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JMU set Tre Allen up right, he says

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SUMMARY: Tre Allen had his eye on law school from the start, majored in psychology, spent four years on JMU's United Nations Moot Court competition team and is heading to the Michigan State University College of Law in fall 2017.

How did you get interested in a law career?
My parents did a really good job of raising me to allow me to follow my own interests. They were never, “You have to do this or do that.” In high school, I was involved in theater, forensics and impromptu, and I think all of those got me accustomed to speaking in front of people. I’ve always wanted to make a difference and help people, and I feel like law is an area where I can do that; help them to really understand their rights, what they have to do and what they don’t have to do. I think we have a lot of people in our country who don’t understand the law, and I would love to be able to do my small part to help change that, to be a guy who helps protect people.

What type of law will you practice?
I like intellectual property, which is basically dealing with trademarks, copyrights, patents and all that. That’s what I want to do. I want to protect people’s ideas.

How has JMU helped prepare you?
As far as JMU psychology, it has been super helpful to me. I love what I’ve been able to accomplish. I’ve been a teaching assistant for the past two years, so that’s been an amazing experience. When I came into JMU, I was open to going to graduate school in psychology or to go on to law school. I thought that psychology would be the right major for me to develop the skills that I would need to go on to law school, and that’s exactly what has happened. I understand people better, too. All of what I’ve learned in psychology while I’ve been here will be super helpful to me for my career and, hopefully, for the rest of my life.

Favorite psychology class?
My favorite psychology class was Research Methods 211. It helped me understand data and understand experiments and to appreciate the concept of validity. I think that the background knowledge from that class is necessary to have in order to move forward throughout the remainder of the psychology major.

Have you done an internship?
I had a wonderful opportunity to intern in a small, husband-and-wife law firm in Halifax County near my home. I got experience in the courtroom, seeing how the lawyers work, seeing how the judges work. That summer experience solidified for me that I do want to go to law school. The law is what I truly want to do.

Has JMU met your expectations?
JMU has been beyond good for me.

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Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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