🤘STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Bola Ibidapo ’23

For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L Bola Ibidapo, Student Bar Representative and member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society!

Portrait of Bola, wearing a white shirt and jacketQ: What sort of things are you engaged in at law school?

I am currently involved in the Texas Student Bar Association as an elected 1L Representative. I am also a member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. With SBA, I love that I get to help make decisions that are geared towards creating a better experience for my peers. The organization has a sincere desire and motivation to hear the concerns of all Texas Law students and bring those concerns, along with solutions, in front of Student Affairs and Dean’s Farnsworth. With TMLS, it is amazing to have a community of fellow black law students. During times that may seem isolating as a black, woman while navigating this law school life, it is great to know that there is support and that Texas Law also supports us. My positions as a SBA 1L representative and member of TMLS have only assured me that I made the right choice in attending Texas Law. When I was deciding where I would attend, I knew that the people would be the deciding factor. My peers in both organizations have been nothing but overly supportive and kind. Even with a packed school schedule, I leave each meeting energized. It has only enriched my experience at Texas Law thus far.

Q: What’s the most interesting class you’ve taken at the law school?

As cheesy as this may sound, every class is interesting in its own way … a huge part of the reasoning is the multiple personality of my professors. Sometimes I feel as though I am in a TV show because each professor is so unique. I will say that it has blown my mind how much history there is behind property law. It makes you really examine this country differently.

Q: What made you choose Texas Law?

I believe my legacy is to be built in Texas. I was born and raised in Texas. I founded both of my nonprofits in Texas. I’ve done a lot of community impact in Texas. Even though I thought I would end up on the east coast, my heart made it clear that things were still to be done here. And what better way to continue that work than by attending the best law school in Texas (even though my Oklahoma Sooner roots felt conflicted at first).