First Year

Michelle Ramus is originally from a small town in Northeast Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University in May 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Legal Studies. She spent the two years between undergrad and law school serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural South Africa.

Michelle is a 2L and a member of the Marshall Inn. She is treasurer of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, a member of the Moot Court Board, a member of The George Washington University Law Review, and treasurer of the Equal Justice Foundation.

She spent her summer working for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's Office of the General Counsel. In the fall, she will be interning for The Honorable Rudolph Contreras at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and The Honorable John McCabe at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Michelle likes to spend what little free time law school leaves her at the gym, happy hour, or eating cupcakes.

The SBA Orientation staff and volunteers play a crucial role New Student Orientation in August. We work closely with the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Admission and Financial Aid, and Records Office to plan, organize, and facilitate Orientation events. The SBA plans and sponsors a variety of events including, evening New Student Meet and Greets, a Diversity Outreach Brunch, softball games on the National Mall, a zoo trip, and even a bowling night. In addition, the SBA recruits current law students to participate as volunteers through out Orientation. Volunteers check new students in and get them situated with their class schedule, and then serve as guides and resources for all and any questions new students may have. This is the first time incoming students get to interact with the rest of the student body and we strive to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome from day one.


In order to help ease the transition to law school life, the SBA created the Mentoring Program, which pairs incoming 1Ls with an upperclassman mentor for the duration of the first year. An upperclassman mentor serves as a resource for all things GW, D.C. and life in general. Mentors can provide mentees with advice on study tips, outlines, classes and professors, or even just the best place to grab a cup of coffee. Mentors and mentees meet at least twice per semester, and also have the opportunity to participate in campus-wide SBA-sponsored events such as Mentoring Thirsty Thursday!


To help 1Ls deal with the unique stresses of the first year of law school, the First Year Students team plans and facilitates events throughout the year that are specifically targeted at 1Ls. To help students get involved in the campus community, the First Year Students team organizes and annual Student Activities Fair. Early in the school year, this provides an opportunity for 1Ls to meet student representatives from different student groups and get involved in things that interest them within the first few weeks of school. In addition, the First Year Students team plans other events that coincide with the 1L schedule. Traditionally, these events have included a party after the midterm exams and again final exams. If you have a suggestion for a specific event you'd like to see happen, just let us know!