A family friend suggested Ryan Kellner look into Johns Hopkins. He did, and found “a unique space where I could carve out my own niche in studying both law and economics. It was the only school I found that allowed me almost total academic freedom. My curriculum over my four years reflected that flexibility. I took classes in everything from political science, to philosophy, to computer science, to, of course, economics.”
Ryan majored in Economics, and, unusually perhaps, did not pursue other majors or minors because he wanted to be able to choose a range of courses across the university. “I had a sense that I wanted to attend law school coming into Hopkins, but I wanted to diversify. The Economics Department provided the opportunity to attack typical legal problems, like crime and antitrust issues, through a new set of tools. The upper level classes had incredibly small class sizes, which led to great discussion and strong relationships with my professors. My senior year classes were some of my favorites for these reasons.”
Outside of class, Ryan captained one of Hopkins’ Mock Trial Teams, led a group of tutors in Hopkins’ Jail Tutorial Project, and served as a research assistant at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab.
Ryan worked in several legal internships, but found that he often drew on his economic toolkit. He is currently working for the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan as a paralegal, hoping this opportunity will help him decide if law schools is the right choice. “The Economics Department instilled in me a love for antitrust issues (particularly Professor Hamilton’s Economics of Antitrust course), and practicing antitrust law would be a great way to satisfy my legal and economic interests.”
What advice does Ryan have for potential economics majors?
“Study hard and meet with professors often. Study math and make sure you can write well. All of these skills will be important moving forward.”