Megan T. Low
- Michigan Law, '09, JD, cum laude
- University of Southern California, '06, BA, Political Science, summa cum laude
Megan Low knew she wanted to be a litigator. Years of high school and college debate confirmed her decision to attend law school. Michigan Law stood out because of its unique blend of academic excellence and collegiality, and the Darrow Scholarship propelled Michigan to the top of her list.
Once Low started at Michigan, she knew she made the right choice. She credits Dean of Admissions Sarah Zearfoss with "selecting individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, which contribute to a well-rounded class." The varied perspectives brought by these students challenged Low to think critically about issues from different angles. Michigan gave her the opportunity to utilize these skills in a practical manner through her participation in the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic, where she advocated for low-income families.
Thanks to her Darrow Scholarship's 1L summer stipend, Low felt the financial freedom to accept a judicial externship with Justice Earl Johnson, Jr. of the California Court of Appeal. Drafting opinions for Justice Johnson and her interactions with him gave Low invaluable insight into judicial decision-making that Low incorporates into her everyday practice.
What She's Doing Now
After earning her JD in 2009, Low began working at Morrison & Foerster LLP's Los Angeles office, a firm she selected because it "has a lot of the same values as Michigan in terms of collegiality and super-smart people who are also great to be around."
Low is a member of the firm's Consumer Litigation and Class Action practice group. Her practice includes federal, state, and multidistrict litigation, with a focus on commercial and class-action matters. The work, she said, is both enjoyable and rewarding. Michigan prepared her for life as a litigator, she said, which is exactly what she went to law school for; she has drafted motions, appeared at hearings, and taken and defended depositions.
The Benefits of a Darrow Scholarship
Low often meets with new Darrow Scholarship recipients and encourages them to think about what they want to do with their degree after graduating from law school. "I urge them to really think about law school not as the end, but the beginning," she said. "It's easy to see all those offer letters and ignore the dollars, but after law school, you want to be able to do what you want with your career. If you're spending the next several years paying off debt, it's going to restrict your choices. There is a lot of freedom coming out of law school as a Darrow Scholar."