Max Forer, 24, of Santa Monica, California, will be joining the Oregon Law community in August. As a former member of the University of Oregon football team, you could say Forer is pretty familiar with the UO campus and Eugene, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t seriously weigh his options when deciding to attend law school.
“After spending five years as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, I thought that a law school in a bigger city, such as Los Angeles or San Francisco, would be what I was looking for,” he remarked. “But when push came to shove, I felt so at home with Oregon that there really was no other choice to make. I feel privileged and lucky to be an incoming law student and a Double Duck.”
This Double Duck, who recently worked for a gold mining company in Alaska, earned his undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in business administration in June 2011.
Below is a Q&A with Forer on why he chose Oregon Law and what he’s looking forward to as he enters law school:
Q: Why did you decide to apply to law school?
A: I wanted to be an attorney my entire life. When I was a child my dad, who is a lawyer, took me to his office. I looked around his office and I said, “Daddy, you have a lot of books.” My dad said, “That’s because I’m a lawyer.”
I told him that I was a lawyer too and he asked me, “How come?” I told him because I have a lot of books too.
But seriously, ever since I was five or so, I remember my mom (who also is a lawyer) and my dad getting ready to go to court. It was great growing up with two lawyers as parents because they always talked to me like I was their equal. They never talked down to me and that made me feel special. As I got older I started to understand that being an attorney was a lot of work. But even though it was a lot of work, there were always new and interesting things to talk about at the dinner table. I knew I was going to law school when I was 5.
Q: Did you consider other degree or employment options before ultimately deciding on law school?
A: Sure. I considered other opportunities but law school was my first choice. Fortunately for me, I was able to achieve my first choice.
Q: In what area of law are you most interested?
A: I am keeping an open mind until after my first year. However, because of Oregon’s awesome reputation, I am very interested in Environment and Natural Resource law.
Last summer, I spent time working for the Fairbanks Gold Company in Fairbanks, Alaska, operating heavy machinery and doing some gold mining. This gave me the opportunity to enjoy nature and it would be exciting to find out how the legal side of it works. In addition to Environmental Law, I am interested in Contracts and Sports Law. I now have a lot of friends playing in the NFL. I look at some of the agents and think, “I can do that.” Maybe I can.
Q: Do you know what career path you want to take once you’ve completed law school?
A: No. At this point, I am keeping an open mind with respect to the possibilities of practicing law.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about living in Eugene?
A: After five years as a collegiate athlete, I am ready to enjoy simply being a law student in Eugene. I expect on Saturdays to catch a game at Autzen Stadium.
Q: Are you looking forward to interacting with the legal community in Eugene?
A: Absolutely. I have been around lawyers my entire life. The difference is that they all were from Los Angeles. I look forward to working with the legal community in Eugene to see if the experience is any different.
Q: What are some of your personal hobbies/interests?
A: As if you hadn’t guessed, I am a big sports fan. With my free time, I am either playing or watching sports. I also am very active and competitive and enjoy all types of physical activity. I can’t wait to join an intramural team. Hopefully they will take me. Besides my love for athletics, one of my childhood hobbies is collecting sports cards and memorabilia. It is like holding a piece of history.
Q: The most memorable place you have visited is…
A: The Rose Bowl on January 1. Being from Southern California, the Rose Bowl is the Mecca of college football. There is nothing like the roar of a crowd of 100,000 people.
Q: Who is an influential person in your life or a role model you most look up to?
A: My father, Jeffrey Forer, is the most influential person in my life. He played football as an offensive lineman in college and in Canada, and has been practicing law for 30 years in the areas of taxation, probate and trust litigation. He has guided me every step of the way both during my football career and the law school admissions process. He has handed me his blueprint for success and has helped me throughout my life. I would not be the man I am today without his guidance.