Peer Advisors

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 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: Students can use 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.

Office Hours:  Peer Advisors will be available to meet in room 435 during office hours. Autumn Quarter office hours will start Wednesday, September 28. Please make sure to check this page, as Peer Advisor office hours may change during the quarter. 

Questions: Contact Jesse Landstrom with any questions about the Peer Advisor program: jlandstrom@uchicago.edu 

Cheridan Christnacht

My name is Cher, and I’m a 3L from Bethlehem, NH. Before starting law school, I studied Sociology at Temple University and then worked as a Statistician for 3 years in Washington, D.C.

At the law school, I am involved in the Law Women’s Caucus, the Law and Business Society, and am an Online Editor for the Law Review. I spent my 1L summer working at Katten in Chicago and my 2L summer working at Davis Polk in New York.

In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, eating pizza, and listening to podcasts. Looking forward to getting to know you all this year!

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:05-5:05 p.m.

Alessandro Clark-Ansani

My name is Ale (short for Alessandro, rhymes with tamale) Clark-Ansani and I'm excited to meet the 1Ls! I grew up in New York City before going to undergrad at UChicago. After graduating in 2019, I worked as a field organizer on the Elizabeth Warren campaign in Des Moines, IA (and Texas for a month post-caucus!). 

At the law school, I've served as the Co-President of Defenders, the Events Coordinator for OutLaw, and a cast member of the law school musical. I am a staffer on law review and participated in the Hinton Moot Court Competition. I'm also involved in the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic and worked as a research assistant for Professor Huq. I split my first summer between Civil Rights Corps in DC and the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Illinois, and I spent my second summer at the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle. I'm passionate about public defense and decarceration, and won the 2L public service award for my work in these areas. I'm more than happy to talk with anyone interested in public interest law!

In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, yoga, cooking, and enjoying Chicago's great dining and nightlife. I've lived in Hyde Park for a total of six years now, so I have a wealth of local recommendations to offer! I look forward to meeting you all. 

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Mondays 3:05-4 p.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. *Office hours for 12/1 have been cancelled. 

Gabrielle Dohmen

Gabby Dohmen is a 3L from Joplin, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Chemical Engineering, she worked for three years in a manufacturing plant in Nevada, Missouri, before decided to go to law school.

Gabby split her 1L summer between a legal internship with the ACLU of Kansas and a legal externship with Judge Robert Bacharach on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She also served as a research assistant for Professor Jonathan Masur and volunteered with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic. For her 2L summer, Gabby split her summer between a position as a Summer Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in Washington, D.C., and a legal internship at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Western District of Missouri in Kansas City, Missouri.

Outside of class, Gabby serves as the Executive Articles Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review. She is also an active member of the Black Law Students Association and Law Women’s Caucus. Gabby enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with her roommate’s dog, Rudy.

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Mondays 4-6 p.m. 

Caroline Ferguson

Caroline Ferguson is a joint degree student completing her J.D. and Ph.D. in Political Science, both at the University of Chicago. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies, she moved back to her hometown, Washington, D.C., where she worked as a Research Analyst at a think tank.

Caroline spent her 1L summer as a legal extern to Judge Michael Y. Scudder on the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Summer 2021, she worked at the MacArthur Justice Center in Chicago and served as a research assistant for Professor Bridget Fahey. Most recently, she summered at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick P.L.L.C. in D.C.

At the law school, Caroline is an Articles Editor for the University of Chicago Law Review and an active member of the Student Admissions Committee, the Black Law Students Association, and Outlaw.

Outside of school, Caroline enjoys going to a workout class, seeing a musical, and hanging out with her dog, Ollie.

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Thursdays 3:05-5:05 p.m. 

Brynne Follman

Brynne is a 3L from Philadelphia. After graduating from Yale in 2017 with a degree in History and Economics, she worked as a state and local government consultant at Guidehouse. She spent her 1L summer working in the UChicago Housing Initiative Transactional Clinic. She spent her 2L summer working as a summer associate at Sullivan and Cromwell in New York.

Outside of class, Brynne is an Articles Editor for The University of Chicago Law Review and an active member of Law Women’s Caucus, Law of the Land, and ACS. She also enjoys climbing, boxing, and hanging out by the lake. Brynne is excited to welcome you all to the law school!

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:35-3:35 p.m.

So Jung Kim

So Jung is a 3L who currently hails from Lake Orion, Michigan, in the Detroit suburbs. She studied public policy at the University of Michigan and worked in Washington D.C. at a think tank and in public affairs consulting before law school. Outside of class, So Jung is an active member of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, Pro Bono Board, and Student Interview Committee. As a 2L, she was involved with the Labor and Employment Law Society, APALSA, Law Review, Orientation, and Graduate Council. 

During her 1L summer, she interned with the Federal Trade Commission's Northeast Regional Office and RAed for Prof. Hajin Kim. After 2L, she was a summer associate at Selendy Gay Elsberg, a generalist litigation boutique in New York City. 

So Jung is often taking a lap around Promontory Point, chilling at the Pub, or exploring Chicago and the lakefront via Divvy bike or the CTA. She is thrilled to welcome the 1Ls to Hyde Park!

Autumn Quarter Office Hours: Mondays 8:50-10:50 a.m.