Lucyanna Burke

Lucyanna Burke

Class of 2016, Latin American Studies
J.D. Candidate, University of Michigan Law School
Lucyanna Burke

Thesis Title: "Sin entregar la lengua": Censorship and the Construction of Narrative in the Caso Padilla

What Now: J.D. Candidate, University of Michigan Law School

The path from Hist & Lit to law felt natural and logical. In Hist & Lit, I learned to research, analyze, write, and defend. As it turned out, those are foundational skills for litigators too. As a sophomore, I complained about my tutorial to anyone who would listen -- I wasn't used to my response papers being returned with more redlining than text. Now I'm grateful for the criticism, since drafting is integral to brief writing. Struggling through my three-hour one-on-one tutorials is worth it now that I can handle a cold call, or a judge.

I did not decide to go to law school immediately out of college. I worked at a civil legal services organization and at the MA Attorney General's Office before deciding that I liked lawyers enough to become one. After 1L, I interned for a federal judge in D.C., where I used the analytical tools I learned in Hist & Lit every day.