“Law school is a great jumping off point for any path one might want to pursue,” says Kate Raynor, ’22. “I always tell people, ‘you can get where you want to go from BYU Law.’” Prior to law school, Raynor interned with Human Rights Without Frontiers International, a nonprofit in Brussels, Belgium, that seeks to shape European and international policy in ways that protect human rights globally. She was also a researcher and speech writer for the first all-female office of the Scottish Parliament.
After graduation Raynor will move to Chicago, Illinois, to join the transactional group at Baker McKenzie, a global law firm known for its cross-border work and tax practice. “I look forward to joining Baker McKenzie because of their international presence,” says Raynor. “I would love to spend time in one of their foreign offices.” While at BYU Law, Raynor enjoyed working as a teaching assistant for the first-year Civil Procedure and Legal Research and Writing courses. In that role she encouraged 1L’s to be thoughtful about their professional goals. “I think taking time to figure out what you love early on in law school is important so that you avoid going down a career path that you’re not passionate about,” she says.
Looking back on her own law school experience, one of the things Raynor is most grateful for is her 1L summer internship with Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant of the Utah Supreme Court. “I was able to grapple with the law in a very nuanced way and put all of my research skills to practice. It’s easy to forget how beautiful the law is and the security that the law provides in different spheres. It was very eye-opening for me.”