Fredrick Stevens is from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he was a cheerleader and traveled with the football and basketball teams.
1. What made you want to attend law school?
Politics made me want to join the profession. From a young age, I always thought I would end up in law school, but it wasn’t really concrete. As I grew up, I realized there are so many different populations of people suffering in ways I thought lawyers could help.
2. Why did you choose UConn School of Law?
Money and the name recognition. One of my undergrad professors kept telling me to look into UConn Law. That same professor also connected me with Professor Preston Green, from UConn, when I was struggling with a research paper. I started looking into UConn after I applied and realized I actually liked a lot of things about it. I found out I got in while I was at a Waffle House in Indianapolis at the NCAA Basketball Tournament, literally days before the season was shut down and we got sent home. It was a really happy moment in that Waffle House during such a crazy time.
3. How do you want to use your law degree?
To help people. I am interested in public interest law. When people’s due process rights are violated I am unbelievably upset and I want to equip myself with the tools to help those people.
4. What is the most challenging aspect of starting law school in this difficult time?
Redefining what a self-starter means for you. Being a self-starter is so much easier when you’re around people, when you see them studying and can get motivation there. So I will definitely have to find new and creative ways to be productive. I’m also sad that I won’t be able to physically be on the beautiful campus.
5. What’s your favorite lawyer movie, TV show, or book?
I’m a huge sports fan and Allen Iverson is my favorite basketball player. It’s a bit odd, but my favorite lawyer show is actually ESPN’s 30for30 about Allen Iverson (No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson). It detailed how he was arrested just before graduating high school and made me realize how different things would have been if he hadn’t had a good lawyer. It inspired me.