If she had not studied journalism, Emily Amick ’11 might never have found herself on the path to practicing law. Amick was drawn to the legal profession largely based on the idea of becoming more involved in the communities she covered as a journalist.
If she had not studied journalism, Emily Amick ’11 might never have found herself on the path to practicing law. Amick was drawn to the legal profession largely based on the idea of becoming more involved in the communities she covered as a journalist. She spent her undergraduate years working in media—writing articles for Campus Progress, in addition to interning at ABC News and The Nation. The summer after receiving her undergraduate degree, Amick earned a MacFarquahar Journalism Fellowship that sponsored her travels to Namibia, where she investigated human rights violations and contributed to Sister Namibia magazine.
In 2008, Amick began pursuing a master’s degree in journalism but found herself seeking to be “a more active participant” in effecting change, she says. As a result, Amick decided to attend Columbia Law School. “It was a place where I could make a difference and be intellectually challenged,” she says.
One of her first steps at the Law School was to join the Columbia Society of International Law. Amick also helped coordinate the Wolfgang Friedmann Conference in International Law, an annual event honoring the professor who founded the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. She signed on as a volunteer for New York’s Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and, last year, Amick completed summer associate programs at the Queens District Attorney’s office and the United States Department of State. At the State Department, she served in the Office of Global Women’s Issues and went about adding more substantive and procedural expertise to an already impressive skill set.
After graduation, Amick will begin a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship (funded by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Morgan Stanley) at Sanctuary for Families, a provider of services to domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. “Columbia gave me the opportunity to find my place in the world of public interest law,” she says.