Spotlight on Min-shik Kim, 3L

Min-shik Kim, 3L
King College
Major: Political Science & History
Q. Where are you from?
A. Daegu, South Korea.

Q. How did you spend your summer? 
A. I spent the first half of my summer at a local Legal Aid office where I participated in family law cases. During the second half of my summer, I interned at a private law firm in Alexandria, Virginia, where I researched and drafted legal memoranda in the area of contracts and real estates.

Q. What does becoming a lawyer mean to you? 
A. Being a lawyer means being a person who carefully listens to other people. I think a good argument starts with good listening. A good listener can be a reconciler, counselor, and advocate for others.

Q. What do you wish you knew before you started law school? 
A. I wish I knew how hard it is to raise a child during 1L year. I experienced sleep deprivation which gave me a hard time, especially during the legal research and writing assignment. However, my wife is very supportive, so I successfully completed my 1L and 2L years.

Q. What surprised you most about Regent? 
A. Regent has a very strong Christian community, which is always ready to help and support students. I especially appreciate the law wives group for helping my wife and my family.

Q. How is law school different from your college experience? 
A. Law school definitely requires much more work for each class and exam. It is not all about how well you can memorize the class material. Also, I always use this parable to describe law school life: Law school is like a life situation where you stand alone and people who are circled around you throw different kinds of food at you and expect you to catch and digest all of the food at the same time. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed, but you know that you need each food. You will learn a lot in very limited time.

Q. What is your favorite class so far and why? 
A. My favorite class is Constitutional Law. I have always been interested in constitutional issues that relate to human rights. I had so much fun comparing and contrasting the constitutional cases between the U.S. and South Korea.

Q. What kind of law do you hope to practice after graduation? 
A. I am interested in matters related to international and domestic commercial business transactions.

Q. How would you describe the group of your closest friends found here at Regent? 
A. I have a group of fathers in my class who meet regularly. My friends care and pray for each other. They are credible and handsome!

Q. How do you prefer to study? 
A. I normally study in one of the study rooms in the library. When I study, I want to focus on the material in silent places. Some weekends, I prefer to study in coffee shops near Regent where I can be a little bit relaxed with some tasty coffee.

Q. What is your favorite book of all time and why? 
A. Silence by Shusaku Endo. It tells, through a story of missionaries in Japan in the 16th century, that God is not silent during difficult times. He is together with us and suffers with us.

Q. What is your favorite Bible verse? 
A. John 3:16. Now I am a father and now I know how much God loved this world. He loved this world so much.

Q. If you could have lunch with any faculty member or administrator at Regent who would it be and why? 
A. Dean Brauch. I’d like to have the chance to talk to him.

Q. What kinds of extra-curricular activities are you involved with? 
A. I am currently helping to prepare a North Korean human rights symposium in this fall with my good colleagues for the Center for Global Justice. I hope that many people come to this event and learn about the human rights issues of North Korean refugees.

Q. If you had an entire weekend available, what would you do in the Hampton Roads area? 
A. I’d like to go to Portsmouth and take a cruise, have a nice brunch with my family in Williamsburg, and spend all day on the beach.

Q. Is there anything else you would like your peers or future law students to learn about you? 

A. If you would like to try some Korean foods, don’t hesitate to contact me!

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