Alumna Profile: Casey McGowan '12

prelaw  Casey McGowan graduated from Marist in 2012 with a major in Psychology.
  She went on to attend Fordham University Law School, where she served as
  Associate Editor for the Fordham Law Review, as President of Habitat for
  Humanity, and as Managing Editor for the Fordham Moot Court Board. Upon
  her graduation, she received the Fordham Legal Writing Award and the
  Eugene J. Keefe Award, which recognizes the student with the most outstanding
  service to the Fordham Law School community.

  Q: What kind of work do you do now?
I work as a prosecutor for the New York City Law Department in the Family
  Court Division.

  Q: Which aspects of your Marist experience in general have proven most
  helpful in your professional life?
Marist puts an emphasis on experiential, hands-on learning which was invaluable
  to my personal and professional development. By gaining real world experience while
  I was in college, I was able to figure out what I actually wanted to do in my future
career. Not only did it help me realize what type of work I did and did not enjoy, but it helped me hone a number of important
skills, like time management, organization, and developing interpersonal relationships.

Q: Have any aspects of the Pre-Law Program particularly helpful in your experiences as a law school student
and an attorney?
Having a group of professors who had been through the process of applying to and attending law school was incredibly
helpful. Each of them brought a different perspective to the table and it was great to have their guidance when I went through
the process myself. I think the Pre-Law courses themselves really provide insight into what law school is like, in that the
material we covered at Marist provided a very solid foundation for what I learned in my first year of law school.

Q: What advice would you give to students just starting out on their college careers?
Don’t feel like you need to have it all figured out right away! I was a psychology major at Marist and didn’t seriously
consider going to law school until halfway through college. When you start taking classes you will learn what you enjoy
doing—or sometimes what you really don’t like at all—but in the end it all works out.