Richard Prebil

Richard PrebilCurrent Location: Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Naperville, IL

UIS Degree: B.A. 2014 (History & Legal Studies)

Current Position
Full-Time Student at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (’17), and Veterans Project/SOAR Extern at Homeless Advocacy Project (Philadelphia)

Career Highlights
“My biggest accomplishment has been using my education (both from law school and UIS) to help establish and operate a free legal clinic for low-income veterans at a Chicago VA Medical Center. Now, in Philadelphia, with all of the experiences that I have had so far, I am able to see the importance of using my education to help people who truly need and deserve it.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“Getting a degree in Legal Studies at UIS allowed me to be prepared, more than I ever could have imagined, for law school. I had heard that the intense LES 401 & 402 were great precursors for law school, but I truly never knew how accurate that was until my first semester of legal research and writing at my school when I pretty much already knew what was happening. Having that experience allowed me to get jobs right away and begin to build my experience. I am forever thankful to the amazing professors of the UIS Legal Studies Department for their tireless work to ensure that we are as prepared as possible.”

Memories of UIS
“My favorite memory of UIS was being involved with the Student Activities Committee (SAC). From just helping out with Springfest (great event at UIS) to being elected chairman, the last half of my time at UIS was defined by my work with Student Life. While I enjoyed learning, it was nice to get away and do something fun—trying to see what students at the school wanted to do and then trying to get them to do it. Planning events and everything that SAC entailed was pretty awesome! Being able to go to conferences to see people from all across the region and learn about student affairs was just an amazing perk. And yeah maybe the whole sitting in an auditorium for four days while musicians, comedians, and speakers entertained you wasn’t too bad either!”

Interesting Fact
“Favorite movie: Hercules (yes, the Disney version—well pretty much any Disney movie) and A Few Good Men. Interest hobby: reading, of my own free volition, cases and other FUN legal magazines, articles, etc.”


Posted on November 21, 2016