Careers in BigLaw

W&L Law students have found success in a variety of legal careers, from public interest to government to business. Of course, a large portion our graduates each year go to work for law firms. Nearly 40 percent of the Class of 2014 is working at a law firm, including nearly 15 percent at the nation's biggest law firms.

W&L was again included on the National Law Journal's list of "Go-To Law Schools" for placement in BigLaw, coming in at number 33. The students featured below talk about their career choice and describe the search process that led them to a job in BigLaw.

Caroline Colpoys '16L

Caroline Colpoys '16L is from Dallas, TX and attended Rhodes College for her undergraduate degree. At W&L, she is the executive editor of the Journal of Energy, Climate and the Environment and a member of the Powell Lecture Board.

Claire Leonard '16L

Claire Leonard '16L is from Washington, D.C. and received her bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University. She serves as one of the Managing Editors for the Washington and Lee Law Review and as a student caseworker in the Black Lung Clinic.

Babatunde Cadmus '15L

Babatunde Cadmus '15L attended college at the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. At W&L Law, he served as editor in chief of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice during the 2014-2015 school year. Upon graduation, he will join the law firm of Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia as an associate.

Sarah Curry '15L

Sarah Curry '15L graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 2009 with a B.A. in International Relations and French. She then spent three years as a Program Manager and then C.O.O. of an African development charity. Upon graduation, she will join the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York.

Austin Lomax '15L

Austin Lomax is a 3L from Tryon, North Carolina. He served as a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic. For his 1L summer, Austin was a summer associate at Talcott Franklin P.C. and at Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP. He spent his 2L Summer at Alston & Bird LLP and Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLP. Upon graduation, he will join Alston & Bird in Atlanta.

Mac Mackie '15L

Mac Mackie '15L is from Charlotte, N.C. originally and received his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between undergrad and law school, he worked in the publishing industry as an editor and then a literary agent. Upon graduation, he will be work for Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.

Meg Sawyer '15L

Meg Sawyer '15L is a third year law student from Columbia, Maryland. She serves as one of the Executive Editors of the Washington and Lee Law Review and she is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa. Meg spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern for a Senior United States District Judge in the Eastern District of Virginia and she spent her 2L summer in Charleston, South Carolina working as a summer associate for K&L Gates.

Nigel Wheeler '15L

Nigel Wheeler '15L is a third year student at Washington and Lee Law. He has worked as a broadcast journalist, played with an internationally-touring rock band, and has volunteered for several years at the Family Place, a domestic violence shelter. He is headed to Dallas to do real estate law at Bracewell and Giuliani.