STUDENT PROFILE Mikaila John
Taking the lead
Mikaila John didn’t know a single attorney when she applied to law school. Then an undergraduate at Rutgers University, the New Jersey native did know that her parents, both immigrants from the Caribbean, had endowed her with grit, motivation, passion, and an ability to do hard things. Now a third-year student, she has put those qualities to work academically and, moreover, as a student leader at Loyola, where she is immediate past president of the Black Law Students Association and president of the Student Bar Association [SBA].
What drew you to Loyola?
Loyola was one of the few schools that offered a dual degree program in law and education policy. My mom was a teacher, and she taught me a passion for education equity. When the pandemic hit, though, I had to move home, and I dropped the M.Ed. program to focus on law. But Loyola has given me so many ways to feel like I’m still doing what I set out to do. I’ve enrolled three times in the Education Law Practicum, and I worked at an education law firm in Chicago last year. Last spring, I did an externship in the Chicago Public Schools’ Labor and Employee Discipline Unit; it was so amazing that I’m back this semester.