Whether contributing essays to the blog run by the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law or cheering on the Law School’s basketball team at the annual Deans’ Cup game, Kristine Saul ’11 is a shining example of school pride.
“I think it’s really important to be plugged in to where you go to school,” she says.
For the West Orange, N.J., native, the opportunity to connect with the Columbia Law School community also meant getting a head start on a career in corporate law. “Columbia is a place where relationships with that industry are already built,” she notes. Saul, whose parents are from Guyana, recently worked as a summer associate in the Hartford, Conn., office of Day Pitney, where she will return to serve as an associate this fall.
After spending just a few moments chatting with the über-involved Saul, one thing becomes crystal clear: The busy life of a firm lawyer is unlikely to faze her. “I function better when I have a lot on my plate,” says Saul, who served on the National Black Law Students Association’s Northeast regional board as the Frederick Douglass Moot Court director this past year. As the chair of the Law School’s chapter of the organization, she traveled to events in Syracuse, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and Boston in order to strengthen ties to the national association.
“School is more than just books for me,” Saul says of her time at the Law School. “It’s about extracurricular activities, the people, and the contacts you make along the way.”