Student Spotlight – Michael D. Clemons

Michael D. Clemons, 3L Michael Clemons headshot
Attorney General for the Southern Region of the National Black Law Student Association

Undergraduate School: Valdosta State University

Hometown: Valdosta, Ga.

1) Why did you choose Charleston Law?

Before my final decision to attend Charleston Law, Dean Jacqueline Bell allowed me to observe Professor Geiza Vargas-Vargas’ Corporate Law class. Professor Vargas-Vargas’ intensity and expertise resolved any reservations I had about attending Charleston Law.

2) What has been your most rewarding experience at Charleston Law?

Serving on the law school’s Moot Court Board with my coach Professor Dylan Malagrino has been most rewarding. The strength of Charleston Law’s professors, blended with clever board members, has led to Charleston Law’s Moot Court program ranking 23rd in the nation. Our program excels in training law students to merge complex legal issues with clients’ practical needs.

3) What do you enjoy doing in Charleston when not in class or studying?

When time permits, I enjoy playing golf at one of the many renowned courses in the Charleston area. My personal favorite is Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course.

4) What is your best advice for new law students?

Positively contribute to class every day. The contribution may be an observation from the required reading or asking for clarity on a tough case. Genuine contributions demonstrate engagement in the learning process, and this pays dividends towards a new law student’s first-semester GPA.