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Get to Know ... Flossie Neale, 2L

Florence (Flossie) Neale always knew that Law was the profession she wanted to pursue. In the final year of her undergraduate degree, Flossie took on classes and job shadow opportunities which helped her decide to attend law school. She was surprised that the most challenging aspects of this decision have also become the most rewarding.

“My favorite memory from law school was my first cold call, which was in Property. I was incredibly nervous for it, but actually doing it made me realize that it wasn't as scary as I thought. Getting over that hurdle really helped me feel better about law school as a whole.”

Flossie attributes her success in law school to the collaborative atmosphere of Iowa Law and her ability to keep everything in perspective. She feels that the community of her fellow peers and professors have helped her tackle the immense responsibilities of her academic and professional goals.

“The most challenging part of law school for me is staying on top of all the work during the especially busy parts of the semester. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by everything you need to get done if you haven't taken the time to plan out your work schedule. It helps to make a plan and keep everything in perspective.”

Flossie has now completed her first year and is spending her summer at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Boston Regional Office. She hopes to be working at a big firm in white collar criminal defense on completing her degree, and would ultimately like to work at a nonprofit such as the Innocence Project or the ACLU.

“It's very easy to get overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed, but at the end of the day what really matters is trying your best. I've found that as long as I keep that in my head, it helps stop me from feeling too stressed, and can actually help me enjoy law school.”