Kourtney Hahn, '13

Kourtney Hahn '13
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Undergrad: Florida State University
Major: Finance and Political Science
Law School activities: Black Law Students Association, Public Interest Law Society, Intramural flag football

When law school started last year, Kourtney Hahn took a seat with the rest of his fellow 1L students. It was a side of the classroom he hadn’t seen in a while.

Before he came to the Law School, Kourtney participated in Teach for America teaching fourth-grade math, science, and social studies in Miami, Florida. He says it was his way of “working to close the achievement gap one student at a time.”

When his Teach for American term ended, Kourtney decided to follow through with a goal he’d had since 10th grade. That’s when he became hooked on the law after taking a law class as an elective and competing in a mock trial competition. Ever since then, Kourtney knew law school would be a part of whatever career path he followed.

He decided to come to the University of Chicago Law School because of the wide career options available to graduates. The interdisciplinary work being done at the Law School was attractive to him, too.

“The world is becoming more complex and I believe it is important to integrate disciplines to obtain a better understanding of how the world functions,” he said.

Here's what Kourtney has found most challenging about law school:

"The Law School pushes you to think past your first, second, third, and sometimes even fourth thought about an issue. It is different from the way that we were taught throughout our academic careers."