A Dream to Benefit Society

Scholarship Recipient Hopes to Use Her Law Degree to Change the World


Candace Johnson has always known she wanted to be a lawyer. However, the debt she incurred for her undergraduate education left her unsure of whether she could afford law school, so she took a position with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Her experience with the organization only intensified her passion for legislation with a real impact, as well as her desire to assist underrepresented people who cannot afford legal counsel.

“Washington University School of Law had always been one of my dream schools,” Candace says, “and my scholarship helped make that dream come true. Hands down—I would not have been able to attend Washington University without it.”

At Washington University Law, Candace has had the opportunity to learn from accomplished professors who prepare students for careers that benefit society. “Even before applying to law school, I admired Professor Kim Norwood’s work on race, class, and education,” she recalls. “It’s so inspiring to know that I can just go to her office and talk with her.” Candace is also community service chair for the Black Law Students Association, where she mentors area high school students who are interested in the legal profession.

“Gifts to Washington University make it possible for students to experience outstanding professional preparation,” Candace says. “I am receiving an excellent legal education, and I plan to use it to change laws in ways that help people. I’m so grateful to the donors who have invested in my future.”

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“Washington University School of Law had always been one of my dream schools, and my scholarship helped make that dream come true.”

  — Candace Johnson
      School of Law Class of 2017