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Alumni Connection: Molly Crane '16, '22 JD on Pursuing a Legal Degree to Create Change

Molly is currently working towards her JD at Northwestern to become a policymaker.


Molly Crane '16, '22 JD

Current Job Title: J.D. Candidate
Organization: Northwestern Law
Volunteer Work: Jail Visitor at the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants and Prison Monitor at the John Howard Association of Illinois

Undergraduate Major: Sociology, Political Science, African Studies
Minor: Global Health

When I came to Northwestern:

I wanted to be a high school math teacher.

When I graduated from Northwestern, I wanted to be:

A policymaker fighting for holistic change in the criminal legal system. After undergrad, I worked for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and then the City of Chicago Inspector General's Office as a Performance Analyst in the Office of Police Reform.

I am now working as:

A law student at Northwestern Law where I am involved in the Incarcerated Women's Project, Collaboration for Justice, ACLU, and National Lawyers Guild.

My advice to students is:

Get involved in your community! It can be a very meaningful experience connecting with your neighbors through issues you care about, whether you choose this as your career or you choose something different.

Want to connect?

Contact Cassie Petoskey, Director of the Waldron Student-Alumni Connections Program, at Include a short paragraph on your background as well as what you are hoping to get out of this connection and Cassie will touch base about next steps.
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