Jennifer Elaine Gaubert Aertker
Class of 2006
LSU Law Student
Background: Undergraduate degree in finance from LSU and MBA from Loyola University in New Orleans. While involved in the master’s program, worked as a research assistant and in the private sector to help streamline business processes and create employee manuals for a local real estate company. Received the Dean’s Annual Honor Award and served as a Big Brother Big Sister mentor for the Sophie B. Wright Learning Academy and a mentor at Mount Carmel Academy. Also served as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer for the Greater New Orleans area.
Why Law School: I wanted to pursue a legal education because I believe that law governs society and shapes most aspects of our daily lives--from the structure of family to the creation and running of a business. I believed that knowledge of such a powerful tool would benefit me in the pursuit of helping others.
Why LSU Law: I am a Louisiana native and am a product of the TOPS scholarship funding. My heart is in Louisiana, and it has always been my desire to give back to the community that supported my educational endeavors.
Biggest Surprise: Prior to coming to LSU Law, many people warned me of the treachery that lurked in the halls. To my delight, my classmates were a great group of people who generally stuck together to help one another. It was not as “dog-eat-dog” as I was warned. Rather, the camaraderie exuded by my classmates helped people come together to contribute to the Law Center. For example, some of my classmates created the Civilian student newsletter and various extracurricular events, such as the annual Barrister’s Bowl.
About the Faculty: For the most part, faculty members were effective. Yes, there were some who hid the ball, but once you figured it out, academic life became much more translatable.
LSU Law Curriculum: The LSU Law curriculum suitably prepares someone to take the Louisiana bar. If students plan to take and pass the Louisiana bar, they can structure their course requirements to parallel the Louisiana bar courses. However, for those moving out of state or out of the country, there are many common law and global courses to choose from as well.
Special Honors/Interests: Vice president of the LSU Law Student Bar Association during my second year and section representative my first year. I competed in the LSU LSBA mock trial team and the Civil Flory Trials and was a staff writer for the Civilian. I worked with the Volunteer International Tax Assistance; served as a student coordinator for the LSU Law American Heart Walk; and, as a Thirst for Justice volunteer with the LSU Law Pro Bono Society. I clerked for law firms and was a student representative for Lexis Nexis Legal Research.
Just For Fun: I love to workout, especially aerobic kickboxing and running. I enjoy hanging out with friends and laughing any chance I can get. I think what keeps us grounded are friends who remind us of who we really are and constantly challenge us to laugh at ourselves.
Career Aspirations: I would like the experience of working for a judge for a year or two before getting into practice. I plan to work as an attorney in a small to mid-size firm that does health care defense and/or commercial transactions and litigation. The bar courses I took will serve me well in my preparation for the Louisiana Bar Exam and the skills courses I took have given me the confidence and materials to understand the practical steps involved in the litigation process.