Meet Erik Rootes, ’15

Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Undergraduate Institution: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate Major: Political Science

Did you enter law school immediately following your undergraduate degree?
I took a year off and did some odd jobs, including teaching the LSAT prep course for Kaplan Test Prep. Answering challenging questions from the course’s students was great preparation for law school.

What made you decide to pursue a law degree?
Attending law school was always in the back of my mind. In the first year of my undergraduate degree, I considered psychology. As a sophomore, I decided to pursue a law degree. I thought that three years of school after my undergraduate degree would further my desire for both intellectual and individual growth, and I had enjoyed all of my pre-law classes.

What made you decide to attend the University of Iowa?
I liked the idea of living in a new place. I stayed in Minnesota for my undergraduate degree, and I thought it would be nice to broaden my perspective. The UI College of Law is not far from home and has a good connection to law firms in the Twin Cities area.

Do you know the area of law that you would like to practice?
It is too early for me to know, but I want to help people. I am considering family law or human rights law.

What are some of the thoughts you had going into your first day of law classes?
I was very nervous. The UI College of Law is a great school. My classmates are intelligent and driven. Adjusting to the change was nerve-racking, but I am getting more confident. Also, there is a real sense of opportunity for enrichment.

What has the first semester of school been like for you?
I know that I made the right decision choosing Iowa. I am benefiting from new experiences, living in a new town and beginning law school. I have been able to build camaraderie with my classmates, and have developed quick friendships and a great support system.