UM NEWS SERVICE
The route to law school is more often a winding road than superhighway — with the occasional pothole along the way.
For University of Montana law student Alyssa Campbell, becoming a lawyer started with an overheated car on a back road near Canyon Ferry. The mechanic she called for help drive the car in this broken state and blew the engine. This led to another bumpy road: small claims court.
Despite her lack of legal training, Campbell meticulously researched case law and presented a compelling argument. Impressed, the judge assumed she was a law student.
“I said no, and he said, ‘Well, you should be,’ and that moment changed everything,” said Campbell, who bounced from wildlife biology to pre-pharmacy as an undergrad. “I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life.”
Campbell was a junior when she was inspired by this courtroom encounter, putting her on the road to UM’s pre-law program. The hands-on attention given to students in the program has led to an impressive placement rate, with 91% of its students successfully entering law schools, surpassing the national average of 69%. Many enroll in UM’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law, while some enroll in