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Law Student Found Meaning Assisting AIDS Orphans

July 2, 2011



Law school graduate Tyler Lake is grateful for the five life-changing weeks he spent in Uganda, where he advocated for children orphaned by AIDS.

Most law students think of a business suit as their future uniform. Trading it for a T-shirt wasn’t Tyler Lake’s intention, but he did just that. As a first-year student at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, he fulfilled an externship in Uganda, where he advocated for children orphaned by AIDS. He even founded a charity, International Children’s Legal Aid, to help AIDS orphans. “I did not realize the impact going to Uganda for five weeks would have on my life,” he says. “Experiencing  international human rights work through this externship, I realized a passion and excitement for another aspect of the legal profession that I found very fulfilling.”

Lake is grateful to those who donated to make his externship a reality. “Donations provided the way,” he says. “Thank you for believing that students need experiences like this to find their path in life. . . . I will strive to use my education to improve society and [provide for] social need in the world.”


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