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Kyle Smith will earn his degree from University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012, with an area of focus in Environmental Law. Smith is 28 years old from Mendocino, California.

Smith remembers choosing Oregon Law for the school’s collegial environment and the strength of the Environmental Law program. However, he loves the outdoors too, and took into consideration the location of the school being on a great trout stream.

“My favorite memory during my time in Oregon is floating the Deschutes River at the beginning of my second year, camping with good friends, and admiring all the bugs hatching along the water. Another one of my proudest accomplishments here is catching a winter steelhead on the Umpqua River.”

Between his outdoor excursions, Smith was very active in extracurricular work. He worked as: Green Business Initiative President; First Year Connections Coordinator; Dean’s Student Advisory Committee; Career Services Dean Search Committee; Graduate Teaching Fellow at Services for Student Athletes; ThunBaR Master; and as an employee at the Caddis Fly Angling Shop.

“But my most rewarding experience while earning my degree was leading a team of college-age students on a trip across the U.S. to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. I fell in love with nonprofit work, fundraising, and spreading awareness for issues I care deeply about.”

Smith now plans to use his degree to pursue a career in nonprofit management, conserving the invaluable rivers and streams of the Northwest.

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.

“My time at Oregon Law allowed me to make invaluable connections throughout the state and provided time and freedom to explore careers I didn’t know much about.”

Smith is excited that his education has provided him with a broad skill set that he can use in any career he chooses to pursue.

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