Kristen Vander-Plas

Kristen graduated from LCU with a B.A. in Humanities in 2013, specializing in Political Science and minoring in English, Law & Government, and History. She then received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence at Texas Tech University School of Law in 2016. She graduated in May of 2016 with highest honors and as a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif and Order of the Barrister. While at Tech Law, Kristen competed on the school's traveling moot court competition teams, winning 3 National Championships, 1 State Championship, and 3 National Best Oralist awards. Kristen is currently a briefing attorney for the Supreme Court of Texas, where she assists the Court in reviewing petitions, preparing for oral argument, and drafting opinions. She plans to return to Lubbock and pursue a career in civil litigation and appeals.

"Having a Humanities major has been a tremendous help to me. At every turn of my school and legal career, I am reminded just how important it is to know about more than just one subject. As a lawyer, I have to be able to take in multiple sides of a story and synthesize it down to one theme that will resonate with a judge and a jury. As a briefing attorney, I have to read thousands of pages and make a recommendation to the Supreme Court based on my research. I get the chance to draft legal opinions that will forever shape Texas law. These skills - reading, writing, and researching - I learned at LCU and honed in the Humanities Department. I’ll always be grateful for the professors who taught me to embrace the workload and to study just a little bit harder. Because of them, I have soared to new heights and look forward to seeing what God has planned for me in my chosen profession."