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Name: Daniel Firkus

Hometown: Crivitz, Wis.

Title: Law student

Graduate School: Hamline University

After high school, Dan joined the Army, and for four years, he spent time in Kentucky, Iraq and Afghanistan.

He saw a lot, learned a lot and grew up a lot. Following his tour of duty, Dan attended Lakeland College, earned a sociology degree in 2011 and gained admittance into the highly regarded Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota. He also won the Justice Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, which covers full tuition.

“It’s challenging, and a lot is expected of you,” says Dan, 28, who has one more year at Hamline. “They give you the tools, but you are required to put in a lot of hours.”

This summer, Dan completed an internship with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office. When he’s finished with law school, he plans to return to the U.S. Army – this time as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officer.

“I’d like to help soldiers in the Army,” Dan says. “There’s an array of legal issues, and having a JAG representative there helps morale. I like to help people. There’s so much going on, worrying about an expired lease or something like that is the last thing a soldier should be worrying about when the bullets are flying.”

While at Lakeland, Dan appreciated his professors and the tools and advice he was given to succeed.

“Lakeland is a strong academic school,” he says. “It’s all about education, with easy access to all of our professors. Professor Chris Moore wrote me a great recommendation, and I used all of the resources available to me to prepare for the LSAT. My advisor, Professor Alan Mock, and Professor Moore were very helpful in guiding me.”

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