Cristen Chandler

Cristen Chandler
1st Year
Undergrad
Auburn University
Hometown
Jacksonville, Alabama
Area of Interest
International law, litigation

What do you feel is unique about the College of Law?
The professors. Some of the most impressive academic minds in the legal field call FSU Law home, and we have the opportunity to learn from them. The faculty are more than intelligent; they are interactive, kind, and helpful. They care about you not only as a student, but also as an individual. They truly want to see you succeed, and that kind of support is rare in most law schools. Also, the Career Services Office. This team works tirelessly to ensure that we are employed during the summers and after graduation, and that we have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers and prominent legal minds. They are extremely helpful during one-on-one advising appointments and truly want to see students accomplish their goals and land their dream job.

How have you interacted with our alumni network?
The resources that FSU Law offers to connect current students with alumni across the country are extremely helpful. Through the career mentor database, I was able to find attorneys that practice in Alabama, where I plan to return after graduation. I have connected with them, both to seek advice and to cultivate relationships that will hopefully result in employment opportunities.

What has been the best experience you have had at the College of Law thus far?
Socially, Woodser. It was so fun to get together with a bunch of friends, enjoy a bonfire, and roast some marshmallows. It’s important to pull your nose out of a book from time to time and remember to have fun in law school!  Academically, the relationships I have formed with my professors. They are a crucial resource in an environment that can often be stressful. 

What has been your most challenging experience in law school thus far?
Learning to manage my time efficiently and allowing myself grace in this extreme learning curve. It is so easy to be hard on yourself, especially when grades start coming out and class ranks are posted. However, it is also important to remind yourself that your value and worth as a future attorney is not derived from your grades, but rather from your work ethic and commitment to justice.