Leslyn Hayes has always dreamed of being a lawyer, and, when she was trying to decide what to pursue after completing her undergraduate degree at Brandies University, the choice was easy.
“I decided on law school because I have always felt most fulfilled when I am being an advocate for others,” says Hayes.
Though she was first exposed to the legal profession when she joined her high school’s mock trial team, Hayes says her experience acting as a lawyer confirmed her childhood interests.
Now a second-year student at Iowa Law, Hayes spent her summer working as an intern for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Securities Litigation Team at State Street Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.
She’s involved with the Equal Justice Foundation, the Journal of Corporation Law and the Black Law Student Association on campus. She also is working as a research assistant for Iowa Law Professor Joe Yockey, and volunteers at Manning Elementary School in Iowa City.
Though she hasn’t settled on whether she wants to work in the public or private sector just yet, Hayes says she knows she wants to do litigation work after she graduates in May 2018.
In the meantime, she says she’s looking forward to taking her time in figuring out the next step, getting more litigation experience, and enjoying her time at Iowa Law.