Molly Carmody (’18), a recent graduate of Illinois Law, has long been drawn to public interest work. This enthusiasm for helping others was fueled by her undergraduate experience at Loyola University, where she studied Psychology and counseling and discovered a desire to work with children and families.
Illinois Law’s strong program, its reputation in Chicago, and its alumni connections factored into her decision to attend Illinois Law and she was drawn to the area of family law in particular. “Family law provides the best of both worlds in that I not only get to learn about almost every type of law, but I also get to help people during the most difficult times of their lives,” she explains.
Through Illinois Law’s On Campus Interviews, Carmody was able to earn a summer position at Berger Shatz after her second year. She enjoyed the opportunity, as Berger gave her hands on experience in court, in mediation, at both of its offices, and in various types of cases. During her time at Illinois Law, Carmody was also involved in the variety of clinics available to students. Her favorite was the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic where, utilizing the Violence Against Women Act, she was able to assist immigrants in processing orders of protection and in securing Visas.
Carmody will be working for the next six months for the Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) through a fellowship sponsored by the College of Law. Through a PILI grant, Carmody spent her 1L summer at LAF focusing on Family Law. She is unsure whether she wants to pursue private firms or stay with public interest after her time at LAF, but she is excited to pursue emerging areas in family law. “Family law is developing,” she says, “and there are so many budding areas including LGBTQ rights, disabilities and genetic implantation, gestational surrogacy, and international law, and I hope to be able to pursue one of these paths.”
- Marie Johnson