Detroit Law student took part in Diversity Clerkship Program


By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Victoria Robinson says she was drawn to study law because she wants to live in a civilized society.

“The rule of law is what separates civilized society from chaos,” she says. “Being a lawyer, to me, means that I can help restore order when laws are broken and help people resolve disputes, and both are necessary for a civilized society.”
A 3L student at Detroit Mercy Law, Robinson says she appreciates the smaller class sizes, the knowledge and experience the professors bring, and the numerous opportunities to get hands-on lawyering experience.    

Before starting law school, she was interested in entertainment law and criminal law.

“However, after starting law school, my interests have expanded, and it’s difficult for me to pinpoint one area of interest or focus,” she says.

Her career goal is to clerk for a judge before moving into private practice; and over the summer, she was one of six law students from across the nation selected to participate in the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section (BLS) Diversity Clerkship Program. She completed a clerkship in the chambers of Judge Christopher Yates of the 17th Circuit in Grand Rapids, with the opportunity to clerk, in-chambers, and virtually.

“What I enjoyed the most was the knowledge and experience of my judge, because it helped to shape the way I think about the law,” she says. “Learning how the law is applied from a judge’s perspective solidified my desire to clerk for a judge after graduating from law school because I realized there is still so much to learn about the practice of law.”

Robinson enjoyed remote studies during the pandemic and felt well supported by the school while studying online; she also enjoyed the lack of commute, and having her pets as “classmates.”

“Each online class felt like I had my own personal tutor—and access to professors before or after class was fairly easy,” she says.” Unlike office hours during in-person classes, where there may be a line of students waiting to talk to the professors after class, online office hours were much easier to schedule. And with the online office hours, many professors made themselves available outside of regular school hours, like early evenings or weekends.”   

Robinson makes her home in Detroit, where in her free time she enjoys gardening and almost all DIY (Do It Yourself) projects.

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