Amari Wright stands in the Muse Library

Student Spotlight: Amari Wright, L’23

February 17, 2023
BLSA President Amari Wright shares how the University of Richmond School of Law is preparing her for her dream career.

As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re sharing how some of our current students are making Black history right now. Like Amari Wright, L’23, a Richmond native and President of the Black Law Student Association with a passion for real estate law.

Why did you decide to attend law school?

I’ve always wanted to be an attorney. I never had a plan B, so I had no choice!

Why Richmond Law, in particular?

I’m a Richmond native. I’ve always planned to stay where my family is located. Richmond Law also had a great network of alumni and I liked that.

What are your career goals? How does your experience as a Black woman impact those goals?

I want to become a commercial real estate developer. Being a Black woman has affected me at every moment of my life – negatively and positively. In college, I had an academic advisor tell me I wasn’t smart enough to go to law school, which was a reoccurring statement she made to Black students. I’ve always gained opportunities through programs designated for minorities. There have always been people who doubted my abilities because of being a woman alone, and being Black didn’t help. However, there is also power in standing out.

What law school course/clinic/program has had the greatest impact on you law school experience?

Doing externships! I’ve done two externship – one at Dominion Energy and another at a real estate investment firm. Both externships granted me practical learning experiences and introduced me to helpful mentors. I’ve learned more day-to-day practices than I ever could in a classroom.

How have you benefitted from being a member of BLSA?

BLSA was my safe space in my 1L year. This is when COVID forced classes to be online and in smaller classroom sections. I didn’t have anyone in my section that looked like me – which can be isolating. BLSA members reached out to me and became a place where I could be myself. I became more involved my 2L year and grew a deeper connection to the Black community on campus, which led me to run for president as a 3L.

What impact do you hope to make on the legal system after you graduate?

I hope to leave a legacy of someone who was integral, willing to help, and broke barriers.

In one word, how would you describe your experience at Richmond Law?