Received a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Having already received a Master of Business Administration degree and worked as a marketing manager for seven years, Catalina Velarde entered law school hoping to transition into a legal career.
Upon beginning her first semester in law school, Catalina found her niche in the Older Wiser Law Students (OWLS) organization. The group promotes spouse and child-friendly activities, lectures that focus on law as a second career and advice on balancing the demands of law school and family.
“The UMKC School of Law is very supportive of the nontraditional student,” said Catalina.
Wanting to extend the same welcome to potential students, Catalina became a law school Emissary.
As an Emissary, Catalina promotes the school to potential law students, as well as to the public at large. She also acts as a liaison between the admissions staff and entering students by working in the admissions office, contacting newly-admitted students, giving tours and organizing the fall orientation.
Having completed her first year of law school, Catalina plans to focus on immigration law and International, Comparative & Foreign Law.
Catalina also is a member of the Hispanic Law Student Association, the International Law Society and Outlaws, which provides support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered students and their supporters.