Elizabeth Buttitta- UVA School of Law

1. Please tell us about yourself.

Age: 26
Undergrad Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Undergrad Major: Economics, with a minor in Environmental Action and Leadership and a minor in Spanish
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

2. What first made you want to go to law school?
A family friend of mine jokingly said I would make a good lawyer because I’m good at arguing. This is what first sparked my interest in law school. Upon reflection, I thought a legal career would be a great fit for me because it opens the door to so many different possibilities. Specifically, I was interested in practicing environmental law in order to promote environmental sustainability, especially through urban agriculture.

3. Why did you choose your law school?
I chose the UVA School of Law because of its reputation of having an alumni network all over the nation. When I first started law school I wasn’t sure where I want to to practice after graduation. Thus, I chose the school that I thought would have the best potential to be able to connect me to any region.

4. What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
Before I started law school, I wish I had known more about the different types of legal career options available. Relatedly, I wish I had asked the schools I was considering about where most of their students go after graduation. On a different note, I wish I had been advised to familiarize myself more with the structure of the United States judicial system. I think that would have helped me adjust better to my first year law school classes.

5. What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am involved in the student environmental law group. Additionally, I started a food law student group my first year in law school. I am connected to the undergrad part of the University of Virginia as well as a member of the vegan and vegetarian society. I also volunteer in various ways in the community.

6. Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I work at the circulation desk in the law school library, and I love it. It’s been a great way to get to know my fellow classmates. My first summer I was able to work for the EPA in Chicago and I learned so much. I really enjoyed drafting documents and working on settlement negotiations.

7. What do you like to do in your spare time?
On my own, I explore the wooded trails around campus. I also like to run, do yoga, and water jog. I play recorder just for fun (yes, that little flute-type instrument that everyone learns for a few weeks in grade school!).

8. What is your dream career?
I would really love to work at an international law firm doing transactional work. Additionally, as I advance in my career, I would love to take on a more counselling role.