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.
My name is Nika Arzoumanian, and I'm so excited to be a Peer Advisor this year! I'm from Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago, and completed my undergraduate studies in History at New York University. Before attending law school, I spent one year working in the in-house legal department of a tech company in Chicago and volunteered to run Model United Nations conferences for high schoolers on the side.
Since starting at UChicago, I've served as Vice President of Law Women's Caucus, volunteered with the Student Admissions Committee, and played percussion in the University of Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble. I spent my 1L summer at the City of Chicago in the Constitutional and Commercial Litigation Division and my 2L summer at the Chicago office of Jenner & Block.
I will be starting in Jenner's litigation group after graduation and am also interested in government and policy work long term. I'm especially passionate about mentorship and wellness in law school and am so looking forward to working with all of you this year!
Nika's office hours are: [TBD]
Merav grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and studied music theory at Yale. She spent four years working between undergrad and law school, first in New York as a paralegal and then in Chicago as a data analyst. At the law school, Merav edits the Law Review's podcast and has worked as a research assistant for Professor Rappaport and Professor Masur. She spent her 1L summer interning for a district court judge in Chicago. For her 2L summer, she worked at Sidley Austin and at the Federal Defender Program, also both in Chicago.
Merav has lived in Lakeview for the past 5 years and loves running by the lake, going to free concerts in Grant Park, and cooking fussy recipes with her partner. She is excited to be able to share whatever insight she's gleaned about navigating life at the law school, so please stop by!
Merav's office hours are: [TBD]
Michael was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in South Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a combined BA/MA in Political Science. Before entering law school, Michael was a speechwriter and special assistant at a law school, where he worked on strategic planning.
During his 1L summer, Michael interned at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He spent his 2L Summer at Covington & Burling in Washington, DC while also working as a Research Assistant to Judge Diane Wood.
At the Law School, Michael serves as President of the Chicago Law Foundation and an Articles Editor of CJIL, among other things. He has also served as a research assistant to Professors Nou, Hemel, and Posner.
In his free time, Michael enjoys rooting for the Florida Gators, pub trivia, writing, playing sports, talking British politics, collecting historical memorabilia, and generally attempting to leave no sport unwatched.
Michael hopes to be a resource and a listening ear for every student in all matters law school, career, and life (though he has enough trouble figuring these things out for himself).
Michael's office hours are: [TBD]
Julianna McCorkle is a 3L from Falmouth, Massachusetts. She majored in Political Science and minored in Biology at Barnard College. As an undergraduate she interned at Human Rights Watch, the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic National Committee, the New York City League of Women Voters, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Marine Policy Center. After graduating from college she worked as a teacher in prisons and jails while living in New York City.
Here at the University of Chicago she is a Topic Access and Recruitment Editor for the Law Review, the former Co-President of Defenders, a member of OutLaw, a Spring Break of Service volunteer, and a cheerful benchwarmer on the co-ed softball team (the Oliver Wendell Home Runs) and the women's basketball team (the Ruth Bader Winsburgs). She spent her 1L summer at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and her 2L summer at the New Hampshire Public Defender's Office.
After she graduates she will be clerking for Judge Mary Rowland in the Northern District of Illinois and then working as a staff attorney at the New Hampshire Public Defender.
Julianna's office hours are: TBD
Kamara grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and began her studies in the US at Boston University where she majored in Political Science and History. She went to law school immediately after undergrad. She is currently a 3L and has been involved as the VP for the Black Law Students Association as well as the VP of the International Law Society. Kamara has participated in the International Immersion Program. She has also been involved in the Employment Law Clinic.
In her spare time, Kamara likes to explore museums and new coffee shops all over Chicago and she attends Zumba! She is looking forward to providing any help or advice to those navigating law school for the first time!
Kamara's office hours are: [TBD]
Kevin is a 3L from Florida who went to the University of Florida and came to law school straight from undergrad.
During college, Kevin was heavily involved in the University of Florida competitive mock trial team, and started coaching the University of Chicago undergrad mock trial team when he came to law school.
During his 1L summer, Kevin stayed in Chicago and worked as a research assistant for Professor Buss. For his 2L summer, Kevin packed his bags and headed west, to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, in the Cold Case Homicide Unit. Kevin plans to be a state prosecutor after law school.
In his free time Kevin watches a lot of sports – University of Florida, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and sadly the Miami Dolphins. He plays a lot of fantasy sports as well (2 time defending champion of a UChicago fantasy football league). Without shame, Kevin reads every YA dystopian novel he can get his hands on, and listens to an absurd amount of podcasts. If he’s not in his apartment, you can usually find Kevin at Ratner playing basketball or walking to or from Chipotle.
Kevin's office hours are: [TBD]