I’m Valencia Clemons-Bush and I am a 2L here at Mizzou. I was born and raised in southwest, Georgia and graduated from high school in Webb City, MO. I returned to Georgia for undergrad at Spelman College in Atlanta, where I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and a concentration in International Relations.
After undergrad, I took a few years off to support attorneys as a Litigation Legal Assistant and Paralegal. My initial plan was to obtain a Masters in International Relations and work as a Foreign Service Officer; however, after working with attorneys, I realized I could conquer my dream with a degree in law. My work in litigation provided me with an opportunity to experience the daily “norms” of a litigating attorney. I worked alongside attorneys to investigate and organize facts, perform limited research and prepare for hearings and depositions. I gained firsthand experience servicing and advocating for clients, a transferable skill that I will use in any career I choose.
I applied to Mizzou because I was impressed by the quality education and affordable tuition. While researching schools, I found that very few programs offered a reasonable price for a legal education. My visit to Mizzou solidified my decision to attend. I met admissions personnel and students and immediately felt at home. Mizzou invests in their students, and I’m extremely happy with my decision to attend. If you have any questions about Mizzou or law school in general, please do not hesitate to contact me.