3L Spotlight: Danielle DeLeon Spires

Danielle Spires
Danielle DeLeon Spires graduated this May from DePaul University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Health Law. Danielle shared her interest in health law, experiences throughout law school, and advice for current law students.

Danielle graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Political Science. Her interest in law developed when she was only seven years old, however, her specific field of interest has changed over time. She originally came to DePaul hoping to study immigration law, but after attending several Health Law Institute lectures her 1L year, she noticed a shift in her passion.

During law school, Danielle had several internships that shaped her experience at DePaul. After her 1L year, Danielle worked at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance, having the opportunity to experience different types of law. She has also worked in various legal settings including a firm, the Department of Justice, legal aid clinics, and legal services offices. Currently, Danielle is working for DePaul’s Legal Services office.

One of Danielle’s favorite classes was the Fraud and Abuse class taught by Professor Schostok. She found the class interesting and says that anyone interested in health law should take this class. She also found Administrative Law interesting. Danielle believes that DePaul provides numerous opportunities to be able to have a wide variety of legal experiences.  

Danielle’s advice for law students is to not panic about less than stellar grades. She says to do your best, but that not everyone is academically strong and that academics do not fully represent the kind of person, or attorney, you will be. For all students, but especially those who struggle academically, she recommends embracing every opportunity that comes their way. She emphasizes the importance of making connections and networking while pursuing these opportunities. Another important piece of advice she gives to law students is to not be afraid to walk away from a job that is not working out.

After graduation, Danielle is moving back to Ohio, her home state, and is scheduled to take the July bar exam. Danielle is interested in working within the health law field, specifically focusing on public benefits.

We at the E-Pulse wish Danielle good luck on the upcoming bar exam and all the best in her future endeavors!