As a recent Harvard Law graduate, Phoebe Lockhart, ’18, reflects on how her time in the Nebraska Business Honors Academy prepared her for life in law school and beyond. The cohort-based program with its enhanced business curriculum readied the Ogallala, Nebraska, native for her time at the Ivy League institution.
“When I was in college, the Honors Academy challenged me to be the best student I could be. The classes were difficult, and my peers were so smart. In those ways, the academy was great preparation for law school,” said Lockhart, who plans to practice law in Boston.
The daunting experience of moving to a new city and entering law school made for a tough first year, similar to Lockhart’s first year in the academy where she faced a tough series of midterms in economics. She embraced the challenge of law school just as she did in economics during her undergraduate years.
“Although I felt defeated at the beginning, I eventually changed my major to economics because I enjoyed the course taught by Sam Allgood, faculty director of the Teaching and Learning Center and Edwin J. Faulkner Professor of Economics, so much. My transition to Harvard Law was similar. Soon enough, I got to know friends and professors, learned some of the legal lingo and developed my skills through internships and clinics,” she said.
Lockhart noted how case studies and class discussions from the academy curriculum mirrored what she experienced at Harvard Law. She credits Nebraska Business faculty for their expertise and professional advice.
“My last semester of law school, I actually dug up my notes from microeconomics, a course taught by Laurie Miller, associate dean of undergraduate programs and curriculum and associate professor of practice in economics, to help me understand some of the graphs in my antitrust class. Donna Dudney, associate professor of finance, also offered invaluable advice and encouragement during my law school application process,” she said.
As a member of the second cohort to graduate from the academy, Lockhart has seen the program evolve and traditions form. She also appreciates the long-lasting and impactful relationships forged at Nebraska.
“Now that I'm older, the Honors Academy also means a lot to me as an alum. I am grateful for the network of highly driven, like-minded professionals and the friendships that continue to this day,” Lockhart said.
To learn more about the Nebraska Business Honors Academy, visit: https://business.unl.edu/honorsacademy.