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Game Changer: How Rising 2L Lindsey Woods changed her career path and discovered a legal calling

July 21, 2018 | Students

Despite her passion for journalism, 2L Lindsey Woods found herself sitting at her desk at the Chicago Tribune one day yearning for a more challenging and fulfilling career path.

Woods earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and was an active member of the college’s newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle, where she served as managing editor and as a sports and health editor. When she graduated, she worked as a research intern for Crain’s Chicago Business before joining the Chicago Tribune Media Group as a copy editor and designer for the newspaper’s suburban news and sports desks.

She realized a career in law would provide an opportunity to use all the skills she cultivated as a journalist, like translating complicated concepts into more palatable ideas through writing and research.

“To be selected for the Professor Morgan E. Shipman scholarship meant a lot to me,” Woods said. “It gave me some confidence going into law school that I was making the right choice and was on the right path.”

For now, Woods’ interests lie in civil litigation, although she is actively trying to network with lawyers in the Columbus area to learn more about the city’s legal market. She also hasn’t ruled out pursuing a potential path into sports law, either.

“I have a penchant for being a little performative, which I think really speaks to the litigation side of things,” Woods said. “Litigation requires a lot of research and writing, which are the skills that I not only developed in my journalism career but are also the skills that I really enjoy using the most. I really love writing. I love sitting down in front of a computer with a stack of books and tackling a tough problem.”

Woods, a Powell, Ohio native, never envisioned going to an institution as large as The Ohio State University. But at Moritz, she describes the community as being just big enough that the college has all of the resources of a world-class research university without feeling the slightest bit impersonal.

Her first semester has been especially uplifting owing in part to her professors, Amna Akbar, Ruth Colker, Ellen Deason and Teri Enns, who taught her Criminal Law, Torts, Civil Procedure and Law I, respectively.

“I was working in the sports industry before and it’s so male-dominated,” she said. “To have these really strong and wicked smart female professors for my first year has been inspirational. I hope they will serve as my role models throughout the rest of my law school career and beyond.”