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Get to know... Maliya Rattliffe, 3L

Maliya G. Rattliffe, 3L

Cedar Rapids, IA


Maliya Rattliffe says that her favorite part of law school has been the friends she has made along the way. She wasn't always certain about what to expect, and was surprised to learn that "there would be so many people who are so enthusiastic about being here." Rattliffe is a 3L at the College of Law and has spent her time taking advantage of the many opportunities the college has to offer. 

Her work has included participating in the General Civil Clinic and she also acts as a Student Ambassador. When Rattliffe isn't focused on school, she enjoys Netflix, shopping, and spending time with her friends. 

"I know that these will be the people who will be in my wedding some day and I am incredibly thankful for these connections," Rattliffe says. 

Rattliffe knew that she wanted to attend law school even before she had graduated from high school. After she completed her undergraduate degree, she went straight into law school the following year.

"After I had the opportunity to do a job shadow with a lawyer, I was telling people that I wanted to go to law school and then I was put in contact with my mentor who is a judge and he solidified my interest in going to law school."

The best advice she received about attending law school was to take advantage of the professors' knowledge. "Do not be afraid to ask questions because professors are experts in their subject area and they are there to help you," Rattliffe says. 

Rattliffe is a summer associate for Fox Rothschild's in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After she graduates, Rattliffe hopes to be in a position that allows her "to help make an impact in the lives of others." While she is ready to enter the next chapter of her career, Rattliffe feels that the end of her law school years is bittersweet. 

"I wish that someone had reminded me my first year law school does not last forever. The stress will not always be there, but neither will the opportunities. It is important to take advantage of every situation that you are in."