3L Caroline McGee: From Central America to Miami Law

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Caroline McGee, 3L, comes from a family of lawyers but it wasn’t until McGee worked with the underserved in Central America that she was inspired to go to law school.

McGee received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from George Washington University and her M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University.  After getting her masters McGee worked with non-profits in Guatamela and Nicaragua that implemented educational programs and support to low income families by providing aid in education, healthcare, and housing.

In Nicaragua she managed site operations for an NGO, implementing health care initiatives in rural communities.  It was there that McGee realized she wanted to do more and found that having a law degree could help give her the platform to help more people.

McGee applied to Miami Law “because Miami is a hub for everything Latin America. I thought it would be interesting to go to a school in such a diverse and international community.”  The Miami Scholars Public Interest Program also played a big part in her decision to come to UM.

While at UM, McGee has served as a research assistant to Professor Alyssa Dragnich, a member of the University of Miami Law Review, and a Fellow with the Immigration Clinic. McGee has described the immigration clinic as one of her best experiences at UM that has given her great exposure to hands on, practical experience.

After her 2L year McGee accepted an internship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in Phoenix, Arizona. McGee says she was able to accept the position because of a grant given to her by the HOPE Fellows Program.

“After taking Employment discrimination with Professor Donald Papy, I became interested in Employment law and that is what motivated me to take the opportunity at the EEOC Phoenix District Office.”

McGee has also received the Florida Bar Outstanding Labor and Employment Law Student in 2014–2015. After law school McGee hopes to work in Employment Law or Immigration Law.