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Carolina Lopez dedicated her time to activities and externships; due to scholarship support

Carolina Lopez, J.D. Candidate ’19
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Carolina Lopez, a J.D. candidate graduating this week from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, knows the importance of taking advantage of her time while at ASU Law. As a student, Lopez was able to focus on her studies without worrying about student loan debt. This is due in large part to receiving financial support from several scholarships each year she has attended. Lopez was the recipient of the Judge Mary Anne Richey Scholarship (established by the Arizona Woman Lawyers Association), the Kevin Kane Memorial Book Scholarship (sponsored by the ASU Law Alumni Association), and the Rebecca and Michael Berch Scholarship, which was generously provided by the Berch Family.

“It is because of their support that I was able to attend ASU Law,” stated Lopez. “It’s incredible that they and many others are part of supporting this ambitious law school and it’s unique students.”

By receiving these scholarships, Lopez was able to dedicate more hours to extracurricular activities and externships. Specifically, she coached high school students in moot court, externed with several judges and with the ACLU, and served in leadership roles with the Women Law Students' Association and as president of the Chicano Latino Law Students Association.

Lopez is a also first-generation graduate and finds her motivation to be her best through her family.

“Neither of my parents graduated from college so they're very proud that I went on to law school. I want to continue making them proud by being the best lawyer I can and taking on leadership roles in our community,” she said.

She is also inspired by her friends, mentors, and peers she has met through her ASU Law experience and through the local Latino bar Association.

“I love seeing all the volunteer projects, externships, and clinic work that my friends and peers are doing. Seeing all their great work pushes me to support their causes and get involved,” she said. After graduation she plans to take the Arizona bar and will then embark on a new adventure with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s Phoenix office as an associate. Congratulations Carolina!