Student Testimonials

During the 2019-2020 school year, law student and photographer Brittney Mada began a photography and blog project witnessing and learning more about fellow law students and their motivation behind moving their lives and families to Missoula, Montana, to pursue legal educations. View the full "Law School Confidential" stories on the Bereza Photography website.

Tyler Waite

Tyler Waite

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Great Falls, Montana
Area of focus: Criminal Law

“I think my desire to work in criminal law came not just from seeing someone who I never saw as dangerous through a plastic visitation window, but also from seeing family members wait to visit their loved ones. I wanted to be an advocate for people who were trapped in the harsh criminal justice system and an advocate for their families and friends who would have to continue life on the outside without their presence.”

Hallee Kansman

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Farmington Hills, Michigan
Area of focus:  Environmental/Natural Resources Law and Policy

“I have a deep passion for the West, in particular Montana, due to my adventures growing up exploring Glacier National Park. With a bachelor’s degree in biology, I was determined to become a wildlife biologist and work in the Park; however, I quickly reevaluated my career path and discovered that law was driving my passion for bettering the environment. Through ABIII, I coupled my love for the law and the creation of policy by becoming a joint law and master of public administration student.”

Hallee Kansman

Cierra Anderson

Cierra Anderson

Class of 2021
Hometown: Frenchtown, Montana
Area of focus:  Criminal Law

“My best friend suggested I apply to law school. I sat down and thought about whether or not I could do it and I realized that I’d never stopped wanting to correct the imbalance I had been seeing in the world for my entire life. If anything, my life experiences had sharpened my perception of inequities. I applied, was accepted and have never been happier in any decision I have ever made. I have never felt more at home than I do at ABIII.”

Marissa Mahkuk Compton

Class of 2020
Hometown:  Butte, Montana
Area of focus:  Indian Law, Law and Business

“I need to set an example for my own son, of course, but it’s more than that. I want every member of my family to know their worth. I want every single young relative who comes after me to know that it can be done, to feel empowered to chase their dreams without the limits of the past or what they have seen. I’ll fight every day to make the road easier for those who will come after me.”

Marissa Mahkuk Compton