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Moritz a ‘perfect fit’ as 3L prepares for career in business law

October 14, 2013 | Students

Alex Kennedy knew she wanted to work in business, but it wasn’t until she had already launched a professional career that she realized business law was what she really wanted to focus on.

Now into her third year of studies at the Moritz, Kennedy feels ready to embark on a career combining her two interests. She is the editor-in-chief of the Ohio State Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, where she manages more than 50 law students and is integrally involved in everything from the selection of the articles to publishing the final product, which comes out twice a year.

“We’re student-run,” Kennedy said. “So that means the staff of the journals are the ones who select the articles that we’re going to publish. We’re entirely responsible for publishing them, editing them and having them printed.”

Given her past, Kennedy is especially qualified to be in charge. She worked for British Petroleum after earning her undergraduate degree from Smith College in 2005 and then switched over to investment banking at Goldman Sachs in 2007. Stationed in London, Kennedy’s daily job required her to work closely with lawyers to draft deal documentation and speak to regulators. Kennedy always had thought about the idea of law school, but her experiences helped her decide that a law degree was for her.

“My boss at Goldman was a Moritz alum, and when I was applying to law school, she asked me where I was applying. I did not say, ‘The Ohio State University,’ ” she said. “And she said, ‘Well you should apply to Moritz,’ and I did.”

After investigating the school, she knew it was “the best fit.”

But before she headed off the Columbus, she first went to Africa for a year to work for a startup company called Indego Africa, located in Rwanda. While there, she helped teach the native women business skills like accounting and quality control so they could sell the crafts they made to American companies like J.Crew and Anthropologie. The money the women made went back into the community.

“When I got there most of them were still living on $5 a month,” she said. “By the time I left, they were sending their children to school versus having them working during the day to make money. Most of them were eating two meals a day versus maybe one or not at all, so it was really rewarding.”

Kennedy still serves on the company’s board of trustees and said she will probably remain involved for the rest of her life.

She’s keeping busy in her last year at Moritz, too. She works in the economic crimes and narcotic division of the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and is one of two people on the Jerome D. Evidence Team, which travels to different moot court competitions.

In her free time, which she admits is rare, she likes to play with her dog, Harriet, a Bernese mountain dog.