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Florida State University


Student Ambassadors

Kristen Schalter

Kristen Schalter

3rd Year
Undergrad: Grand Valley State University
Hometown: Adrian, MI
Area of Interest: Business Law, Environmental Law

What advice would you offer to a new incoming 1L law student?
Ask a 2L or 3L for professor recommendations, outlines and where classrooms are prior to your first day - the room numbers can be really confusing if you have never been on campus before!

Why did you choose the College of Law?
I chose to transfer to the FSU College of Law because I wanted to practice in Florida. Transferring to FSU Law has been the best decision I could have made - my opportunities for working with the courts, agencies and the OCI process for private firm work has made a huge difference in the trajectory of my law career.

What makes our alumni network special?
Once a Nole, always a Nole. I can travel anywhere while wearing my FSU Law gear and it always gets a reaction, often starting conversation. Alumni have already been helpful regarding placement for jobs, but even having that bond with strangers watching sports games is a plus - a Nole has instant friends wherever they go (except Gainesville).

Why do you want to be an attorney?
I used to be a teacher and enjoy helping people solve problems.

What has been your favorite course or who has been your favorite professor since starting your legal education?
Dave Markell has been my favorite professor and I have taken four of his classes. He is patient and kind, and takes the time to explain complicated statutes in a manner that is accessible and useful.

Which College of Law student organization stands out to you and why?

The Transfer Student Organizations stands out because the existing members have consistently checked in on me and have made an effort to plan events, include new students and reach out to see how they can help. In the same way, the Student Body Association here does a great job of communicating with new students, planning fun events and promoting FSU Law. 

What is your favorite Tallahassee recommendation?
Lucky Goat cold brew coffee will change your life and keep you awake for hours, which is definitely a necessity as a law student.