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Student Ambassadors

Morgan Lauten

Morgan Lauten

2nd Year
Undergrad: Birmingham-Southern College
Hometown: Goleta, CA
Area of Interest: Trial Advocacy

What advice would you offer to a new incoming 1L law student?
Trust yourself. Law school will be tough no matter who you are. It will be a new experience, but the same discipline needed to study for the LSAT and to be successful in college will reward you here. Law school is a marathon, not a sprint; so make sure you treat it as one. Learning successful time management will be invaluable to you as a student. While all-nighters might have been sustainable in undergrad, chances are you will need to formulate new study habits for the College of Law. Additionally, as simple as it sounds, make sure to eat right and that you are getting enough sleep. Finally, find what works best for you. Some of my friends run everyday, others wake up at five a.m. to do their readings before their eleven a.m. class. Others will never work on Sunday and use it as a day of rest. Make a plan based on what you know about yourself and stick to it.

What do you feel is unique about being a student at the College of Law?
First, the shared camaraderie and congeniality between the law students. While school is always competitive, it feels like we as students are all on the same team and are all helping each other out. Also, the location of the school in the capital allows for many advantages such as watching the legislature in session. The courthouse is just a short walk up the street. Furthermore, the Advocacy Center is a fantastic place to practice for mock trail and is a facility that few schools are fortunate enough to have.

What makes our alumni network special?
Our alumni never forget where they come from. I have been at alumni events and felt right at home commiserating about a difficult class or hearing their advice for the first year. We are also one of the top ten schools in alumni donations.

What has been your favorite course or who has been your favorite professor since starting your legal education?
My favorite professor would be Professor Ziegler, who teaches Torts. Class was engaging with hypotheticals ripped from the headlines and her propensity to cold call kept us on the edge of our seats. She also released previous exams as finals began to approach and let us email her practice answers. She would critique our answers and help us, all the way up to a day before the exam. Also, like every professor I have had, she would stay long after class had ended to answer questions or just to talk with students. 

What is your favorite Tallahassee recommendation?

It depends what you are in the mood for. Tennessee is a great street to get food between classes. Which Wich and Bento, along with Chick-Fil-A and Newks are all great spots to grab a bite in a rush. Places like Voodoo Dog round out good restaurants around campus. For a sit down lunch, Table 23 is nice without being unaffordable, and for game day I would recommend the Ale House or Buffalo Wild Wings. Tallahassee is a city with just about everything and it is very easy to find something for every occasion. 

Additional Comments
I grew up in California and went to undergrad in Alabama, so I know what it is like to come to the College of Law from a different state. I arrived in Florida the night before the One Week Orientation program started and I didn't know a single person. It is a testament to the quality of the student body and the caliber of FSU that I now feel at home here in Tallahassee.