Nick Cherry '21
Hometown: DuBois, PA
Legal Areas of Interest:
Business Law, In-House Counsel
University of Pittsburgh
Campus and Community Involvement:
I was a member of Dickinson Law’s softball team at the University of Virginia Law softball tournament. This year, I plan to join the Business Law Society as well as the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
A Dickinson Law Favorite:
As cliché as it sounds, I really enjoy the whole community. The entire faculty and student body are more than willing to help you grow as a lawyer and as a person. Additionally, the alumni are very involved and always willing to help current Dickinson Law students. Obviously, I have no experience at other law schools, but the way Dickinson Law operates seems unique in the best way. The sense of community within Dickinson Law is one that is not only stressed in words, but also in practice.
Why Dickinson Law?:
Dickinson Law checked just about every box on my list for law school. As I was researching and applying to law schools, several of the Dickinson Law Alumni I knew spoke highly of their alma mater, including Carlisle as a whole. After hearing these unfiltered yet glowing opinions of the Law School, which were overwhelmingly positive, I was sold.
I was lucky enough to have a summer internship with Neiswender & Kubista, a law firm in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. I was also able to observe several proceedings at the Clearfield County Courthouse. While not necessarily the type of law that I wish to practice in the future, the experiences certainly benefited my professional growth. I learned how to write briefs and petitions as well as how to conduct myself in a court setting, which are skills that will certainly translate to any field of law.
While I enjoyed all of my classes during my first year (Contracts and Torts stand out), my favorite class was definitely Problem Solving. Being able to do actual hands-on legal work during the first year of law school is an experience I did not expect to have. I enjoyed getting the opportunity to conduct depositions and negotiations, and work at expungement clinics. That class allowed me to be more comfortable when starting my summer internship, as I had at least some experience doing most of what was asked of me.
Advice for Prospective Law Students:
Trust your gut. You are going to have any number of people giving you their two cents about where you should go, which classes you should take, and everything in-between. Yes, advice can be very helpful, but there is a difference between advice and orders. You have to make decisions that feel right for you, otherwise it won’t work out. Do what feels right, and everything will be fine.
Something You Love About Carlisle:
My favorite thing about Carlisle is the people. I have never experienced a community as friendly as the one in Carlisle, whether as a resident or as a guest. Walking to and from school, it is common to have several people smile, wave, and ask how you are. That incredible kindness is unique to Carlisle.
On Choosing a Law School:
I wish I would have known that it takes some time to get acclimated to the work of law school, and that’s completely normal.
You'd Never Guess That... :
I used to work at Walt Disney World.