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A candid conversation with Corbin I. Carpenter, Esquire

Question 2: Was your law school experience challenging? Please explain.


A: "Yes, very much so, but those challenges pale in comparison to the challenges faced everyday in actual practice. I am a proud alumnus of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Memphis Law was very challenging and enriching both pedagogically and practically; however, my mentality enabled me to not only endure, but to thrive while there. Upon entering Memphis Law, I didn’t have the highest “student index” but with the assistance from my support system, diligence, a strong work ethic and with ingesting an exorbitant amount of coffee, I graduated with a GPA over 3.0 and a variety of accolades to compliment that. During my time at Memphis Law I chose not to take the “traditional law student” path. With the exception of serving as President of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) during my second year, I instead chose to get intimately involved in the Memphis community, specifically with the youth, civil rights and politics. I actively served on three boards, one of which I was the Board Chairman of, and began to immerse myself in the local/state political landscape and culture, all while maintaining my academic responsibilities and everyday obligations. I must’ve been out of my mind, right?

Nevertheless, developing a pedagogical and theoretical legal perspective in the classroom while contemporaneously garnering various degrees of practical experience helped prepare and shape me to be the attorney and business owner I am today. As Madam C.J. Walker said, “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it, for whatever success I have attained has been the result of much hard work and many sleepless nights.” So, if anything, I probably made my law school experience way more challenging than it should’ve been, but I have absolutely no regrets and would do it the exact same way again!”

Corbin I. Carpenter, Esquire is owner and managing member of Carpenter Law, PLLC. He can be reached at

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