Briefing Room


1L sees borderless possibilities

June 3, 2013 | Students

For 1L Emily Rotella, the decision to go to law school was a way to stay “interested in everything.”

An international studies major with a love of travel, Rotella felt that she wasn’t sure how to narrow down her worldwide interests into one career path.

“People were talking about law school and the different processes they were going through taking the LSAT, and I had a roommate who was going (to law school), so I thought maybe this is something I would like to do,” she said.

To solidify her decision, Rotella shadowed a student at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in a property class.

“It was fascinating, so I looked into it more. I was like, ‘OK there’s so much more you can do with a law degree.’ It doesn’t have to be one thing set in stone,” she said.

Since she was in high school, Rotella’s interests have gone beyond the United States’ borders.

She lived in Spain for a month during high school and participated in the London study abroad program as an undergraduate student at Ohio State. She also lived in Argentina for six months through another program at Ohio State. Most recently, Rotella backpacked through Ireland with a cousin and visited Italy with her family.

“There are so many places to go,” Rotella said.

She hopes to continue traveling during and after her time at Moritz.

“I don’t know if it’s a reality especially right out of law school, but I’d love to keep traveling … if I could somehow incorporate international travel into my law career, I would love that,” she said.

Rotella’s adventurous personality keeps her on the move. She is constantly looking for outdoor activities to explore and, as a result, started a rollerblading club at Ohio State as an undergraduate.

She and her roommate would rollerblade on the path near the Olentangy River and started inviting others to join. Soon they decided to start a club, with tie-dyed shirts and all.

“I think a lot of people joined because of the T-shirts,” she joked.

Although she doesn’t have much time for rollerblading now, Rotella still finds ways to relieve stress and stay active.

“Doing hot yoga with a classmate allows me to sweat out my stress and stay focused,” she said.

Rotella also tries to make time to hang out with friends and explore the city of Columbus in a way she didn’t while she was an undergraduate student.

“I think people in law school are much more open to exploring Columbus and doing interesting things, whether it’s going to museums or going to shows or something,” she said.

Although she hasn’t left Ohio State, Moritz is giving Rotella, a native of Loveland, Ohio, a completely new experience. She’s met new people and done new things and only hopes for that to continue.

“There are more things that people are interested in doing now,” she said. “Anything you want to do you can do here.”

This article was written by T.K. Brady.