Meet 2024 Summer Associate Carlyn Le Grant

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Ward and Smith's 2024 Summer Associate Program is officially in full swing, giving six promising law school students the chance to work alongside our esteemed attorneys in all our offices.

During this dynamic program, these future legal stars will gain hands-on experience that will be gold for their future legal careers. They'll learn case management, conduct in-depth research, and more.

But it's not all work and no play – we're also keen on getting to know these bright minds better through our popular "Meet the Summer Associate" series.

Introducing Carlyn Le Grant

Carlyn Le Grant

Hometown: Arlington, VA
School: University of North Carolina School of Law – 1L 

What do you like to do in your downtime when you're not studying?

Explore new restaurants. Catch up on TV/movies (usually British period dramas); and plan my next vacation. 

What is your favorite movie?

Any movie starring Meryl Streep or directed by Nancy Meyers. 

What is your favorite book?

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue 

What is your favorite food?

Tie between: Thai food and sourdough bread. 

Where is your favorite vacation spot?

San Francisco, CA 

If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be?

Lisbon, Portugal 

If you knew you could try anything and not fail, what dream would you pursue?

Run for office. 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I apparently learned to speak Portuguese before English, but don't remember any of it.  

Why do you want to be an attorney?

To follow in the footsteps of my mentors and solve new problems.   

What sparked your interest in law?

Learning about loopholes. I find it fascinating how creative law can be. 

What is the hardest part of law school?

Tie between imposter syndrome and the grading curve. 

What are you most excited to learn during your time here at Ward and Smith?

Meeting lawyers who get to practice what they love daily. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I'd like to feel knowledgeable enough in my work as an attorney to serve as a mentor to those just starting. 

What's the best advice someone has given you?

Trust, but verify. 

Describe yourself in three words.

Talkative, tenacious, versatile. 

If you were famous, what would you be famous for?

Figure skating. 

Western or Eastern barbecue? And why?

Eastern--It's what I grew up with. 

If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be?

You can't get what you don't ask for. 

Ward and Smith's thrilling 2024 Summer Associate Program wraps up on June 21. Interested in joining? Click here to discover more about this exciting program.

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