1L Student Q&A: Gulrukh Haroon '22

Gulrukh HaroonGulrukh Haroon '22 is from Trumbull, Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in biology and political science with a minor in Middle Eastern studies.

1. What made you want to attend law school?
While I initially pursued medical school, and was accepted, I decided to pursue law school due to my unwavering passion for the field of law. Every extracurricular I did while in undergrad related to the law or politics in some way. To uphold the foundations of the law, to fight against injustice and to help provide a voice to the voiceless are all reasons why I ultimately decided that law school was the path for me.

2. Why did you chose UConn Law?
As a UConn alumna, I could not be happier to continue my graduate career at UConn as well. I believe that UConn has the perfect balance of opportunities for students wishing to stay in Connecticut upon graduation and for those who want to head to New York. There could not have been a better deal for the quality of education and the price, so choosing UConn was a no-brainer for me. And, of course, the beautiful Hogwarts-like campus sells itself.

3. What are you most looking forward to in these next few years?
I am thoroughly looking forward to being challenged. I am ready to train my brain to read information like it never has before; to reprogram myself to see the world with a new lens of logic and reasoning. As a resident academic, I could not be more thrilled to challenge myself and devour the knowledge of the law. I also am very much looking forward to developing long-term relationships that will help me advance my career upon graduation and beyond.

4. What do you do in your spare time?
I love to write, and am currently working on the manuscript for my first novel, a science fiction dystopia which I hope to turn into a trilogy. I also love to sing, dance, read books and play board games. Apart from my hobbies, I am an avid coffee drinker and love the art of crafting the perfect espresso. On rainy days, you can usually find me in some coffee shop or another, drinking a hazelnut latte and playing a game of chess.

5. How do you want to use your law degree?
As an aspiring novelist and a longtime creative, I would love to use my law degree to protect creative expression as an intellectual property attorney. I firmly believe that encouraging innovation is fundamental to a progressive society, and I would love to fight for the rights of young creatives trying to break into the industry. Along with this, as the daughter of immigrant parents, I am also firmly invested in helping refugees and immigrants settle in the United States. I would love to use my degree to help immigrants, who are so integral and vital in the fabric of America. I dream to help these groups in particular with my law degree, and would also love to step into the political realm if I get the opportunity.

6. What is your favorite lawyer movie?
While there are so many great ones out there, my favorite is probably "A Time to Kill." I watched this movie as an assignment in my Law and Popular Culture class in undergrad, and it has forever shaped my view on how, as attorneys, we have a resounding responsibility to use our power to fight against injustice in any way we can.