Student Spotlight: Ben Horwitz, Claiming Chicago for his own city

Third-year student Ben Horwitz came to Loyola with dual interests in trial advocacy and public interest work—two areas in which he’s taken every opportunity to learn. In the classroom, in the clinic, and in competition, “Loyola has pushed me to develop valuable skills and varied experience in those areas,” he says.

CHARMED BY CHICAGO: Raised on the East Coast, Horwitz has found what he calls “the Midwest experience” intriguing. “Chicago is a fun, exciting place to live with features that few other cities of its size can offer,” he says. “With the Daley Center just a couple of El stops away and the federal courthouse a few blocks farther, Loyola is on the doorstep of legal developments in this city and has a strong alumni network here. I appreciate the opportunities that going to school here has provided, and look forward to joining Chicago’s legal community after graduation.”

COURTROOM CHOPS: Horwitz holds a Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy—along with two other scholarships—and he and his team recently advanced from the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Mock Trial Competition to the National Competition. “Competing in mock trial competitions for Loyola my second and third years has been an immersive, challenging, and rewarding experience,” he says.

LEARNING BY DOING: “Loyola’s Community Law Center has allowed me to represent minors as a guardian ad litem and begin to develop interviewing and negotiation skills,” Horwitz says. “The clinic has also been a great opportunity to appear in court as a 711-licensed law student under faculty supervision.” He’s also participated in a variety of volunteer programs as a member of the Public Interest Law Society, and honed his writing skills on the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review.

FAVORITE PROF: Henry Rose’s Law and Poverty class was one of Horwitz’s favorites. “It was wonderful to see how passionate Professor Rose is about public interest law,” he says, “and to hear stories from his career.”

WE’VE GOT HIS BACK: “Loyola faculty and administrators are incredibly welcoming and supportive. The professors are enthusiastic and willing to answer questions in class and during office hours, and the administration is accessible and helpful in providing guidance,” Horwitz says. “While law school is a constant struggle to find the 25th hour in the day, it makes it a lot easier to know that there are people who believe in you and have your back.”

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