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Get to Know … Folashade Amole, 3L

Folashade Amole, 3L
Lagos, Nigeria

Attending law school in one country is impressive enough. Folashade Amole can say she’s attended law school in two.

Amole’s education in law began in Nigeria, where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree at Olabisi Onabanjo University and attended the Nigerian Law School where she was called to the Nigerian bar. She continued her education when she moved to the United States to attend the University of Iowa College of Law. It was in Nigeria where Amole’s interest in law first began. She says she was influenced by the human rights issues in her home country in the late Nineties.

“I was fascinated by the works and writings of the late Gani Fawehinmi, one of the great human rights advocates in Nigeria,” she says.

At Iowa, Amole says she has enjoyed the support of all of her professors, whom she says have all made an impact on her life. They’ve taught her the importance of using your best “lawyering voice” and having confidence when you speak.

“The professors are always willing to help to help at every point in time,” Amole says. “It’s like they never have bad or off days.

Amole also credits career services in helping her throughout her studies at Iowa.

“The career services office worked with me on sharpening my skills and discovering those I didn’t know I had,” she says. “They are always willing to give counsel and I would advise every student to go to them for mock interviews. You can never go wrong.”

During her time at Iowa, Amole has volunteered at the Cedar Rapids clinic of Iowa Justice for our Neighbors and the Cedar Rapids Public Defender’s Office. She is also the International Student Representative on the Iowa State Bar Association board. This summer she was a law intern with State Farm.

After graduation, Amole said she plans to practice general transactional law with the goal of becoming a business leader.

 

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