Alumni Q&A: Sean Adegbola ('18)
Charleston School of Law graduate Sean Adegbola (’18) returned to campus recently and we had the opportunity to sit down and talk about his life as a law student and the impact the faculty had on his experience.
“The faculty have made a big impact on me. When you come to law school, you’re intimated. But every professor had an ‘open door’ policy. Every professor was there to help give you practice problems, set up appointments, to meet with them and that’s what I really appreciated.”
Before I arrived, I received a phone call from the Dean of Admissions and she made me feel comfortable, wanted, and excited. Charleston School of Law made me realize how committed the professors are in preparing other students to be in the legal profession.
What impact has the faculty had on your student experience?
The faculty have made a big impact on me. When you come to law school, you’re intimated. But every professor had an ‘open door’ policy. Every professor was there to help give you practice problems, set up appointments, to meet with them and that’s what I really appreciated.
A few of the professors became my mentors. I still talk to them to this day. They give me recommendations on how I should handle a case and advice beyond school, life advice.
There’s nothing new that we’re experiencing that they haven’t experienced while school prepared me. Well, one of my favorite courses in law school was civil procedure and I’m currently a personal injury attorney.
What did you learn from your law school student experience?
Law school taught me that I could do anything that I put my mind. I know that may sound cliche, but there were times when I would say to myself, ‘I’m not as smart as everyone.’
How involved were you on campus?
The school did an excellent job shining light on African American student organizations and Latino student organizations by encouraging students to be involved.
What advice would you give to students considering law school?
I had to work hard. It’s not easy. You’re going to fail. Adversities is going to happen to you. I had the opportunity to interact with potential law students and give them a true perspective on ‘a day in the life’ of a law school student. You must be prepared. Once I prepared, I could do anything.
The way the classrooms are set up with building confidence and being comfortable. The professors do a great job letting everyone know that we’re all on the same, even playing field. Everyone is experiencing the exact same thing you are.
CHARLESTON SCHOOL OF LAW QUICK FACTS
The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.
- The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors second in the country for faculty accessibility (2021)
- Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
- Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to about more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
- Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
- Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)
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The following was originally published by the South Carolina chapter for the Association of Corporate Counsel.