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Exit Interview: Amanda Parker ’13 new corporate fellow

August 2, 2013 | Students

In May, Amanda Parker ’13 graduated with two degrees from Ohio State – her J.D. and an M.B.A. It took her four years, and she mastered parking on both ends of campus while shuttling between classes as well as very different teaching styles in the two schools.

“When I started law school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Parker said. “But, after I took Business Associations and learned about the Moritz Corporate Fellowship Program, I knew I wanted to earn a joint degree. I loved the Fisher College of Business, and classes there are so different than in law school. Every class I had was graded entirely on group projects.”

Parker will be a Moritz Corporate Fellow at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron for one year. She is taking the New York bar exam.

“I chose New York because it has great reciprocity, and I want to keep my options wide open,” Parker said. “I know I want to work as in-house counsel. I love the diversity of work and getting to really know the business side.”

She worked at Deere & Co., most commonly known as John Deere, as in intern while in law school.

“I want to be a lawyer, that has always been the bottom line,” she said. “But I loved what I learned on the business side, and I don’t want to have to do one or the other. Working in-house lets me still have those conversations with people in corporate strategy and talk about corporate goals. Often, companies give law firms limited information to narrow the focus of their work and keep costs down.”

This year, Parker participated in three different moot court or mediation tournaments, and did not spend a single weekend in Ohio in February. She tied for the Best Mediator award at the Great Lakes Mediation Tournament. She was also on the executive board of the Black Law Students Association while in law school.

“It really all flew by very quickly,” she said.