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.

Peer Advisors will be available during office hours to answer questions via email and/or Zoom or another platform. If you would like to connect with a Peer Advisor, start by emailing during their office hours, and let them know if you would prefer to meet virtually via Zoom or another platform listed in their profile.

Katie Karnosh

Hi everyone, my name is Katie Karnosh, and I’m so looking forward to serving as a peer advisor this year! I grew up near Dayton, Ohio and attended the University of Notre Dame where I studied accounting and psychology.

 At the law school, I’m a member of the Chicago Law Foundation, the St. Thomas More Society, Neighbors, and Law Women’s Caucus. Over my 1L spring break I participated in the International Immersion Program and during 2L I was a staff member for the Chicago Journal of International Law. I spent my 1L summer at the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship here at the law school and my 2L summer at Kirkland & Ellis (virtually) in Chicago. I’ll be joining the tax group at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago after graduation.

In my free time I like to bake, take a yoga class, attend a theater or dance show, watch Notre Dame football, and travel. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and helping you navigate law school however I can!

Spring Quarter office hours: Wednesdays: 12-2 p.m.
Options for connecting during office hours: Email, Zoom, phone call or text

Claire Lee

Claire Lee is a 3L from Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Political Science and Economics and a minor in Management. 

During her 1L summer, Claire was a summer associate at Jones Day in Chicago. She spent her 2L summer at Sidley Austin also in Chicago. Additionally, Claire externed during her 2L year at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois as part of the Prosecution and Defense Clinic. 

At the Law School, Claire served as Vice President of the Law Women's Caucus, Treasurer of the Labor and Employment Law Society, served as an Orientation Leader, and volunteered with the Student Admissions Committee. Additionally, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of Legal Forum

In her spare time, Claire likes to explore new restaurants in various Chicago neighborhoods and bike the lakeshore path. She is looking forward to providing any help or advice to those navigating law school for the first time! 

Spring Quarter office hours: Mondays, 12-2 p.m.
Options for connecting during office hours: Email, Zoom, phone, text

Kailin Liu

My name is Kailin Liu, and I'm so excited to be a Peer Advisor this year! I'm from Columbus, Ohio, and completed my undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Chicago. Law is my second career: after my undergraduate degree, I worked for four years in investment research, and then four years in the technology industry. Before law school, I was a senior manager at Uber's Chicago office.

Since starting at UChicago Law, I've served as a Mentorship and Outreach Director of Law Women's Caucus, received a grant for independent empirical research from the Coase-Sandor Institute, competed in the Semifinal round of the Hinton Moot Court Competition, and participated in the Employment Discrimination Clinic. I spent my 1L summer at the Chicago office of Buckley LLP and my 2L summer at the Chicago office of Jenner & Block.

Outside of law school, my husband and I enjoy exploring new Chicago restaurants and are also very involved in our Hyde Park church. We also enjoy hiking (ie walking) in nature preserves and kayaking around the city.

I look forward to meeting you!

Spring Quarter office hours: Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Options for connecting during office hours: Email, Zoom

Jared Mayer

Jared was raised in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He studied philosophy at Johns Hopkins University, graduating in 2018 and enrolling in the Law School immediately thereafter. For his 1L summer, Jared worked as a research assistant to Professor Martha C. Nussbaum. He spent his 2L summer working as a summer associate in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. 

In the Law School, Jared continues to work as a research assistant for Professor Nussbaum. He is also the Executive Articles Editor for the Chicago Journal of International Law and is involved with the Student Admissions Committee. 

In his spare time, Jared enjoys cooking (the New York Times Cooking section reigns supreme) and seeking out the finest Chinese food in Chicago. He also enjoys reading books in philosophy and early 19th century American history, as well as watching dark, satirical comedies.

Spring Quarter office hours: Thursdays: 8-10 a.m.
Options for connecting during office hours: Email, Zoom, phone, Facetime

Marina Mehrtens

Marina Mehrtens grew up in New Orleans and Atlanta before attending college at Boston University. There she studied business management and graduated to pursue a career in management consulting at PwC. Marina specialized in customer experience advisory for retail and consumer product companies. During this time, she also co-authored/published a book of poetry.

Marina came to law school excited to learn how business, technology, and the law intersect. She is now a 3L who has been involved as the President of the Law and Technology Society and the Social Director of the Black Law Students Association. After graduation, Marina plans to work in corporate law in the great city of Chicago.

Some of Marina's favorite pastimes include cheering on Saints Football (Geaux Saints!), planning her next international trip, and cooking a new savory recipe that she's found. 

Marina is excited to get to know her peers and hopes she can be a helpful resource!

Spring Quarter office hours:  Tuesdays: 2-4 p.m.
Options for connecting during office hours: Email, Zoom

Brennon Nelson

I am from Johnson City, TN. I completed my undergraduate studies in Economics at the University of Utah. Prior to coming to law school, I was a professional choral/opera singer. I am very interested in classical music, but am also an avid foodie. Feel free to reach out with restaurant recommendations!

During my 1L summer, I worked at Kirkland & Ellis in Houston, TX. I returned there for my 2L summer, and will return again after graduation. I hope to work in the M&A/Capital Markets groups.

Since coming to the law school, I have been involved with the Kirkland & Ellis Corporate Lab, participated in Orientation programming as an O-Leader and O-Director, and helped found the Law Students for the Creative Arts student group.

Spring Quarter office hours: Mondays: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Options for connecting during office hours: Email, Zoom