Taylor Hoverman

Taylor Hoverman, Class of ’16

Law Clerk, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

As for what makes the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University special, Taylor points to three key aspects of the law school: curriculum, opportunity, and faculty. “Having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in economics,” she says, “I was drawn to a legal curriculum that incorporated economic tools and methods, especially considering the increasing prominence of economic concepts within the legal field. No other law school in the country has made economic analysis such a vital component of their legal curriculum. By incorporating economics into our curriculum, Mason students learn more than just the black-letter law. Mason students understand the effects of the laws and are therefore able to make predictions about the application of those laws. This skill set has proved extremely valuable throughout my legal education, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

The location, according to Taylor, provides endless opportunities for law students to put their skills to the test. Says Taylor, “You can’t beat the location! Attending law school in such close proximity to Washington D.C. has allowed me to intern with the Environmental Protection Agency as well as American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, a trade association representing 97.5% of the U.S. refining capacity. Mason students also have opportunities to work at legal think tanks and non-profit organizations like the Mercatus Center, the Law & Economics Center, and the Institute for Humane Studies.”

Finally, Taylor credits the Scalia Law faculty with making the law school experience beyond compare. “To top it all off, the George Mason faculty is filled with some of the most respected professionals in the law and economics field. George Mason students are taught by professors whose publications are being read and discussed around the world!”