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Ryan Nichols

ryan_nichols_photo Name: Ryan Nichols
Year Graduated: 2010
Service Branch: Marine Corps
Military Rank: Captain
Stationed In:
Djibouti, Africa; Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, California; Quantico, Virginia

How did military service prepare you for the study of law or for life in general?
Serving in the Marines has been a huge part of my success in law school because of the high level of discipline that is required. I attribute this to getting onto the Stetson Law Review and all of the internships and clinics that I have been selected to take part in.

Were there particular military service experiences that heightened your interest in the law?
Working with JAGs and government attorneys in the Ethiopian and Kenyan embassies opened my eyes to how lawyers affect the way the world operates. Law is truly the framework of our civilization.

What do you think civilians should know about those in the service?
That no matter what you're doing -- celebrating Christmas, sitting in class, or out at a bar, at the same time, there are always men and women in the military putting their lives on the line because they believe in this country. Never forget to show your respect and support.

Why did you select Stetson Law? Is the atmosphere supportive of military veterans?
I chose Stetson because of its stellar reputation and because of the graduates I have met. I am always impressed when I see a Stetson alum in the courtroom. Stetson goes above and beyond to help veterans with their legal education. I've been in situations at other schools where it wasn't that way, so I can honestly say I'm speaking from experience.

What are your plans for after law school?
After graduation, I will be applying to the State Attorney's Office for a position as a prosecutor.

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