Ankit Bahri grew up in India and attended college in Singapore, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering. He worked as a ventures analyst for Shell Chemicals in Singapore with an eye toward pursuing an MBA, but when it came time to apply, he found himself thinking about law school instead.
The Michigan Difference
Michigan Law rose to the top of the list not only because of the Darrow Scholarship Bahri was offered, but also because of the collegiality he experienced during Preview Weekend. Bahri's undergraduate school "wasn't heavy on college spirit," so it was important to him that he attend law school in a "college town" that offered the friendly atmosphere he was seeking.
"Law school was the best three years of my life," Bahri said of his Michigan Law experience. "I woke up every day wanting to go to class. I made so many friends and met so many people at Michigan, all of whom were wonderful and intelligent. We went to class and socialized together, including football games and tailgates every weekend. It was a close-knit community that really fostered a collegial spirit."
The Rewards of a Darrow Scholarship
Bahri made the most of his time at Michigan by immersing himself in activities. He was a contributing editor for the Michigan Law Review, served as a senior judge for the Legal Practice Program, was a second runner-up in the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, and served on the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Board. During his 1L summer, he worked as a judicial intern for the Hon. Dolores K. Sloviter in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, an unpaid position that Bahri wouldn't have been able to pursue without the benefit of the Darrow Scholarship.
"The Darrow Scholarship frees you up to do what you want to do in law school without worrying about the repercussions," Bahri said. "It allowed me to take whatever classes I wanted and gave me financial stability. I have a feeling it would have been harder for me to attend law school without the scholarship, because as an international student, you need to have a co-signer in order to get a federal loan.
"It's an honor to have been accepted as a Darrow Scholar," he added. "Whenever you meet another Darrow, you feel special to be part of that company. There is a great tradition behind the scholarship."
A True Community
An associate at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., Bahri looks fondly upon his time at Michigan, particularly his interactions with faculty. "Michigan is unique because of the relationships you develop with professors," he said. "I still visit Michigan, and the professors are happy to see me and remember me from class. It makes me feel like I'm part of a true community, and those relationships have stayed with me. This isn't found at every law school."
Story written by Lori Atherton.
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