Connect with Student Ambassadors

Wondering what it's like to brief your first case, conduct legal research for the Department of Justice, or represent your first client? How can you balance studying for classes, working at an externship or for a law clinic and still have time for a social life? Here's an opportunity to connect with a student ambassador about their experience at the Washington College of Law and their life in Washington, DC.

Ainsley Kilpatrick
Ayana Anderson

Ayana anderson

  • Class Year: Current 2L
  • Program Type: Full-Time
  • Email Address: AUWCLStudentAmbassador1@gmail.com
  • Hometown, State: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Undergraduate School: Drake University
  • Major: BA in Law, Politics, and Society; BJMC in News 

Why did you choose to attend AUWCL? I chose AUWCL for its exceptional programs. As a 3rd-generation lawyer, I was well aware of the practice areas I was not interested in, but I hadn’t found the one for me yet. AUWCL is a jack of all trades. With excellent programs in trial advocacy, clinical training, and commercial law, I knew I would discover not only a practice area that suits me, but also unmatched opportunities in Washington, D.C.  After learning about AUWCL’s commitment to preparing a diverse student body with hands-on skills, I knew this was the school for me.  

What is your current campus involvement? I am currently, the Vice-President of the Black Law Students Association. In my role, I help build connections between students and our neighboring BLSA chapters. I also oversee BLSA's National Black Law Students Associations Advocacy Competition teams. I am a Junior Staffer on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law. As a Junior Staffer, I review fellow staffers articles and prepare to write my own. Additionally, I am a Junior Staffer on the Legislation and Policy Brief. During the Fall semester, I am assisting Professor Ezra Rosser as one of his Research Assistants. This past Summer, I interned for the Honorable Judge Jill R. Cummins on the Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Ainsley Kilpatrick
Ainsley Kilpatrick

Ainsley Kilpatrick

  • Class Year: Current 2L
  • Program Type: Full-Time
  • Email Address: AUWCLStudentAmbassador4@gmail.com
  • Hometown, State: East Greenwich, RI
  • Undergraduate School: Fordham University
  • Major: Philosophy and Spanish Studies

Why did you choose to attend AUWCL? I chose AUWCL for a numbers of reasons, not the least of which was its location in DC. Nothing beats the access WCL students have to opportunity, experiences, and professional networks here in DC. Even among DC schools, WCL is uniquely tapped into the International Public Interest field through its JD/MA program, WCRO, and incredible professors and their connections.

What is your current campus involvement? As a 1L, I represented my section as Senator in SBA and am now Vice President of the SBA, working with students and administration to maintain and improve the WCL student experience. I am  junior staffer for the Administrative Law Review and have volunteered with the WCRO, and founded the WCL Mental Health Alliance. This summer I will be interning with the USAO in Washington, DC.

Victoria Khaydar
Victoria Khaydar

Victoria Khaydar

  • Class Year: Current 3L
  • Program Type: Full-Time
  • Email Address: AUWCLStudentAmbassador2@gmail.com
  • Hometown, State: Los Angeles, California
  • Undergraduate School: University of California - Berkeley
  • Major: BA in Political Science; Linguistics

Why did you choose to attend AUWCL? I chose to attend AUWCL because I really wanted to in Washington, D.C. and take advantage of all the opportunities this school and city have to offer. Before committing to AUWCL, I attended an alumni event for admitted students and was very impressed with the quality of AUWCL alumni and the diversity of the fields in which they practice. Furthermore, AUWCL is nationally ranked in clinical and trial advocacy programs, so I knew it is a great place to get hands-on practical legal experience.

What is your current campus involvement? On campus, I am an Articles Editor for the American University Law Review and a Writing Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric Program. I have also been involved in student organizations such as Equal Justice Foundation, which raises funds for public interest summer internships, and ADVANCE, a mentorship program for first-generation law students. In addition, I am also a Student Admissions Representative for the Office of Admissions and will be working with the International Human Rights Law Clinic as a Dean’s Fellow this fall. Off-campus, I interned at a government agency in the summer after my first year of law school and at the U.S. District Court last fall. I spent this past summer working at a firm here in D.C. and hope to stay in the area following graduation.

Tim Schmeling
Tim Schmeling

Tim Schmeling

  • Class Year: Current 3L
  • Program Type: Full-Time
  • Email Address: AUWCLStudentAmbassador7@gmail.com
  • Hometown, State: Rockford, IL
  • Undergraduate School: Knox College
  • Major: BA in Modern Languages and Integrated International Studies
  • Graduate School: Rockford University
  • Degree: Master of Business Administration

Why did you choose to attend AUWCL? I chose AUWCL because as someone who grew up in the middle of the Illinois cornfields, I wanted the chance to study in a big city! I was attracted to AUWCL's incredible programs in legislative negotiation; international organizations, law & development; and cyber/technology law. That is more than enough to keep me interested. I want to set myself up for a career in politics and public policy, and I knew that this would be the place to do it.

What is your current campus involvement? I am the current President of the Student Bar Association, heading up the student government and working to represent a diversity of student interests. Additionally, I am a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society. Last year, my teammate and I were the regional champions and we represented WCL at the ABA Negotiation competition in Chicago. I am also a member of Lambda Law, after serving as the Vice President & Outreach Director as a 2L. Outside of WCL, I have interned on the Hill with a Member of Congress, planned a land and poverty focused conference at the World Bank, and this coming year, I will be interning with Amazon's Public Policy team.

Kate Allen
Kate Van Allen

Kate Van Allen

  • Class Year: Current 3L
  • Program Type: Full-Time
  • Email Address: AUWCLStudentAmbassador5@gmail.com
  • Hometown, State: Haverford, Pennsylvania   
  • Undergraduate School: Northeastern University
  • Major: BS in Economics

Why did you choose to attend AUWCL? I chose to attend AUWCL for its incredible Trial Advocacy program as I knew I wanted to litigate after law school. In visiting AUWCL, I was immensely impressed by the students and professors I spoke with as well as the beautiful campus!

What is your current campus involvement? I am a Note & Comment Editor for the American University Law Review. AULR provides an incredible network of intelligent and engaged students and alumni who inspire me daily to continue to improve upon my skills. Additionally, I am a student advocate for the Mock Trial Honor Society, one of AUWCL's three honor societies. As a student advocate, I prepare and compete in two competitions a year in locations across the country. Last year, my team and I were semi-finalists at the University of Denver School of Law Summit Cup Competition. This semester, I am competing virtually at the National Civil Trial Competition. I am also a member of the Criminal Law Society and Criminal Law Practitioner, a small publication on campus centered around criminal law topics.