Deona DeClue ‘13

Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology, Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Previous Experience:  
M.S., Economics
Client Representative for IBM

Law School Highlights: 
Winner, 1L Client Counseling Competition 
Winner, 1L Negotiation Competition
Recipient, Oral Advocacy Award
President, Real Estate & Economic Development Law Society
Vice President, Public Interest Law Society
Staff Editor, Global Studies Law Review
National Moot Court Team; Regional Negotiation Team

Q: Which Law School experience has had the most meaning for you? 
A: I really enjoyed the 1L competitions.  The classroom experience is very focused on the analysis and fundamentals of law; participating in the negotiation, client counseling and oral advocacy competitions allowed me to develop different skill sets required for practicing law. 

Q: What student organizations are you involved with? 
A: I am a member of the Real Estate and Economic Development Law Society, Public Interest Law Society and the Black Law Students Association.  Each of these organizations has been instrumental in helping me find out more about the fields of law I’m interested in.  They’ve also provided me with a number of leadership opportunities.  I also participate in the Legal Practice Externship which allows me to gain course credit while working in my field of interest at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in St. Louis.  I am also a member of the Global Studies Law Review, which has helped to fine tune and perfect my writing.

Q: What is your impression of the faculty and administrators at the school?
A: Saying that the professors and administrators at Washington University have an open door policy would be an understatement.  Each professor and administrator I’ve come across not only makes him/herself available for students, but also encourages students to utilize them as a resource.  Many professors even build in time for individual conferences with each student in their course to review their writing or practice exams.  Many of the professors have had careers before coming into academia, and so they have a wealth of knowledge about careers in law and practical lawyering advice.