LAW STUDENT PROFILE
Katharine “Kate” Lenzser, 27, from Lake Oswego, Oregon, will earn her degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012. She also will earn a certificate in Public Interest/Public Service.
Lenzser is very passionate about Oregon Law. She wanted an affordable law school that seemed to have a close, supportive community of students and faculty. Her experience exceeded her expectations.
“My favorite law school memory was during my first year, in my legal research and writing class. We had to do a research assignment that required us to go into the stacks and pull statute books. I remember finding the book I needed, and seeing a little post-it flag. I didn’t think much of it, and went to the index, found the page I needed, and flipped to it, only to realize the post-it was flagging the page for the assignment! It was a simple act, but to me it highlighted how wonderful the community at Oregon is: students want to do well, but not at the expense of others.”
Aside from working with her supportive colleagues in class, Lenzser involved herself in extracurricular activities as well. She had the opportunity to attend Lavender Law two times, the national LGBTQ legal conference. She said it was the most professional conference she had ever attended.
“The topics were always pertinent and important, and I have never encountered professionals more passionate about the work that they do. I felt like each time I came back to school more inspired and motivated.”
She also participated in Public Interest/Public Service Programs, OUTLAWs (the LGBTQ student organization), and the Student Bar Association as a third-year representative. During Lenzser’s second-year summer, she worked as a certified law student at the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office. She was assigned to the misdemeanor unit, placed on a docket, and responsible for her own caseload.
“It was a huge learning curve, but I learned so much and it was also incredible to apply what I had learned in class in a very real way.”
Earning a degree from the University of Oregon School of Law is a great achievement. The law school is part of one of the nation’s leading research universities and, based on reputation, is the top ranked school in the state of Oregon, and the second in the Pacific Northwest. The law school also has four nationally top- ranked specialty programs in which students learn and prosper from the highly qualified faculty that work within them. Oregon Law lets students thrive in its close-knit community and encourages students to make the school their second home.
Lenzser knows her Oregon Law degree is important because she believes the Oregon bar is a very tight and connected group of people.
“I feel that having gone to school at Oregon has already given me insight into the legal community I hope to join, and a foot in the door.”
Lenzser tried eight cases while at Oregon Law, five with a jury and three at the bench. She plans to continue this work as a prosecutor after graduation and thanks her mom and dad for their ongoing support.