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Alyssa Falk
ACES is a premier research institution that allowed me to extensively learn about agricultural economics, partake in several job shadow opportunities, and conduct research with an exceptional professor.

Profile: Alyssa Falk

Alumni
Law student, University of Illinois College of Law

Agricultural and Consumer Economics (ACE) graduate Alyssa Falk believes her successful experience in law school can be credited to her ACE education.

“Law is very analytical, and the problem-solving skills that I developed during my economics courses in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES) have helped me in my legal writing course,” Falk said. “That foundation has helped me organize my arguments and provide an economic perspective to legal issues in my doctrinal courses.”

Falk is interested in pursuing a legal career focusing on Agricultural Law or Environmental Law, eventually pursuing a general counsel position for an agricultural company.

Her experiences inside and outside of the classroom while an agricultural and consumer economics student have helped her gain the most from her undergraduate education.

“ACES is a premier research institution that allowed me to extensively learn about agricultural economics, partake in several job shadow opportunities, and conduct research with an exceptional professor,” she said. “ACES sets itself apart by its approachable, world-class faculty. I always felt that I could speak with my professors, and they were always willing to take the time to meet with me and assist all students.”

She said her professors’ knowledge in their areas of expertise, along with their passion for agriculture and teaching, was inspiring.

“It was apparent that each professor wanted their students to excel and enjoy the material,” she added.

In the fall of 2010, Falk studied abroad for a semester in Aix-en-Provence, France. While there, she took general courses that fulfilled her general education requirements and improved her French speaking skills.

“For anyone that is interested in studying abroad, I would highly recommend staying with a host family. My host family was so welcoming, and my French language skills vastly improved while I stayed with them. I learned more about French culture through the dinners I had with my host family than I ever could in class. Studying abroad also sparked my desire to return to France to pursue my legal career after law school.”  

In addition, she conducted an undergraduate research project in her final semester for the James Scholar Program. She researched corn yield sensitivity in drought conditions under the supervision of Dr. Scott Irwin.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to work with Dr. Irwin who was so knowledgeable in agricultural economics and helpful in advancing my research,” she said. “The project was an excellent opportunity to synthesize and apply all of the knowledge I gained in my ACES courses. I was then able to display my results in the undergraduate symposium at the end of the semester.”