Get to know… Garrick Ehlers, 3L

Garrick Ehlers, 3L
Bettendorf, Iowa

For Garrick Ehlers, the decision to attend law school stems from the admiration he holds for his father, who graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1977.

“Following in his footsteps has always been in the back of my mind,” says Ehlers. “Looking back, law school allows me to connect to my father on a deeper level, because lawyers act in a particular fashion.”

Now a third-year student at Iowa Law, Ehlers has served on the Iowa Student Bar Association (as both treasurer and social chair). He is also the managing editor of the Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems journal for Volume 27 (2017-2018 school year), was a student writer for the journal’s previous volume, and participated in Moot Court, where he had the opportunity to write legal briefs and argue in front of a panel of judges. He has also volunteered for Iowa Law Alumni Relations and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, and he worked as a research assistant for Iowa Law Professor Andy Grewal last spring.

Ehlers has also interned for Modern Woodmen of America, where he worked on legal research, drafted small estate affidavits, and completed a few long-term legal projects. Last summer, he worked for a small private equity firm in New York, where he had the opportunity to work on contract review, some research, and compliance matters. Ehlers continues to work for the firm during the school year, and, when he passes the New York Bar, will be assistant general counsel for that firm.

Before accepting the job offer, Ehlers was interested in specializing in tax law. “I have always wanted to be a Corporate lawyer, and I have a corporate background. While at Iowa, I fell in love with the entire idea and practice of tax law,” says Ehlers. “While occasionally a little more methodical than other types of law, tax law feels like a large, fun puzzle.”

In the meantime, Ehlers says he has enjoyed getting to know his classmates and making the most of the resources available to him at the law school.

“Everyone here seems to care about one another, even though it’s competitive. The administrative and support staff are also amazing. This brings me to the professors. Every single one that I have had the pleasure of studying under has gone above and beyond to ensure my success,” says Ehlers. “Iowa is more than a law school: it is a community alongside the larger and just as vibrant university, city, and state communities.”

Garrick Ehlers