Alyssa Waite

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A self-described “people person,” Alyssa Waite is thriving at ONU Law, where relationships rule. “The people I’ve connected with [at ONU Law] have impacted my life in so many positive ways. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!”

Waite graduated from the University of Akron, where she majored in sociology, criminology and law enforcement. After graduation, she completed peace officer training in Ohio, but while in the academy, she realized her passion was to practice the law and not enforce it. “I was in the right field, just not the right spot,” she says.

Waite visited several law school campuses, but ONU Law stood out because of the interactions she had with professors and staff. “They were all welcoming and kind and made me feel like I wouldn’t just be another number.”

Right before COVID-19 disrupted everything, Waite traveled to Iceland as part of ONU Law’s Icelandic Legal Exchange Program. The trip was everything she had hoped for and more. “It was fascinating to learn about the similarities and differences between their legal system and culture and ours.” 

According to Waite, her ONU Law professors are also a source of constant enlightenment. “When you have professors who really enjoy the subject matter they teach, it makes the experience even more beneficial for the students,” she says. “The stories they share of their experiences are both entertaining and educational.”

After graduation, Waite is considering becoming a prosecutor or working for the federal government in some other capacity. “ONU Law has opened my eyes to options I had not even considered before I started law school. I am excited to see what the future has in store for me!”