Daniel Moler (Class of 2016)

  • photo of Daniel Molerjunior Pre-Law student with Economics major
  • minor in Political Science
  • from Cincinnati, OH
  • shadowed two judges in Hamilton County
  • participated in a wrongful death case while interning for CB Law in Columbus, OH
I'm an Economics major, but we all have to fulfill Miami's liberal arts requirements. I had to take classes I never would have chosen otherwise, but I've learned tremendous amounts. For example, I used to disdain writing, but I loved both my English writing courses, ENG 111 and 112…Good writing skills are really important to be successful in any field, and my writing has improved significantly since I started attending Miami.


Why Miami?

"Miami has a small-town, homey feel, and it gives you the sense like you're kind of far away, but being from Cincinnati I can get home in 50 minutes if necessary. Schools such as Ohio State seem just too big for me. At Miami, I feel a sense of seclusion when I see friends and familiar faces daily, rather than passing complete strangers.

"My first year at Miami was a massive transition. To be completely honest, I skated by in high school but managed to do well. However, I didn't put in as much effort as I do here in college. I've studied more here than I could have ever imagined. It really is a whole different world!

"Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to go into law, specifically corporate law. When I first started at Miami, I was considering majoring in finance, which is more of a narrow path than economics. I realized that if I did finance but not corporate law, then that path would really close the door on other aspects of law. To me, economics is a subject where I can learn about everything in the arts and sciences, like in my global studies and science classes, while taking courses in the business school. Those opportunities really allow me to gain a broader spectrum of knowledge, which is extremely important to hone as a lawyer."

Best Miami Experiences

enlarged photo of Judge Craig Hedric and Daniel Moler"What I love most about Miami is all the friends I have here. We all had best friends in high school, but the people I've met at Miami are different—I already know they're going to be my lifelong friends. Your friends are the best networking tool you have, and they've given me various connections for careers and internships.

"Pre-Law 101 has been one of my favorite classes thus far, and it's ideal for anyone that is thinking of attending law school. Maria Vitullo, the pre-law director, is extremely knowledgeable and will bend over backwards to assist you in any manner that she can. Attorneys visited our class from all sorts of firms, big and small, private and public, to talk about what they do. Two judges also came in, which led to my opportunity to shadow them.

"Because of that experience, when I did internship interviews, I had a really good talking point. I knew a lot more about law from shadowing those judges, and the interviewers were impressed that I took the initiative to do that. That was one of the more meaningful things that I've done."

Miami and the Liberal Arts

"I'm an Economics major, but we all have to fulfill Miami's liberal arts requirements. I had to take classes I never would have chosen otherwise, but I've learned tremendous amounts. For example, I used to disdain writing, but I loved both my English writing courses, ENG 111 and 112. A huge aspect of getting into law school is being able to write well, and I wrote a lot both in those classes and later on in my internship over the summer. Good writing skills are really important to be successful in any field, and my writing has improved significantly since I started attending Miami. Believe it or not, I now absolutely jump at any chance I get to write, whether it's a letter, email, essay, or whatever. My teacher for ENG 111 and 112 was Joshua Moats, and I would suggest him to anyone. He is the most helpful professor I've had, bar none.

"Liberal arts at Miami has also led me to take some amazing classes in political science, including POL 241, American Political System. It was difficult, but I think it should be a required course no matter what your major is. A lot of people these days listen to biased news sources, and that's all they know. They don't know the government, they don't know how many senators there are, they don't know how many representatives there are, or how they get elected, or how states are divided up into districts. We live here in the United States, so it is essential for everyone to know how our government operates, and that is what the entire class is about. I think that is more meaningful and applicable than a vast majority of courses here."

Shadowing County Judges and Interning at a Columbus Law Firm

"During Winter Term 2014, I got to shadow both Judge Beth Myers and Judge Jody Luebbers in the Hamilton County Courthouse. This was one of the most interesting experiences I have ever had. They took me back in their chambers, they went through the docket with me, and before we went into court, they explained the charges and background of the case. Both of them were extremely nice, doing absolutely everything for me to make sure I knew what was going on. Judge Luebbers even pulled up a chair beside her on the bench, and I sat beside her the entire time. During the proceedings, she would engage me and answer any questions that I had. It was an extremely insightful experience, to say the least."

enlarged photo of Daniel Moler and friends"Then, this past summer, I interned at CB Law in Columbus. I couldn't say enough about that experience. Being a small firm, I felt it was just right for an internship because you are going to learn a lot more. Small firms have the time to teach you, and they give you important tasks besides coffee runs and mundane things like that. Career-wise, I learned more in one summer there, whether that be about law, writing, or communication, than I have in my entire life.

"CB Law is a general practice law firm based in Columbus. The firm stands out, in part, due to the diverse and unique clientele it has, such as celebrities, musicians, and MMA fighters. They focus in the areas of business litigation, employment law, entertainment law, and several others.

"The most important thing I did all last summer at CB Law, however, was participating in a wrongful death case at the Franklin County Jail. In this case, which happened a few years ago, one of the inmates ended up dying. The law firm deposed 50 deputies and sheriffs from Franklin County, and these depositions are hundreds of pages long. All summer I was reading through them, pulling out relevant information, and watching footage. It was a magnificent hands-on experience.

"My bosses this summer were some of the greatest people I have ever met. Aside from their incredible knowledge of the law and determination to serve each and every client's needs, I genuinely enjoyed being in their presence. Getting up and going to work was pleasurable. I couldn't have dreamed of having a better experience during my internship last summer, and it's all accredited to my bosses and atmosphere in the firm. Working with them reassured me that law is definitely what I want to do."

Advice to Students

"Jump at every opportunity that you can, and don't sit back and wait for things to come to you. If it's out there, and you want it, you can get it. The Miami faculty and your friends are always there to help you, so take advantage of networking. Many of the opportunities I've had came from asking around and making connections through my friends. If you show that you are going to put in the time and effort, you will get what you want.

"Remember that a lot of legal internships are unpaid but still worthwhile. There is such high demand for internships, if you are presented with an opportunity, it's important to take it—one door leads to another, and eventually you'll get paid. Just look to the future, and it will pay off!"

[September 2014]