From golf courses to law courses, this scholar athlete
has set her sight on a legal career. Mary Ellen Shuman,
graduate of the Frederica Academy class of 2013, has
been accepted into and plans to attend the University of
Georgia School of Law this fall. After spending four
years on the University’s golf team and earning her
degree in finance from the Terry College of Business,
she is ready to take on a new challenge.
The University of Georgia School of Law is regarded as
one of the nation's top law schools, and it is the only place Mary Ellen applied. She had a great experience at the University of Georgia during her four years of undergraduate studies and
could not see herself anywhere else. When asked what motivated her decision to attend law
school, Mary Ellen explained, “I always knew I wanted to do something with sports, but I did not
know which route I wanted to take.” After considering graduate school for sports management,
she decided instead to apply for law school last December. With her law degree, Mary Ellen’s
career goal is to work for either a sports team or agency. If she works for a sports team, she
would be interested in working with football or baseball. Regarding where she wants to work,
Mary Ellen said that she eventually wants to end up back on St. Simons, but in the meantime,
she wants to be somewhere in the Southeast such as Nashville, Charlotte, or Atlanta.
When asked how her experience at Frederica Academy prepared her for college and law school, Mary Ellen responded “I feel like they really go hand in hand. I was clearly prepared for college after graduating from Frederica. I learned the importance of building relationships with teachers and the discipline of knowing how to sit down and study.” Now, her only concern is adjusting to the different teaching style. Her finance courses were mainly lectures; however, in law school theclasses are much more discussion based. To prepare for the LSAT, she took a month-long prep course that was three hours long, three
nights a week. The course was taught by a third-year law student, which Mary Ellen said was
really helpful. She commented that, “He took time to answer all of our questions about the law
school, even if it was as simple as what people wear to class.” Currently, Mary Ellen is back at
Frederica Academy interning with the accounting department for summer 2017.