Heard on the Bricks: Law Students Reflect on the Academic Year


Brett Harris, Carrie Henry and Dan Narciso

Jhanile Smith, 3L

Alejandra Chinea, 1L

Molly Segal, 1L

It is early, especially on a Friday, to see so many people on the Bass Bricks. Law students are walled in at the tables by coffee cups, massive tomes of books, laptops, and backpacks, taking advantage of the beautiful weather to grab a few more minutes of study before their last exams. I reach out to a few students and ask them,

“What was the best thing you did or experienced at Miami Law during the past year?”

"Best thing? Winning the moot competition in New York, arguing in front of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, and having dinner with him afterward," says 3L Jhanile Smith, 25, who was born in St. Andrews, Jamaica. "Runner up would be the moot competition I won in the fall at Emory in the Civil Rights competition. Also, I had an excellent time at the Barristers Ball. All my friends from all three years got an opportunity to be together in one night. That was incredible.”

Smith received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and will be moving to Wilmington, Delaware to study for the Florida Bar, then to clerk for Judge Mary Walrath in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

"The professors were really interested in their own material, which is good," Dan Narciso, 23, of Miami, Florida says. "I very much liked Professor Hill; she is really good." 1L Narisco is also a graduate of the University of Miami and will be interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office this summer.

"I made a lot of cool friends," Carrie Henry, 23, of Birmingham, Alabama says. "Constitutional law has been cool. And Professor Hill is cool." The 1L, who received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College, will be clerking for a judge in Birmingham.

"The best thing about this year has been meeting a lot of different types of people, and I really like Miami," Brett Harris, 23, of Maryland says. "All of the faculty are very helpful, always willing to help."  Harris, a 1L, is interested in sports law and will be working at a small firm in Maryland this summer.  He’s a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

"I had the chance to take immigration law," Alejandra Chinea, 22, of San Juan, Puerto Rico says. "That's what I want to practice." Chinea, also a 1L, will be spending the summer as a HOPE Fellow at Catholic Charities Legal Services in New York. 

"The best thing about this year has been meeting all my wonderful teachers and learning from them," Molly Segal, 24, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania says. "And the weather is beautiful." She will be working as a summer intern at the State Attorney’s Office.

Over the next few days, the Bass Bricks will grow quiet, until mid-August, when the cycle starts anew.