The Part-Time Student

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Michael Bowen

Michael Bowen

Year in Law School: 2LE

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Undergraduate School: Miami University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science

In Michael’s Words:

About Michael:

  • Works full time as executive assistant to the Mayor of the City of Lakewood
  • President or the American Constitutional Society
  • Sub-Regional Director of the Midwest Black Law Student Association and recording secretary for the Black Law Student Association
  • Columnist in The Gavel
How did you decide that law school – and Cleveland-Marshall – was right for you?

Cleveland-Marshall provided me the unique opportunity to stay involved in public policy work and attain my law degree. My ultimate goal is to practice law with a part of my practice being in public law. My future career plans entail using my background in legislation and advocacy to advance public sector client’s interests.

What do you like most about the experience at Cleveland-Marshall?

The hands-on opportunity to meet and work with alumni is second to none. The connection to the legal community is one of the major factors in coming to Cleveland-Marshall.

What are the challenges of going to school part time and working full time?

The hardest part of being a part-time student is being able to spend all my energy on one thing. I spend most of my time juggling between projects for work and trying to get my school work done. I have to be very strategic with my time to fit everything in and have very strict schedule I try to follow to ensure everything gets done.

What recommendations would you make to someone who is working full time and interested in law school as a part-time student?

I would recommend to not let a full-time job hinder your involvement in law school. There are creative ways to get involved as I have done.

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