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Emily Hudson

Being a mom and a law student certainly hasn’t been easy for Emily Hudson, but attending ONU Law has helped make it a little easier.

Choosing a law school was a huge life decision, but she knew that ONU was the right place for her.

“It was everything about the school – the location, the accessibility of the professors and the opportunities provided by the school,” she says. “I wasn’t just choosing a school for myself; I was choosing a place where my son and I would be living for the next three years. I was drawn to the small town of Ada, and I still love it!”

Emily and her son quickly came to embrace Ada as their home, and she came to feel the same way about ONU Law. Its small size and low student-to-teacher ratio were ideal, and she found that the faculty provided unparalleled support for their students.

“The faculty is one of the strongest things about the ONU Law program,” she says. “They really want their students to succeed, but they definitely make you work for it. They’re approachable and generally have an open-door policy. Plus, they’re all very knowledgeable. I like that I can walk down the hall and my professors actually know me, which I feel wouldn’t necessarily be true at another school.”

The faculty was also supportive of Emily’s role as a mom, being particularly understanding in situations where she either had to bring her son to class with her or miss a class when he was sick.

As part of her program at ONU Law, Emily was able to complete a summer externship in Rwanda, Africa. She worked on a project that was trying to improve the justice system and increase access to justice in Rwanda. This was just one of many unexpected opportunities ONU Law has provided her.

“ONU has forced me to come out of my comfort zone and really grow as an individual, which will definitely be helpful after graduation,” she says. “Whether it’s being cold-called in class or traveling solo to an externship in Rwanda, coming to ONU has really drawn me out of my shell, helped me learn to think on my feet and to do things I would not have otherwise done.”