Melvin Smith-Williams, The Ohio State University

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Melvin Smith-Williams first heard about LLI through a teacher at Mifflin Middle School.  He was a part of a student group called the Gentlemen’s Club and because he had a strong interest in law, his principal nominated him for the program and encouraged him to apply.  He attended Eastmoor Academy during high school.
During his LLI experience, Melvin enjoyed participating in debates, mock trial competitions, and various presentations.  He particularly enjoyed his experience interning at Reminger.  “I enjoyed being able to present in front of attorneys to participate in a moot court competition.  We researched extensively and it was a scary but wonderful experience.  That experience, in that environment, was a turning point and made me want to become an attorney.  It is one thing to hear about what attorneys do, but seeing and talking to them every day made me feel special and was an environment I wanted to be a part of one day.”  
Melvin is a rising junior majoring in Political Science.  He recently transferred from the University of Akron to The Ohio State University.  At the University of Akron, Melvin served as a Resident Assistant (RA) during his sophomore year.  He was also inducted into the Political Science national honorary society.  
During his time at the University of Akron, Melvin enjoyed being a part of the student body community.  “My residents were wonderful and I enjoyed interacting with people and having a positive impact on them.  The RA position was a great help to me and I appreciated the help I received from classmates and mentors.  One particularly helpful mentor, Justin, helped me with my writing and also advised me on a regular basis.”  
Melvin is very much looking forward to returning to Columbus and attending OSU this fall. Melvin shared that “OSU is a great institution that can help me grow into the attorney I want to become one day.  I am looking forward to connecting to the same campus where I spent my time as an LLI student.”
Melvin plans to begin law school in the fall of 2018 and hopes to attend The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.