings. Going into law school, Angela knew that continuing to do all of those things would be important. However, the transition to graduate student did require a few adjustments: “I don’t believe I knew or realized just how much work, time, and energy law school required. Not only do you need to be in class every day, but you also need to be attentive. You need to ask questions if there is anything that needs clarification, which is something I did not do very well as an undergrad.” Another adjustment was the learning process. “In undergrad, you read the material and come to class to hear the professor lecture about it. In law school, you read the material and come to class expected to know the material, be engaged during the lecture and ready to be ‘cold-called’ on.” Angela remembers that although the first couple of cold-call experiences were “terrifying,” each one gave her the confidence she needed to believe in herself.
Besides the skills she learned as an undergraduate student, Angela found additional support during her first year of law school through the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and her fellow students. “The 2Ls and 3Ls were helpful in giving myself and my fellow 1Ls advice regarding professors, teaching styles, exam prep information, how to navigate the (sometimes) political environment of law school, and provided opportunities to get to know each other. I credit the organization with helping me meet my best friends here at Ohio State.” Angela and her classmates plan on paying forward the help they received, with a goal this year of offering the current 1Ls those same opportunities and assistance.
Angela is continuing to follow her dream of specializing in sports and entertainment law, an interest that has carried over through her undergraduate work, internships, and professional experiences. Currently, she is an intern in Ohio State’s athletic department, and after graduation, she plans on using her background in finance, business compliance, and sports management to work as a corporate or sports and entertainment law attorney.