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Across the country and back again, UC law student finds career opportunity at home

Each year the University of Cincinnati’s graduating class enters the workforce armed with extensive qualifications, professional experience and ready to move to the next challenge.

Lindsey Boyd was no exception. After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in finance, Boyd was prepared to leave Cincinnati for her next life adventure.

The UC College of Law, however, had other ideas for her.

Following graduation, Boyd worked at a startup in Cincinnati and then moved to Houston, Texas to pursue law school. She received several scholarship offers and was accepted to more than seven law schools. Her short list included Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, and the University of Texas. She explained that none of these schools “felt right,” but eventually decided on Texas.

After living in Texas for only a few short weeks before classes began, UC Law contacted Boyd about an incredible opportunity. For the first time, the law school was offering a fellowship with Dinsmore & Shohl, a local firm, for a summer internship. And Boyd was the ideal candidate.

Boyd was no stranger to the College of Law. While in undergrad, she was heavily involved with the university’s mock trial program, which opened her eyes to the local law school. This relationship, combined with stellar academics and LSAT scores, led the law admissions team to target Boyd as the ideal candidate for the Dinsmore fellowship.

In addition to a guaranteed fellowship after her first year, Boyd gained practical experience. She explains that Dinsmore allows the fellows “to choose what type of work you do. I was able to explore different areas of law until I found what I enjoyed most: employment law.”

Al Watson, the college's senior assistant dean admissions, notes that “this fellowship put UC over the top” for Boyd. And since her first summer with Dinsmore, there have been two more fellows from UC Law: Michael Goldman and Frank Stevenson.

In addition to the Dinsmore fellowship, the law school offers several other fellowships for students, including opportunities with the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, the Ohio Innocence Project, the Corporate Law Center, the Weaver Institute, and more.

Another appeal to Boyd was the extensive community service work that Dinsmore does around Cincinnati. “As a lawyer you can do a lot to help the community, so pro bono work is important as it enables you to give back to Cincinnati, the place where I grew up,” she adds.

In the end, Boyd knew she would return to Cincinnati permanently. And thanks to the law school, she’s doing just that. Beginning next summer, she will begin her full-time legal career with the Dinsmore labor and employment group right here in Cincinnati. She explains, “UC has given me everything I needed to succeed,” and is more excited than ever to remain a Bearcat.