The Law School's Peer Advisor Program aims to alleviate the anxiety associated with the law school experience and help every student achieve success at the Law School. Six third-year law students serve as Peer Advisors under the direction of the Assistant Director of Student Affairs & Academic Advising to help first-year students navigate life at the Law School. Peer Advisors are available during office hours at the beginning of each quarter, when grades are posted, and ahead of finals each quarter to consult on class preparation, time management, life at the Law School and general support. They also coordinate several programs throughout the year for first-year students, offering tips on preparing for class discussions, exam preparation, events during each quarter, course selection, and other related topics.
The Peer Advisor Program has three main features—group workshops, individual meetings, and informal mentoring.
Group Workshops: The Peer Advisors offer a series of workshops to first-year students designed to assist them in adjusting to law school. Typical workshops include the following:
- a presentation on preparing for class
- a faculty panel discussion on preparing for and taking law school exams
- a panel presentation on what to expect each quarter
- a panel presentation on learning from grades
- a presentation on 1L elective course selection
Individual meetings: The Peer Advisors host office hours at the beginning of each quarter, again when first-year grades are released, and then again as final exams approach. Students can use these office hours discuss concerns related to preparing for classes, understanding their grades, and preparing for exams, as well as general questions about the Law School.
Informal mentoring: The Peer Advisors attend Law School and 1L community events to make themselves available for informal conversations and mentoring.
The schedule for Peer Advisors' office hours will be sent out by the Office of the Dean of Students. The Peer Advisors' office is Room 435.
Michael is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and went to Loyola University Chicago for undergrad.
Between undergrad and law school Michael worked grant writing for a hospital network. He also worked for a custody bank doing sales support, primarily by preparing the written responses to questions submitted by potential clients. During his 1L summer, Michael was an extern for a federal district judge in the Northern District of Illinois. This past summer, he worked at Sidley Austin in Chicago. Outside of work and school, Michael really enjoys playing with his dog, reading longform journalism, and watching NBA basketball.
Michael's office hours are 9:45-11:45 a.m. on Friday.
Katie is currently a 3L at the Law School. She is originally from Davis, California but has spent the past 6 years in Chicago. Katie came to the University of Chicago for undergrad and studied 20th century U.S. history. During law school, Katie was a research assistant for Professor David Strauss and is the Managing Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. She enjoys classical music and trying new restaurants in Chicago.
Katie's office hours are 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Jamie is a born and raised Texan and grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in chemistry and a minor in public policy. While there, Jamie worked in an energy technology and policy research group. During college, she also worked for Wendy Davis’s gubernatorial campaign and for Texas State Representative Mary González. Jamie came straight to law school after graduating from UT.
At the Law School, Jamie is the Topic Access & Recruitment Editor for the Law Review and is part of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. She has been involved in the Chicago Law Foundation, the American Constitution Society, and the Law School Musical. After her 1L year, Jamie worked at the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C. For her 2L summer, she worked at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. Jamie also remains active in congressional and senatorial campaigns in Texas.
Given that she followed a slightly less traditional path to law school (and plans to have a less-than traditional career after), she hopes to be a resource to students who are unsure about the nuts and bolts of law school and who don’t know the path they want to follow. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys giving her dogs as much attention as possible and trying great food.
Jamie's office hours are 3-5 p.m. Monday.
Jamie grew up in Plattsburgh, New York and graduated from Union College in 2010. She double-majored in psychology and political science. After college, Jamie studied social psychology at Yale University and received her Ph.D. in 2015. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jamie spent her 1L summer working at the ACLU of Maryland. She split her 2L summer, spending the first part at Munger, Tolles and Olson in Los Angeles and the second part at the Cook County Public Defender. At the Law School, Jamie has been involved in OutLaw, Spring Break of Service, the Women’s Advocacy Project, and the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic.
In her spare time, Jamie enjoys playing board games, listening to podcasts, and exploring local Chicago theater. She is excited to pay forward all of the thoughtful guidance that has helped her navigate law school by serving as a Peer Advisor.
Jamie's office hours are 4-6 p.m. Wednesday.
Nicholas Vera received his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and worked as a paralegal before coming to the law school. He has spent his last two summers as a summer associate in Vedder Price’s commercial litigation department and has been an active member of UChicago’s Latino/a Law Students Association since 1L year. Nick was born and raised in Chicago, but spent over a decade in Arizona so you know he can bring the heat to all your peer advisement needs.
Nicholas's office hours are 9:45-11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
A classical flutist from the south side of Chicago, André J. Washington has a bachelor degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, and an artist diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris in France. As a musician, André performed in a part-time orchestra in Paris, and freelanced with several chamber groups while also volunteering with the movement for the affirmation of young gays and lesbians in France. As a volunteer, André helped organize young volunteers to support the growing coalition for the passage of marriage equality in France in the spring of 2013, and in Illinois in the fall of 2013. Seeing the success of his political efforts bring marriage equality to fruition, André was compelled to continue his work in politics. Between 2013-2016, André worked for several local, state, and federal democratic candidates in Chicago and Illinois. His work in politics is what led him to study law. As a law student, André is a Doctoroff student, active in the Black Law Students Association, OUTlaw, and continues to pursue his musical interests on campus and around the city.
André's office hours are 4-6 p.m. Thursday.