🤘Student Spotlight: Celine Laruelle

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For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L Celine Laruelle!

What did you study as an undergraduate and how did that impact you?
I went to Columbia University and studied history and political science. My classes explored the historical evolution of differing conceptions of justice and the political frameworks that developed to realize them. The discussions piqued my interest in learning how to use the law to build a more just society, and that interest led me to law school.

Why did you decide on Texas Law?
I was inspired by the Texas Law community’s dedication to public service. I was particularly eager for the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences providing pro bono services as early as my first semester of law school through the Mithoff Pro Bono Program. Thanks to this program, I’ve had the privilege of working with clients seeking legal services ranging from asylum assistance to gender-affirming name and gender marker changes to criminal record expungement. These experiences have affirmed my commitment to using my legal education to advocate on behalf of people in need. I feel very fortunate to be studying at a law school that supports that commitment.

What was the weirdest UT tradition you had to learn and adapt to?
I’m sure most people would not consider the sports culture here weird, but it was weird to me! I had never paid attention to sports before coming to UT. When I worked at a bar during college, my coworker once made fun of me for asking if there were any “sports games” that we should put on the TV (apparently only someone who has never watched a game would use that terminology). But here, I’ve developed a newfound appreciation for the power of sports to bring people together and build community. I’m still fuzzy on the rules of football, but at least I know to say “Hook ’Em”!

What is your favorite law related movie – and why?
Legally Blonde is a classic! It’s a fun, inspiring story about a woman who is underestimated by her peers but overcomes those expectations with hard work and intelligence. Another great, more recent film is Anatomy of a Fall. It’s dark, but it keeps you hooked the whole time and the ending is really powerful!

What are your plans for this summer?
This summer, I’ll be interning at Legal Services NYC with Director of Immigration Rex Chen. I’ll research new litigation strategies and develop guidance on current trends in a variety of immigration areas, including asylum and protections for victims of domestic violence. I can’t wait to get started!

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