Received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the UMKC College of Arts and Science
“The first year of law school,” reads the back cover of Scott Turow’s “One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School,” “is an intellectual and emotional ordeal so grueling that it ensures only the fittest survive.”
“I remember my first year of law school – it’s pretty rough,” said Josh Marrone, now a 3L student at the UMKC School of Law. “Law school is just inherently stressful and competitive, because everything is graded on a curve. But the atmosphere at UMKC is very supportive.”
As an antidote to the stresses of law school, student mentors encouraged him and walked him through demanding coursework.
Encouraged by that support, Josh mentors new students as a legal writing teaching assistant. He helps students adjust to the rigors of legal studies and the curved grading scale.
Another factor that has helped Josh through his law school experience is the Jack and Helen Miller Law Scholarship. Thanks to the scholarship, Josh and his wife felt financially prepared to have a baby.
“It has provided me with the funds for my tuition so that I was able to divert other funds to things like diapers and clothes for our son,” Josh said. “I get to see my family, get to see my new son and still am able to be successful at UMKC.”
In addition to serving as a teaching assistant, Josh serves as managing editor of “The Urban Lawyer: The National Quarterly on State and Local Government Law” – a national legal publication housed at UMKC; a staff member at the “UMKC Law Review”; a member of the Public Interest Law Association; and a research assistant.