Student Spotlight: Paige Griffith '16

Paige GriffithWhy did you choose to attend UMSL?

I applied to various law schools across the country and the moment I stepped into the University of Montana School of Law (UMSL), I knew this was where I was meant to be. I had a fabulous student ambassador give me a tour (thanks, Christine Cole!) and really felt like I was at home. Growing up in Missoula, I thought I would leave Montana after high school and never turn back. While I enjoyed my time in Tacoma/Seattle during undergrad and abroad, Montana felt like the right place to be while in law school. I truly believe that Missoula is the perfect place for a law student to have a good life-school balance. I tell every one now that I made the best choice!

What did you do prior to law school?

I went to Pacific Lutheran University for undergrad and obtained a double B.A. in Economics and Political Science. I came to UMSL fresh out of college.

What inspires you?

Everyone around constantly inspires me to be a better person inside and out. I look to my fellow law students, attorney mentors, family, and friends for inspiration, and they are consistently raising the bar, which helps me strive that much more. More specifically, rising females inspire me. I look to their courage and strength in this world and hope to be just like them someday.

What is something about you that very few of your classmates would know?

I have been in more than 30 theater productions and went to performing arts camp for 6 years.

What are you most proud of?

This is such a tough question. I am proud of a lot of things I have accomplished over the years, but am always working to improve myself. However, if I were forced to say one thing, it would be getting onto Montana Law Review. I was never a good writer growing up and struggled in English class. After tirelessly writing a 16 page case note without any help, getting a letter of acceptance to MLR in my mailbox at the end of my 1L year was definitely one of the proudest moments of my life.

Tell us about your involvement with UMSL outside of the classroom.

I am involved with several student groups at UMSL because I believe student involvement enriches one’s legal education by adding practical components to your studies. I am a Montana Law Review staff member and incoming Montana Law Review Business and Development Editor, the Women’s Law Caucus President, a Junior Partner for the 1L Law Firm Program, a witness on the UMSL Trial Team, a LexisNexis Student Representative, and a UMSL Student Ambassador. I also work as a law clerk at Williams Law Firm.

Where do you hope to be in the next 5 to 10 years?

My ultimate goal is to have my student loan debt paid off by 5 years post-graduation. I also hope to be accepted to, attend, and graduate from a Tax LL.M. program.