Alumni Profile: From Calvin to Harvard Law School How a political science grad's passion for social justice led her to Harvard Law School

From Calvin to Harvard Law School


political sciencejournalism minor

Harvard Law School, Class of 2014

If you had to pick one work to describe Lerae Kroon, it would probably be “justice.”  A 2009 Calvin grad, Lerae is pursuing a degree at Harvard Law School and working as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, which provides free legal services for low-income individuals.

How does a pastor’s kid from northern Michigan end up at Harvard Law?  It started by choosing Calvin. “I wanted a college with an excellent academic reputation, as well as a liberal arts education that would allow me to explore my many interests,” says Lerae.

Lerae jumped into the Calvin experience from day one and never stopped:  she served as an editor for Chimes and interned at several non-profit organizations, including an internship with International Justice Mission through the Semester in Washington, DC program. It was in class and through internships that her passion for justice solidified into a future plan—law school.

“Calvin encouraged me to explore issues of social justice, whether through hands-on service learning opportunities, research projects, or lively discussions in the student organizations I was involved in. This led me to seek a career in which I could advocate on behalf of individuals who are facing issues of injustice in their daily lives. Calvin also gave me an excellent set of academic skills—writing, researching and critical thinking—that prepared me for the rigors of a legal education."

VERGE: winter 2012

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