Faulkner Law Student Profile – Britany Smith
Name: Britany Smith
Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama
Undergraduate Institution: Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM)
Year in school: 3L
Q: Why did you choose to study law?
I chose to study law to help people when they are at what seems like the worst times of their life, and to serve the community at large. My dream has always been to make the world a little better than it was before me, and I believe the study of law gives so many opportunities to do that. There are many different avenues you can take in the legal field, from running a nonprofit to being in Congress, the options are endless.
Q: Why did you choose Faulkner Law?
I chose Faulkner because I liked the small setting – not being just a number in the classroom, but my professors actually knowing my name and me as a person. Another reason I chose Faulkner is because it genuinely seems that your professors and Deans care about you. I have great relationships with many of my professors and Deans and feel those relationships will continue long after I graduate from Faulkner Law.
Q: What are you involved in on campus?
I am President of the Women’s Legal Society, and a member of the Alabama Young Lawyers program and Phi Alpha Delta.
Q: What are you involved in around the community?
I am an Alumni of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and a member of Lambda Epsilon Chi, the National Honor Society for Paralegal Studies. I have also overseen the annual Easter Basket Drive benefiting the Family Sunshine Center, organized a team from the Women’s Legal Society to volunteer with the March of Dimes annual Breakfast for Babies, adopted a family in need during Christmas with fellow students, organized a donation drive for breast cancer awareness, as well as a kickball tournament – Kickoff Breast Cancer (Zeta Tau Alpha).
Q: What is your current job?
I currently work at the Elmore County District Attorney’s Office and my favorite thing about my job is being in trials.
Q: Career goals upon law school graduation?
I would like to be an Assistant District Attorney, as well as do Mediations in the surrounding areas.
Q: Hobbies and Interests?
I love softball, and played for 8 years. I also like watching SEC football, going to the beach, and reading.
Q: What advice would you give someone considering law school?
My advice is to be prepared. Law school takes a great deal of concentration, time, and hard work. Be prepared to tell people you can’t hang out or go to every event. While being able to say “no” to things is important, it is just as important to give yourself a break – even if it’s just an hour. I always have dinner at least once a week with my fiancé and talk to my parents every day even if it is just for two minutes. I give myself Friday nights off after 8 p.m., then get up Saturday morning and start again. I also think it’s important to make friends with classmates. I met my best friend during mini prep and we have been inseparable ever since. People that have been through law school understand what you are going through. While some of the hardest times I have faced have been during law school, some of my best memories and best friends have been acquired here as well. There is a lot of sacrifice your first year, but getting your 3L practice card, taking your composites, passing the MPRE, and winning your first trial is a feeling that is exhilarating!