Karissa Blackburn - Class of 2020
Before Law School…
I worked as a print journalist for almost three years. I did a lot of freelance work, and I worked as a military reporter in North Carolina at Camp Lejeune with the Marine Corps. Before I came to Law School, I was a senior reporter at a newspaper in eastern Kentucky.
Why WVU Law?
Law has always been an interest of mine, and I felt in my previous career that it was time to move forward and make a change. WVU Law is its own community, and the upperclassmen and the administration all want to help students. We are all in this together. I looked at several law schools, and if I had gone to another place, I don’t think I would be as successful as I will be at WVU Law.
I’m interested in International Law and Human Rights. I’m very interested in finding the intersectionality between international law and mental health.
In 10 Years…
In 10 years, I’m not sure where I want to be specifically. Whether I’m involved in policy work or I’m working in a private firm, I just want to help people and make a difference.
Outside of Law School…
In my spare time, I’m a writer and I enjoy poetry. I recently started running and hiking. I’ve never been an outdoorsy person, but that’s something new I’ve been trying out. I also like to watch the Food Network and I like to cook.